Religious Education

The RE Curriculum at Fairstead Primary                                                                   Subject Lead: Jenny King      

At Fairstead our vision is to develop children who are religiously literate. Through asking questions and exploring beliefs, we aim to enable children to be mutually respectful and tolerant in a world with many different world views and beliefs. We want children to grow into adults who have the knowledge and confidence to make their own informed decisions. 

RE at Fairstead should engage all learners and foster a lifelong love of learning and discovery. RE plays a key role in developing an understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped our own heritage and that of others. 


Exploring different religions, world views and beliefs will allow our children to become religiously literate. 

Using the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2019, we aim for our children: 

  • To know about and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews by learning to see these through theological, philosophical and human/social science lenses.   
  • To express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religious and non-religious worldviews through a multidisciplinary approach.   
  • To gain and deploy skills rooted in theology, philosophy and the human/social sciences engaging critically with religious and non-religious worldviews. 


In EYFS, our curriculum is based on the EYFS Development Matters document for children from birth to age 5.  It is for all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This curriculum is followed throughout Nursery and Reception.

Our teaching is based on the Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

Understanding the World –People and Communities. The World. Technology.

In EYFS, the children will learn that some places are special to members of their community, that people have different beliefs and that they celebrate special times in different ways. This can be through adult-led activities or self-select activities during ‘child initiated play’, where they choose whether to play indoors or outside. During this time they have access to the wide range of activities and have time to enjoy sustained play and develop deeper thinking.

In KS1 and 2, Fairstead School follows the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2019 and lessons will focus on a series of core questions embedded in the core knowledge for children to investigate throughout the year. We will teach through the strands of theology, philosophy and human/ social sciences, as stated in the syllabus. RE is taught weekly




Pupils’ progress is assessed in relation to the purpose and aims of the subject. Therefore, this primarily concerns how well pupils are able to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and worldviews. In other words, are pupils becoming more religiously literate? 

Pupils will be assessed using the non-statutory age related expectations, in line with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2019. In addition to this, on-going assessment will take place during lessons to ensure understanding, children will be moved on/ given additional support as needed. The school will use the age related expectations provided by the Dioceses of Norwich, in line with the Norfolk Syllabus and use this to inform planning and assessment.  Floor books are used to collect examples of work, photographs and children’s verbal contributions.

Further Information

This can be found by following the links below;

RE Curriculum Map 2023-24

RE Milestone 1 Learning Journey

RE Milestone 2 Learning Journey

RE Milestone 3 Learning Journey

Teaching progression Year One

Teaching progression Year Two

Teaching progression Year Three

Teaching progression Year Four

Teaching progression Year Five

Teaching progression Year Six

Contact Us

Headteacher: Daniel Farthing
Address: William Booth Road
Kings Lynn
PE30 4RR

Tel: 01553 774666


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