Religious Education

Religious Education


 At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School we teach RE so children learn to:-

  • appreciate the distinctive nature of religion and the contribution of religious and spiritual insights and values to the individual’s search for meaning in life
  • to appreciate that our values of community, love and perseverance are woven throughout RE and are reflected in the whole school curriculum.
  • learn about Christianity, God, Jesus Christ, the Trinity, the Church, the Bible and Christian ways of life
  • learn about Judaism and Islam and aspects of other faiths represented in the classroom and show respect for all.
  • develop interest in and enthusiasm for RE to enhance their understanding of themselves, others and the natural world and to help form their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and personal values and beliefs
  • develop the ability to make reasoned, reflective, informed and creative responses to religious and moral issues
  • recognise religions’ influence on their culture and community life
  • to reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are mainly Christian, but to take account of other religions represented and to celebrate diversity.
  • to start laying sound foundations for future development of religious understanding, spiritual insight and moral conviction and to appreciate that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour.


At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School RE is taught accordance with the Surrey Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022 to all pupils, recognising the school’s special character as a Church of England (Controlled) School.  It is taught alongside the school’s aims and ethos, developing the strong links between Religious Education, Personal and Social Education and Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Education, in ways which are appropriate for pupils aged 4 – 7. To help pupils to develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own.  We hope children are curious about different faiths.  Our children are taught RE in units of work, in whole Pause and Values Days, through collective worship and regularly during other curriculum areas.  They are encouraged to be a creative thinker and make links and comparisons between religion and their own life.


Our children will enjoy learning about religions and why people choose or not choose to follow a religion.  Through our curriculum the children will develop the skills to consider the information they are starting to learn about and reflect on how they wish to live their life.   Their knowledge of our three different religions will help them live happily in the world they are growing up in.  We hope our moral guidance will help them develop the skills and empathy to work alongside all people.  We know we have achieved this when children enjoy RE, want to know more and are looking forward to new RE lessons in the Junior School.


Year One

Autumn Who is Jesus? Harvest Festival and Pause Day What Why did Jesus tell parables? Why is Christmas important to Christians
Spring What do Christians believe God is like? What are symbols and why do people use them?   What do eggs have to do with Easter?
Summer What is the Torah and why is it important to Jews Why do Jewish families celebrate Shabbat? Why should we look after our world?

Year Two 

Autumn Why is Harvest a world-wide celebration? Why is the Bible an important book to Christians? What does the Christmas story tell Christians about Jesus?
Spring Why is church important to Christians? Why do Christians call Jesus ‘Saviour’? Why is Easter important to Christians?
Summer Who is Allah, and how do Muslims worship Him? What is important to Muslim families? Is prayer important to everyone?