RE Curriculum at Edward Peake

Live  Love  Learn

“The principal aim of RE is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.” RE Agreed Syllabus 2018-2023

“Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.” Romans 15:7


  • To enable all pupils to explore their own beliefs and those of others in a safe and risk free environment
  • To enable pupils to be ‘religiously literate’ and to be able to voice their beliefs and opinions articulately
  • To give pupils the skills to interpret and analyse texts and other sources


Pupils are encouraged to broaden and deepen knowledge whilst showing a positive attitude to learning. A curriculum which covers 4 of the BIG 6 religions in greater detail, whilst using prior knowledge of Judaism from lower school and including some relevant details about Buddhism (studied in more detail in Year 9).


Live: Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education

Love: Broaden pupils’ horizons

Learn: Independent, confident and successful learners

In the classroom

Sequenced learning with prior learning revisited and built upon

Range of topics studied to include world views of those with a faith and those with agnostic and atheist views. Many topics relate views and belief to Biggleswade, the UK and the wider world.

Quality first teaching

Challenging activities

Broad and balanced offering

Variety of responses accepted: drama, discussion, speeches, artwork, poetry, hotseating

Smart targets set to focus on areas for development.

Out of the classroom

Close links with feeder lower schools and upper schools to encourage smooth transitions. Visiting speakers and trips arranged as appropriate.

Pupils encouraged to discuss their ideas outside the classroom and to gather ideas in some topics from family and friends. Careers display to  demonstrate how RE is important in the wider world and in each pupil’s future. 

Knowledge organisers to encourage learning outside the classroom. Prior and personal knowledge and ideas welcomed (eg those who have a deeper knowledge of a particular faith)

Intervention strategies and support by teacher and subject leader.


Pupils achieve academically, are ready for their next steps in education and have high aspirations for their future.


Live:  Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education.

Love: Broaden pupils’ horizons

Learn: Independent, confident and successful learners


Pupils are able to build on prior knowledge to develop further in subsequent topics.


KS3 pupils are upper school ready.

Pupils are prepared for the wider world.

Pupils extend their cultural capital  by studying a range of beliefs and understanding the local and global views of the religions and views covered.

Pupils develop their skills of discussion, analysis and interpretation to be used in other subject areas and in a range of situations.