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Religious Education


At Summerlea School we intend to learn from and about different religious groups and beliefs and how they shape life and behaviour. In doing this, children will understand the world around them and will become resilient, understanding, accepting and inquisitive learners.

The children of Summerlea will be asking questions to enquire about and reflect on different world views and their own beliefs, morals and experiences.

At Summerlea School, we believe that it is important to develop all children’s cultural capital and endeavour to offer children rich and varied experiences; to equip children with the essential knowledge about world religions and different communities. As part of a broad and balanced curriculum, R.E. will promote equality and the understanding of British values and will ensure that children are well-prepared for life in modern Britain.


We use the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus 2020-25 as the basis for our RE curriculum.

Throughout the school children will study aspects of:

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, the learning outcomes are referenced to Christianity, and as appropriate, to a range of other beliefs and cultures.

In KS1- Christianity is studied, with an introduction to Judaism and Islam.

In KS2- Children will study a range of world religions, with a focus on Christianity.

Our curriculum is built upon prior learning and skills. It is progressed year upon year and includes elements of philosophy to encourage inquisitive learning.

We complete work both in a written format, as well as giving children the opportunity to partake in discussion, art, drama and music. RE floor books are used to celebrate the work that children take part in, capturing pupil voice, collaborative work, thoughts and beliefs. 

Children are given the opportunity to engage in experiences and activities to broaden the depth of their religious and cultural knowledge. At Summerlea, children participate in daily collective worship in the form of whole school, key stage and singing assemblies, giving all pupils opportunities for personal reflection, celebration and spiritual development.

All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are and can be made between home, school and a faith community. 


Pupil interviews show that the children of Summerlea School have a strong awareness of the world around them and are mindful, respectful and understanding of the beliefs of others. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life and worship, and their own, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.


To view out RE curriculum, click here.