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All things are possible for one who believes – Mark 9:23

Religious Education

All things are possible for one who believes – Mark 9:23 

At Waverley Abbey, we believe that Religious Education is an integral part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Through R.E. lessons we support children in developing a strong sense of who they are and establish an understanding of the wider community in which we live. We aim to equip the children with the necessary skills to express their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way. Our children will develop the skills to evaluate and reflect upon the information they are learning and seeing how this could impact their lives.

At Waverley Abbey, R.E gives us the opportunity to celebrate our differences and show our appreciation of everyone’s beliefs and views. We aim to create an inclusive, comfortable atmosphere in which children thrive and develop their own beliefs and opinions. Tolerance and respect are key life skills, which are embedded throughout the children’s learning. We promote a Christian ethos through all areas of the curriculum in addition to RE lessons however through RE we aim to help children to understand the background and beliefs of Christianity and the main world religions. The children are given plenty of opportunity to discuss ideas and talk about their own experiences. They are shown how to and encouraged to use what they have learnt and apply it to their own lives.

We are very fortunate at Waverley Abbey to partake in workshops delivered by the Signposts team and go on trips to religious places. Each Easter we have a ‘Pause Day’ where we spend the whole day reflecting on specific parts of the Easter story and the impact it has on believers and our lives.

We base our R.E lessons around the Guildford Diocesan Guidelines for RE with the support from Understanding Christianity. The children learn about a variety of world religions including Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Christianity and Buddhism. Our lessons follow an enquiry approach, which each unit being themed around a question. Big questions are an important part of school life for us as we encourage children to ask them as a way to deepen their learning. We aim to make lessons interesting and varied to engage all children and include drama, dance, art, design, cooking and poetry as ways to express religious knowledge and personal impressions.


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GD: Why do Christians still pray the Lord’s Prayer?


UC: What is the Trinity?


GD: Christmas Y3: What might Jesus think about Christmas?

UC: What is it like to follow God?




UC: What is the Trinity?- Digging deeper

GD: How can a mosque help us to understand the Muslim faith?


GD: What are the pillars of Islam?


UC: Was Jesus the Messiah?

GD: What helps Hindus to worship?


GD: What does the Bible say about friendships and relationships?      


GD: Christmas Y6: What do the Gospels say about the birth of Jesus – and why is it ‘good news’?


UC: What kind of world did Jesus want?


UC: Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

GD: Is Christian worship the same all around the world?


UC: Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’? – Digging deeper

UC: What does it mean if God is holy and loving?


UC: What did Jesus do to save human beings?

UC: How can following God bring freedom and justice?


UC: What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?


GD: What are important times for Jews?


GD: How can a synagogue help us to understand the Jewish faith?


UC: When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?


GD: What does it mean to be a Sikh?

UC: What would Jesus do?


UC: Creation and Science: Conflicting or Complementary?

GD: What is the ‘Buddhist way of life’?


GD: What does the Bible say about moving on?

GD- Guildford Diocese guideline units

UC- Understanding Christianity units