Religious Education


At Ascot Road,  our primary goal is to provide an enriching program that fosters the spiritual, moral, and cultural development of our pupils. 

Our intent is to offer a broad and balanced RE curriculum that encompasses a wide range of religious traditions, beliefs, and worldviews. We aim to promote understanding, tolerance, and respect for diverse faiths and cultures, helping pupils appreciate the richness of human spirituality.

 We are dedicated to nurturing the spiritual and moral development of our pupils. Our RE curriculum will encourage them to explore questions about the meaning of life, ethics, and the values that underpin different belief systems. Through reflective activities and discussions, we strive to help children develop a strong moral compass.

Inclusivity is at the heart of our RE program. We are committed to recognising and celebrating the cultural and religious diversity within our school community. Our curriculum will reflect this diversity and allow pupils to engage with and appreciate a wide array of beliefs and practices.



At Ascot Road,  we are committed to providing a holistic education that nurtures the spiritual, moral, and cultural development of our students

As part of our curriculum framework, we integrate RE into our teaching and learning practices using Cornerstones.

Key Stage 1 

In Key Stage 1, pupils  learn about significant religious festivals and celebrations such as Christmas, Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, and Naan Karam. They explore the customs, rituals, and meanings behind these events. Pupils engage in activities promoting empathy and tolerance towards individuals from diverse backgrounds. There are  opportunities for children to reflect on their own beliefs, values, and experiences, as well as to express their thoughts and feelings about spirituality and morality.

Lower Key Stage 2

Building on their understanding from Key Stage 1,  pupils delve deeper into the beliefs, practices, and histories of major world religions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. They explore more complex concepts and engage with primary religious texts. Pupils study the lives and teachings of figures such as Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Moses, Buddha, and others.

Upper Key Stage 2

In Upper Key Stage 2, pupils further explore the beliefs, practices, and histories of the major world religions. They examine theological concepts, religious texts, and philosophical perspectives within these traditions. Pupils deepen their understanding of religious rituals, ceremonies, and devotional practices within different religious traditions. There are opportunities for pupils to engage in personal reflection and spiritual exploration, considering their own beliefs, values, and experiences in light of the diverse religious perspectives studied across their time at Ascot Road.

How do we record and assess Religious Education?

At Ascot Road we use ‘floorbooks’ as a method of recording children’s work. This inclusive and multidisciplinary approach ensures all children regardless of academic ability can reflect on their learning in a way that suits them. Examples of work include art, DT, Music, Drama, reflective writing and debate. Assessment is completed through an end of unit double page spread in which the teacher writes a question related to the topic and the children respond in various ways. Their class teacher can help them decide which way they can record their understanding. We are looking to implement a whole school quiz template for the beginning of the Summer term. 



At Ascot Road Primary School, , the implementation of Cornerstones has had a profound impact on our RE provision, fostering a rich and meaningful learning experience for our students. Here are some key areas where we have observed the impact:


1. Promotion of Respect and Tolerance:

The RE curriculum has played a vital role in promoting respect, empathy, and tolerance among our pupils. They have learned to recognise and value the beliefs and traditions of others, fostering a culture of inclusivity and mutual understanding.

Through discussions, group activities, and collaborative projects, pupils have developed the skills to engage in respectful dialogue about religious differences and similarities, promoting social cohesion and harmony within our school community.

  2. Integration of School Values and Ethics:

Cornerstones has facilitated the integration of moral and ethical values into our RE curriculum, encouraging students to reflect on their own beliefs and values while considering the perspectives of others. Our own school values of respect, honesty, kindness, responsibility and fairness are lived and celebrated in our RE curriculum. 


3. Spiritual Development

Cornerstones has provided opportunities for spiritual development and personal growth among our students, nurturing their inner lives and sense of purpose.

Pupils  have engaged in spiritual practices such as meditation, mindfulness, and reflection, cultivating a deeper connection with themselves and the world around them. They have explored questions of meaning, purpose, and identity, fostering a sense of spiritual awareness and resilience.

What does RE look like in Reception?

In Reception, RE  is integrated within the broader framework of "Understanding the World." This encompasses a holistic approach to exploring and understanding the world around us, including people, communities, and cultures, as well as the natural environment.

The RE provision within "Understanding the World" focuses on fostering children's curiosity, empathy, and respect for diverse beliefs and cultures. Here's how RE looks like in an EYFS setting:

  •  Children are encouraged to explore different religious beliefs and practices through a variety of hands-on experiences, stories, and activities. They may learn about festivals, celebrations, and customs from different cultures and religions, gaining an appreciation for the diversity of beliefs and traditions.

  •  EYFS practitioners create a welcoming and inclusive environment where children feel valued and respected regardless of their cultural or religious background. Opportunities are provided for children to share their own experiences and traditions, fostering a sense of belonging and mutual respect among peers.

  • Children have the opportunity to interact with religious artefacts, symbols, and objects in a respectful and age-appropriate manner. These hands-on experiences help children develop an understanding of the significance and meaning behind religious symbols and practices.

  • Through storytelling and group discussions, children explore sacred texts and stories from different religious traditions. 

  • Children are encouraged to ask questions, express curiosity, and engage in open-minded inquiry about religious beliefs and practices. Reception teachers support children in exploring their own questions and seeking answers through age-appropriate discussions and investigations.

How are SEND children support in RE?

Our RE curriculum is designed with adaptation in mind. Teachers adapt their teaching approaches, materials, and resources to meet the diverse needs of SEND students. This may include providing visual aids, simplified language, or hands-on activities to support understanding and engagement.

We recognise that every student has unique strengths, challenges, and learning styles. SEND students receive personalised support and accommodations to help them access and participate in RE lessons effectively. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are developed in collaboration with parents, teachers, and support staff to outline specific strategies and goals for each pupil.

 Our classrooms are inclusive and welcoming spaces where all pupils feel valued and supported. Teachers promote an ethos of respect, empathy, and understanding, fostering a sense of belonging for SEND students. Peer support and collaboration are encouraged, allowing SEND students to learn alongside their peers and benefit from positive social interactions.