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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Religious Education


At Great Missenden Primary School, we are THEOLOGIANS! 

Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

In RE children learn about and from religions and world views in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up points of view from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Teaching therefore should equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and world views.

Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.


We have adopted the scheme of work set out in the Oxford Diocese Scheme of Work. This scheme uses units of work that build bridges between the religious content and the pupils own experiences.

In studying RE, pupils experience a variety of approaches to their learning, including:

  • Presentation by the teacher to include story telling
  • Discussion and debates
  • Individual and group investigations
  • All forms of ICT
  • Role play and simulations
  • The use of artefacts
  • Guest speakers from a range of faith communities
  • Use of a wide range of written resources
  • Visits to places of worship