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Children are taught Religious Education (RE).  During these lessons, pupils will take part in group and class discussions, learn facts about religions and complete art-work and written tasks.


Children are taught about a variety of main religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism. The religion of Christianity is a theme that is revisited in each year.


At Burnside we follow the Northumberland Agreed Religious Education syllabus. The purpose of the syllabus is to ‘affirm the important contribution that Religious Education makes to the education of all pupils growing up in contemporary British society’. It seeks to contribute to a curriculum in schools which is expected to be balanced, broadly based and:
– Promotes the spiritual, moral, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.
– Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.


Each religion is explored through key themes. 

  • Beliefs, Teachings, and Sources
  • Practices and Ways of Life
  • Expressing Meaning
  • Identity, Diversity and Belonging
  • Meaning, Purpose and Truth
  • Values and Commitments


The RE curriculum is designed so that pupils acquire knowledge through a well-planned, sequenced order. They make this progression by building on knowledge and understanding taught in previous year groups  For example, in KS1 , pupils will learn that Christians believe in ’10 Commandments’ – a set of rules – this concept is revisited so that pupils learn that religions have a set of rules or principles to abide by. In KS 2, for example, pupils will learn about the ‘five pillars of Islam’ and the five ‘precepts’ of Buddhism.


The Religious Education curriculum makes links to the wider curriculum. 

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