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Religious Education

Religious Education at St. Denys C of E (controlled) Infant School



The principal aim of RE at St. Denys is to explore the big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference it makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living


Time Allocation

The time allocated for R.E is:


Foundation Stage:

RE will be integrated into programmes in line with the EYFS profile, themes will be explored weekly through enhanced continuous provision.


Key Stage 1:

36 hours per year
Year 1 - 1hr per week
Year 2 – 40 mins per week 
(20 mins recap of RE themes) 


This is in addition to the daily practice of collective worship.


Approaches to teaching RE

St. Denys is a Voluntary Controlled School therefore we deliver RE in line with the Locally Agreed Syllabus alongside 'Understanding Christianity', exploring the 8 key concepts of Christianity. 

In order to make religious education a lively, active subject we employ a variety of teaching methods through:

  • discussions
  • outside visitors
  • trips
  • art
  • music
  • drama
  • use of artefacts
  • pictures
  • stories
  • use of periods of stillness and reflection
  • prayers


Where possible we want our pupils to have opportunities to encounter local faith communities through visits to local places of worship or visits from members of local faith communities.