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At Sandilands Primary school  we follow the National Curriculum and deliver the ‘Manchester Agreed Syllabus 2016-2021’. It is our intent for the Religious Education element of our school curriculum to inspire, engage and challenge pupils equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practises that are followed in our multi -cultural society. It is also our aim to encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The school believes that it is important for all children to have access to opportunities for spiritual development and awareness and understanding of the great religious traditions.

Religious Education is taught weekly as a separate subject. Key stage one is taught 36 hours per year and key stage two 45 hours per week which can be taught as an hour a week or in a series of days or blocks that amount to that.

Staff are aware of the long term plan for religious education and the medium term plans are saved in the teachers area. Children answer key questions relating to believing, expressing and living. The plans and objectives follow our schools Age Related Expectations and enable progression and consistency throughout the school. All resources are stored in one place, clearly labelled.

Experiences and enrichment opportunities at Sandilands

  • Handling artefacts
  • Using imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas
  • Meeting visitors from local religious communities
  • Taking part in whole school events (multi-faith days, Harvest Festival, school performances)
  • Responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
  • Comparing religions and worldviews through discussion
  • Debating and communicating religious belief, worldviews and philosophical ideas and answering ultimate questions posed by these

EYFS: understanding the world/PSED 

In Early Years, children learn about different celebrations across a range of different religions. The curriculum also focuses on the values of love, kindness and respect and the similarities and differences between families. They will also begin to understand different cultures and traditions that each follow.

3-4 Year olds

  • Develop their sense of responsibility and membership of a community.
  • Continue to develop positive attitudes about the differences between people. 


  • See themselves as a valuable individual.
  • Think about the perspectives of others.
  • Talk about members of their immediate family and community.
  • Name and describe people who are familiar to them.
  • Understand that some places are special to members of their community.
  • Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways