RE is a vital part of the Holywell Middle school curriculum with cross-curricular links to not only the other Humanities subjects but also to English, Art, Music and Drama.  As a values school, we place great emphasis on the development of mutual respect and have created a school that is both welcoming and caring towards everyone who joins us. These values are embodied within the RE curriculum as we seek to explore further pupils’ understanding of and respect for other cultures and religions, while still retaining Christianity as the underlying belief system of the school community. Pupils are encouraged not only to learn about aspects of religion, belief and worship, but also to identify, cross-examine and refine their own beliefs in the light of their learning. All this takes place within a safe and caring environment in which pupils can explore their thoughts and feelings with growing confidence, encouraged by both their peers and teachers.

Approach / Philosophy:

RE is taught for one hour a week. A variety of teaching methods are used that are tailored to different learning styles. These include comprehension, roleplay, hotseating, sorting activities, metacognition and experiential learning. The aim is to spend at least one active lesson where students take ownership of their learning using some of the techniques outlined above. The following lesson will often involve a written task that assesses this learning. The combination of active learning and extended writing is proving to be very effective. Pupils engage well with lessons and are keen to show off their learning and, as a result, good progress is being made.

Department Members:

Subject Leader: Mrs J French
Teaching Staff: Mrs Shirvington, Mr Matthews, Ms Sheppard, Mr Jones, Mr Simpson, Miss King, Miss Fossey

Topic Overview 2018-19:

Year Group

Christianity In Depth

World Religion

Panoramic Unit



The Life of Jesus



Jesus’ Teachings and their Influence Today


Sacraments/Rites of Passage




Love versus Prejudice and Discrimination


The Nature of God


Poverty and Injustice

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