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The principle aim of Religious Education at HollingwoodPrimary School is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views address, so that our pupils can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.


Religious Education (RE) at Hollingwood Primary School is taught in the context of, and supported by our school values of ‘Respect, Resilience & Responsibility’ which are an integral part of our school community. RE also complements many of the aspects of learning in PSHE, as  children learn to be informed, active and  responsible British citizens.


As a school we recognise that we serve a largely mono-cultural area. We aim to widen our children’s knowledge, understanding and experiences of the diverse range of cultures and beliefs of Britain in order that they develop into citizens of a diverse society. They will develop a sense of their own identity, ideas and beliefs, whilst remaining respectful of those who have different ideas and beliefs.


In a society where there is often conflict between groups of different cultures and religious beliefs, and where media misrepresentation can cause negative perceptions of particular groups, we aim to provide children with the ability to appreciate the similarities, as well as the differences between believers’ ideas and lives and their own. Our curriculum also aims to support pupils in their personal development with regard to attributes such as kindness, integrity, generosity and honesty. These approaches support our wider work of building resilience, respect and responsibility in our pupils.


We follow the Derby and Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus. This syllabus, updated for 2020, is the basis for our planning and assessment and ensures that we fulfil our legal requirements for study.  These studies are supported by local links with places of worship and religious leaders.