Wardley Primary School
Keir Hardie Avenue, Wardley, Gateshead, NE10 8TX

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Wardley Primary School

Religious Education (RE)

At Wardley Primary School, we embrace and celebrate the diversity which exists within our school and society as a whole.  We acknowledge that the UK has a rich heritage of culture and diversity and that religion and belief for many form a crucial part of their culture and identity.

In a sensitive and thought provoking manner, we endeavour to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the following principal religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.    Exploring the way the different faiths answer questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, what it means to be human and the issues of right and wrong.

During their time at Wardley Primary School, it is our aim that the children have the opportunity to visit a church, a temple, a mosque and a synagogue so they understand how these buildings are used.

In a society where the impact of religion gains extensive media coverage, we acknowledge the importance that RE plays in developing respect for others, considering our responsibilities and exploring our own beliefs.


RE Policy 2020

Who decides upon the RE curriculum?

The RE syllabus is delegated by Government to every Local Authority which is given the power to write the syllabus they believe is in the best interest of the children of their community, taking into account local factors. This syllabus is then aimed at Community Maintained Schools and not faith schools (e.g. Catholic schools) which have their own curriculum.

Wardley, like all other schools in our cluster (with the exception of St. Albans), is a maintained Gateshead school. We are not a faith school and do not have any religious affiliation. As a result, we adopt Gateshead’s RE curriculum.

What is in the RE curriculum?

The Gateshead RE curriculum focuses on four main religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. There is a greater focus on Christianity because of Britain being a Christian country but the programme of study still introduces the culture and religious beliefs of the other main religions that are practised in our local, national and international community. The Gateshead Agreed Religious Syllabus can be seen below:

Gateshead Religious Education Syllabus 2018

It is our intention, and the intention of Gateshead as a Local Authority, to ensure that the children of our community are taught facts about the religions that we study. We aim that our pupils will develop an understanding of how people who come from the different religions share common principles and values whilst also explaining the meaning behind the diverse practices from these religions.