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The principal aim of our R.E. curriculum is to engage pupils in an approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principal religions, faiths and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community. We have built our R.E. curriculum around themes and key questions that bridge religions and give children knowledge of the history and traditions around each faith. Alongside the rich curriculum, we also make regular visits to places of worship in London and host talks and workshops from people of different faiths and worldviews.


Government guidance states that schools should teach R.E. to support children’s:

  • Spiritual, moral, cultural and social development
  • Personal development and wellbeing and
  • Understanding of community cohesion

For further information please see the attached document for government guidance: Statutory RE in schools

At Laycock, we follow the Islington scheme of work for R.E.. This was developed by Islington and supported by a number of other schools in the borough including Laycock. The scheme of work covers a number of different religions and gives the children a general overview of each, so they develop a basic understanding.

The full scheme is attached here: RE Scheme of work Islington

Year groups are given 5 questions to cover over the course of each academic year. Each question allows them to investigate how these faiths impact the people’s lives who study them. This is done in a variety of ways:

  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Visits to places of worship
  • Role play

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Children are assessed using formative assessment strategies to ensure they improve what they know, understand and can do in line with the stated outcomes in the Islington R.E. syllabus. Teachers continually listen, observe and study what pupils say and do in lessons. Most formative assessment is completed in lessons and floor books are used to evidence the work. Pupil voice is also used as evidence of learning and it informs the teacher’s ongoing practice.


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