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St Swithun's Church of England Primary Academy

Valuing individuals, aspiring and achieving together in faith


Our RE Subject leader is Mrs Oxborough

At St Swithun's we believe that Religious Education encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning and belonging. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
We aim to ensure that the Religious Education that we provide contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in our diverse society. It also encourages them to develop their sense of identity and belonging.

To guide our RE teaching, we follow The Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Relligious Education along with 'Understanding Christianity'. 

Please click on the image on the left to find out more about the curriculum resource.

Through our units of work taken from the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus the children will learn about other faiths and traditions  including: Hinduism, Judaism, Islam as well as learning about non-faith viewpoints.

We use a range of strategies to capture children's reflections, responses to big questions and their knowledge and understanding.

Collective Worship themes complement our RE . This is a time when the whole school comes together to celebrate our spirituality. 

We develop the children's understanding of spirituality by encouraging them to reflect on and identify the wow, ow and now moments within their lives.

RE Day 2024

On January 5th we held RE day throughout school and this year our focus was on festivals and celebrations within world religions. 


In foundation we learned about Epiphany which is celebrated within Christianity. Epiphany marks the day when the three kings followed the star to visit baby Jesus. In foundation we had a visit from Reverend Philip who told us the story of the three kings visiting Jesus and we made crowns.


In Clumber class the children continued their learning about Judaism and learned about the festival of Shevat which marks the beginning of a new year for trees. The children painted their own tree pictures, created a tree dance and investigated pomegranates to see what is hidden inside them



Rufford explored the festival of Ramadan celebrated in Islam faith. We learnt all about the use of Henna in this celebration and how it is used to symbolise joy.


Newstead Class explored the Hindu festival Holi. The children had a visit from a Hindu visitor, Dr Rathod, who taught them about Hindu gods and worship and that Holi is the festival of colour and represents new beginnings.