RE Curriculum


“Before becoming a Muslim, a Sikh, a Hindu or a Christian lets become a human first.” Guru Nanak Dev JI


Holden Clough is proud to a multi-faith school where we respect and celebrate children’s beliefs and experiences from a wide range of religious and non-religious backgrounds. The principles of our Religious Education (RE) teaching is carried throughout the entire curriculum and forms the basis of our school’s ethos. This is underpinned by our Golden rule:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”



We believe Religious Education contributes to pupils’ readiness to participate in life in modern, diverse Britain and in a plural world.

Religious Education at Holden Clough poses challenging questions about meanings, beliefs, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE, children learn about and from religions in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. 

We believe RE gives children the chance for reflection and wider vision. RE at Holden Clough teaches children to articulate their personal beliefs and values while respecting the right of others to differ. The principles of our RE teaching is carried throughout the entire curriculum and form the basis of our ethos.

The aims of our RE curriculum are to:

  1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews
  2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
  3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.



Holden Clough follows the Manchester Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016-2021.    In doing so, we ensure that pupils are equipped with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.    The syllabus is taught through three strands:

- Believing (religious beliefs, teachings, sources; questions of meaning purpose and truth)

- Expressing (religious forms of expression; questions of identity, diversity and belonging)

- Living (practices and ways of living; questions of values and commitments)

The aims and learning outcomes support the delivery of high-quality RE that enables coherence and progression across the school.  Key concepts are revisited within and across year groups and on a cross-curricular basis, so that children become confident in applying them and deepening their understanding.

RE is timetabled so that pupils are provided with 36 hours of RE each year in EYFS and Key stage one and 45 hours each year in Key Stage 2. This is delivered through a combination of timetabled lessons, drop-down days and cross curricular activities. 

RE also makes important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education; citizenship; personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.  Alongside making a key educational contribution to the promotion of fundamental British values.  



At Holden Clough the delivery of our R.E. curriculum will promote critical thinking, creativity and confidence.  We firmly believe that our RE curriculum is the key to children becoming tolerant and well-rounded members of society with an understanding of respect and social responsibility. 


  • Children to have successfully worked through the scheme of learning.
  • The majority of children will achieve the end of key stage outcomes as detailed in the Agreed Syllabus.

Pupil voice:

  • When discussing RE with children, they will talk enthusiastically about their RE learning and demonstrate their understanding through the use of age appropriate subject specific vocabulary.
  • They will be able to apply their religious learning to their own lives and make links between the two.

To find out more about the curriculum your school is following please contact the school office mail@holdenclough.tameside.sch.uk


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