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At Collierley Primary School the aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop their knowledge, understanding and ability to respond to the principal religions represented in Great Britain; to help them to explore issues within and between faiths to help them understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions and understand the influence of these on individuals, societies, communities and cultures; to enable them to have reasoned opinions on religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


There will be cross curricular links with PSHCE through consideration of the beliefs and values of others, alongside other subject areas such as English through the application of skills.


In line with the Durham Local Agreed Syllabus (2020) the following religions have been chosen for study:

  • Christianity

  • Buddhism

  • Judaism

  • Hinduism

  • Islam

Religious Education is open and objective. It does not seek to impose religious beliefs on pupils, nor compromise the integrity of their own religious position. We endeavour to promote a positive and respectful attitude towards people and to promote the values necessary for citizenship within a multi-faith, multi-racial society. We recognise that there is a need for pupils to understand that the local area is not reflective of the diversity in Great Britain as a whole. Therefore, we recognise and celebrate the range of cultures and diversity in Great Britain.

Religious Education is taught with a focus on challenging key questions, providing opportunities for pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding, develop their critical thinking skills and time for personal reflection.


At Collierley Primary School, our children learn about a range of world religions. The children develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life. They are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and the wider world. We seek to ensure that all children are educated to develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally to enable them to be prepared for the challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world.

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