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Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact for Religious Education

‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10)


At Chalfont St Peter Church of England Academy our values, both learning values and Christian values, are woven throughout our Religious Education curriculum. We aim to develop children’s abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief of themselves, the world and human experience. We begin this exploration from the familiar and local and build on this to introduce increasingly less familiar and more distant ideas, concepts and places. 



  • About matters of central importance to the views of the religions studied, how these can be interpreted in different times, cultures and places.
  • About key concepts including ‘religion’, ‘secularity’, ‘spirituality’ and ‘worldview’, and that worldviews are complex and diverse.
  • The ways in which patterns of belief, expression and belonging may change across and within religions, locally, nationally and globally, both historically and in contemporary times.  
  • The ways in which religions develop in interaction with each other, have some shared beliefs and practices as well as differences, and that people may draw upon more than one tradition. 
  • The role of religious and non-religious ritual and practices, foundational texts, and of the arts, in both the formation and communication of experience, beliefs, values, identities and commitments. 
  • How religions and their teachings may offer responses to fundamental questions of meaning and purpose raised by human experience, and the different roles that religions play in providing people with ways of making sense of their lives.
  • The different roles played by religions in the lives of individuals, including their influence on moral behaviour and society. 
  • How religions have power and influence in societies and cultures, appealing to various sources of authority, including foundational texts. 


Impact - What knowledge, skills and understanding do we want children to have on leaving Chalfont St Peter Academy?

  • A secure understanding and knowledge of the religions studied.
  • An ability to readily engage with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
  • The ability to ask significant and reflective questions about religion and demonstrate a good understanding of issues relating to the nature, truth and value of religion.
  • A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion link together.
  • The ability to link the study of religion and beliefs to their own personal reflections.
  • The ability to exemplify the School’s Christian values with reference to Biblical stories.