RE, Philosophy & Ethics

Our Intent

At Wickersley Partnership Trust (primary) we aim to ensure our Religion, Philosophy & Ethics curriculum is designed to sequence learning and embed the key skills that are required to develop curious students. There will be clear learning outcomes for all units of work, based on the appropriate expectations/levels as set out in the Sheffield syllabus.

This document provides a framework, which will maximise the strengths of individual teachers and ensure that pupil’s receive a high level education in ‘Religion, Ethics and Philosophy’. It reflects the needs of pupils in our Trust and also the statutory orders stated in the National Curriculum. Adhering to this, we have selected the Sheffield syllabus for RE, and all our teaching and learning will be focused on this document.

In line with The National Curriculum, our school ‘Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.’

How we intend to remove barriers

barriersWe believe that Religion, Philosophy & Ethics helps to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it including their locality. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people and resources.

In RE we remove barriers to learning and support students’ ability to access the curriculum through the development of literacy, numeracy, oracy skills and vocabulary acquisition. 

Misconceptions do not go unchallenged and the supportive environment within each and every lesson ensures that students develop their own literacy and vocabulary.


Students are given many opportunities to read widely and often with students directed to Religion, Philosophy & Ethics studies as well as researching independently. Pupils take part in learning opportunities with a range of texts showing the diversity of culture, faith and race for reading and writing. These will develop from being supported to independent. 


Throughout each year of the curriculum students work chronologically to create timelines and order events. Where appropriate religious festivals and events will be recognised and celebrated throughout the year.


In order to develop their oracy within a subject specific context pupils are given opportunities to talk about their learning. Students discuss and embrace Religion, Philosophy & Ethics related language and staff will direct students towards the correct terminology when appropriate.


Students are introduced to key subject specific vocabulary and have regular opportunities to reinforce their understanding. Key religious vocabulary is highlighted to the pupils and pupils are guided to use this in their work.

How we develop skills for learning

Students are given opportunities to develop their skills for learning in each and every lesson. Engaging starter activities help students to recall the key concepts of prior learning. Our aspiring pupils are presented with a variety of experiences and learning opportunities in order to be able to respect and appreciate a range of faiths and non- faiths. They are encouraged to think critically and form tolerant opinions.

The skills for learning process within the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics curriculum both reinforces the key skills and helps our students to know, remember and be able to do more at each stage of the curriculum. Therefore becoming more positive and developing a rounded world view.

Teacher assessment informs planning and progression within the curriculum.

How we foster personal attributes

In Religion, Philosophy & Ethics our curriculum intent embodies that of the school. We are committed to ensuring students are exposed to the wider world context in order to develop them as well rounded individuals. Our curriculum demands independence, resilience and responsibility in line with SCHOOL Way.

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics exposes students to different cultures, languages and experiences that broaden their horizons and demand they think of themselves as members of a local, national and global society. We aspire for all our students to demonstrate empathy, tolerance, understanding, aspiration and respect so they are encouraged to be active citizens in the local community and beyond.

How we intend to enrich student experiences and broaden the horizons of students

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics is a curriculum that must go beyond the classroom. To this end we broaden the horizons of all our students and enrich their learning through a range of first hand experiences. All our students have exposure to learning beyond the traditional mainstream lesson and have opportunities to enrich their experiences. Where possible Religion, Philosophy & Ethics is planned as part of cross curricular topics to support links in learning.

KS4 and KS5 information to follow