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Religious Education

RE Intent 


At Gatcombe Park Primary School, we follow the Discovery RE curriculum, led through concepts and enquiries that make links with their own experiences, in-line with the rest of our curriculum. There is a strong focus on developing a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding in order for children to explore their place, responsibility and contribution to their communities and wider society. Our aim is to teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and to challenge prejudice and stereotypes.  

With the majority of our school community identifying as Christian, Christianity is the core religion taught through every year group. Islam features at regular intervals across the school, due to it being the second most practised religion in our school and in Portsmouth. Judaism is taught regularly alongside Christianity in KS1, to provide children with an understanding of the origins of Christianity. Hinduism and Sikhism are taught in KS2 to allow children to broaden their understanding of British society. This exposure to a range of religions enables the opportunity to compare and reflect on how different people show faith.

At Gatcombe Park Primary School, we aim to develop children through religious education by learning about and from some of the main world religions. Through this, children will demonstrate:


  • Knowledge and understanding of some of the key aspects of each of the religions that are studied.
  • Personal resonance and reflection of the key concepts and beliefs about the subject matter of enquiry
  • Ability to respectfully express their own thoughts, opinions and belief about the subject matter of enquiry
  • Evaluation and critical thinking in relation to the enquiry questions
  • A sense of awe, wonder and mystery.