Religious Education

Our R.E Intent

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

Our RE intent is to promote and encourage respect for all people of different faiths and those of no faith. Lessons should provide a space to learn about different religions, beliefs and cultures – to ask questions and consider, appreciate and celebrate differences and similarities.

Children should be given regular opportunities to discuss their thoughts on issues and concepts including human values, equality, tolerance, morality, charity and kindness. Important links can be made with self-reflection and mindfulness.

At Holly Park school we follow the RE syllabus agreed by the Borough of Barnet.

Please see our Holly Park RE Curriculum Map: RE Curriculum Coverage

Please find the 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