Religious Education

Our R.E Intent

‘RE is like an iceberg. As you unpack ideas, you come to understand deeper meaning.’ 

At Holly Park Primary School, we value and celebrate the rich diversity of the community we serve. As such, through the teaching of Religious Education we seek to promote and encourage respect for all people of different religions and world views. Children will learn about religions and world views, including beliefs, practices and traditions. Children will be able to gain a deep understanding of religions and world views by being encouraged to ask questions. Children will also learn from religion and will have regular opportunities to discuss their thoughts on issues that will help to develop their sense of belonging and identity, for example human rights, equality, tolerance, morality, charity and kindness.

Strong links will also be made to the British Values, Children’s Rights and SMSC development. As a result, RE will help children to reflect on the kind of person they want to be as a member of Holly Park School but also as citizens of the world.

‘Differences were made not to divide but to enrich.’ J.H Oldham

Children will have the opportunity to reflect on what it means to have a faith. We have a strong understanding of how RE can play a leading role in pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  At Holly Park we know how relationships with members of local communities and local faith communities can enrich pupils’ experiences in RE and we strive to cultivate and maintain these relationships.​

At Holly Park school we follow the RE syllabus agreed by the Borough of Barnet. Here it is:  Barnet Agreed Syllabus. 

The aim of Religious Education in the Agreed Syllabus is to enable students to explore the nature of religion and fundamental questions of human experience.

Religious Education should therefore help pupils to:

  • develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities and societies
  • enhance and reflect on their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • grow in confidence in their own faith and respect those with a faith different from their own
  • develop a positive attitude to living in a religiously diverse society
  • develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issue.

We believe in teaching a broad and balanced curriculum. We think carefully about the needs of our community and plan in a flexible and creative way. Children uphold the school values and respect the religious beliefs of both their local community and the wider society; encouraging empathy, generosity and compassion.

Through our cross-curricular planning children learn that RE can be taught through other subjects, such as; In Geography, they explore, observe and find out about places and objects that matter in different cultures and beliefs. In Literacy, children learn about others through books, poems, drama and discussion.

Every year group at Holly Park will make a visit to a place of worship to enhance pupils’ understanding of other religions and religious practices.

  • Year 1 – A Church
  • Year 2 – A synagogue
  • Year 3 – A Gudwara
  • Year 4 – A Church
  • Year 5 –  A Mosque
  • Year 6 – A Hindu Temple