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At Hazelwood, we believe Religious Education (RE) forms the foundation for children to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.

RE plays a significant role in the development of children’s personal, moral, social and cultural understanding. The curriculum is designed to enable our children to become resilient, accepting and mindful learners. We believe that RE should promote social awareness and develop children’s awe and wonder of the world.

Children will develop respect and appreciation of others’ beliefs, cultural practices and the influence of principal religions and worldviews in our diverse school community. The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills they need to appreciate varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

The aims of our RE curriculum are:

  • To provide opportunities for children to know about and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews.
  • To explore big questions about life to encourage children to deepen their understanding and facilitate opportunities for talk. 
  • To enable children to express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religious and non-religious worldviews as well as appreciate others ideas and views. 
  • To promote children’s personal, moral, social and cultural development.
  • To develop children’s understanding of ways in which beliefs influence the behaviour and practices of others.
  • To provide real, relevant, immersive and purposeful opportunities for children to develop a secure understanding of the world around them.
  • To encourage learners to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.
  • To inspire and engage children through enriching opportunities, projects, themed days and external visits.


Year 1 learning about how the mezuzah reminds Jews of God. They created their own match box mezuzah.


At Hazelwood, we aim to ensure that RE is Real, Relevant, Immersive and Purposeful by inviting visitors from different faiths and visiting different places of worship.

Our current cycle of visits is as follows:

Year Group  Place of Worship Religion 
1 Church  Christianity 
2 Mosque Islam
3 Mandir  Hinduism
4 Synagogue  Judaism 
5 Gurdwara Sikhism

Click on the video below to see a Year 1 interpretation of the Exodus from Egypt.

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