Merrow C of E Infant School

Religious Education

Merrow is Voluntary Controlled school that follows the Surrey Agreed Syllabus

RE is considered a core subject at Merrow.

The syllabus is an enquiry-based approach that begins in EYFS with a thematic approach – topics are hung onto key questions and are based upon children’s own lives and experiences, and introduce pupils to Christianity, and other religions and beliefs represented within their own class and/or school.

The six questions are:

  • Who am I and where do I belong?
  • Why do we have celebrations?
  • What makes a place special?
  • What makes something special?
  • What can we learn from stories?
  • What makes our world wonderful?

In KS1 units of work are covered that explore Christianity, aspects of Judaism and Islam and incorporating, where appropriate, consideration of non-religious worldviews.

The Surrey Agreed Syllabus for RE follows the structure of the DfE’s National Curriculum Review. RE is described in terms of purpose, expectations and programmes of study for each age group. Within the Surrey Agreed Syllabus, learning in RE is divided into two distinct but complementary areas: knowledge and understanding and expressing ideas, beliefs and insights. 

Pupils should know about and understand religion (and, where appropriate, non-religious worldviews), so that they can begin to:

  • describe, explain and analyse beliefs, teachings and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between religious and non-religious communities and amongst individuals
  • identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews (including the key texts, the teachings of key leaders, and key thinkers from different traditions and communities)
  • appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning 

Pupils should express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religion and beliefs, so that they begin to:

  • explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
  • express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
  • appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or belief

At each key stage, teachers may draw from other religions and viewpoints, as appropriate, to recognise and celebrate the diversity of the school community, especially those views represented in their own classes. Whilst RE encourages the understanding of difference and diversity within and across religions it is important that mainstream views and practices predominate through the units studied.

Our feeder school Bushy Hill also follows the Agreed Syllabus and we have planned the curriculum to ensure good coverage and progression. Please note that the Surrey Agreed Syllabus will be revised and updated at the end of Summer 2022.