Sugar Hill Primary School

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Sheraton Road, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 5NU


Sugar Hill Primary School

'Learning and Growing Together'

at Sugar Hill Primary School

 “Like the bee gathering honey from different flowers, the wise person accepts the essence of the different scriptures, and sees only the good in all religions.”


Our Intent: 


The intention of Religious Education at Sugar Hill Primary School is to inspire our children to develop a deepening knowledge and understanding about a range of religious and non-religious world views.


The children will:


  • Describe and explain religious beliefs and the ways different beliefs are expressed.
  • Know and understand how these beliefs impact individuals, communities and societies.
  • Describe and explain some sources of authority and teachings by studying different religions and world views.
  • Gain skills that enable them to question their learning and think critically about the material they are studying.
  • Have opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • Study religious diversity within Newton Aycliffe, County Durham and their wider area.
  • They will understand not everyone has the same beliefs or views and so be respectful of others.
  • Through RE they will be able to challenge prejudice discrimination and racism.


The knowledge and skills required to excel in this subject are set out in the progression documents below.



Our RE Subject Champions

Jacob – 'I like RE because we learn about Jesus and other religions around the world. We also get to look at real artefacts like the Torah.' 

Harley – 'My favourite part of RE is to learn about different views and religions.'

Millie – 'I like RE because I like learning about religions in different countries, learning about different people and hearing stories about Moses.'

Eva – 'My favourite thing about RE is all the incredible stories about the lives of different people life the Jews and the Egyptians.'


We use the Durham Agreed Syllabus which was revised in 2020 for the basis of our Curriculum. The syllabus encourages enquiry-based learning and provides a developmental approach to RE which is coherent and systematic. Continuity and progression is achieved by building on the knowledge, understanding and skills that pupils gain across and between key stages. The Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter are covered by a whole school approach where children share findings in assembly time. Teachers have some flexibility to move questions that fit in with other areas of the curriculum providing the sequential progression is not affected.

The curriculum covers the RE Concepts of Belief, Authority, Expressions of Belief and Impact of Belief. Each element is driven by a key question which is a basis for enquiry-based learning where children are provided opportunities to engage explore and evaluate their learning.

Buddhism in KS1

The Easter Story in KS2

Our Long Term Plan

We strive to make Religious Education exciting and memorable by taking a hands on approach using artefacts, drama, role-play art ICT and other practical activities. To widen their knowledge and experiences children will visit different places of Worship and visitors from different faith communities will be invited into school.

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Children at our school have a wide knowledge and understanding of different religions and cultures. They can ask and answer challenging questions and know that not all questions will have answers. Our children are respectful of all faiths and beliefs and can reflect upon their own beliefs. Religious Education contributes to our children becoming culturally aware of theirs and others cultural heritage. Through studying religious identity and belonging they are keen to make a positive and helpful contribution to their own community.