Religious Education

Gislingham Church of England Primary had a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools ) Inspection in March 2015 and was rated 'outstanding' in all areas.

In our school, religious education is taught in accordance with the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus. To deliver this syllabus we use the Emmanuel Project across the school.

How does the EYFS scheme connect to the syllabus?

The scheme of work meets the requirements of the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus p.20-21 i.e.

  • to introduce Christianity as the ‘heritage religion’ of the country and the one that most influences school and community life
  • to build on religions represented among the pupils e.g. different Christian denominations or the major world religions, so the experiences and interests of children can be used as starting points for learning and teaching
  • to sample from major world religions, outside the children’s experience, in order to extend their knowledge and understanding


How does the KS1 scheme connect to the syllabus? (Suffolk Agreed Syllabus p. 26-27)

The programme of study meets the exact requirements of the syllabus i.e.

  • 7 Learning Themes for Christianity (approx. 6-8 hours / half-term) e.g. Prayer and Worship
  • 4 specified learning themes for Judaism
  • an encounter with examples from other religions as appropriate


How does the KS2 scheme connect to the syllabus? (Suffolk Agreed Syllabus p. 28-30)

The programme of study meets the exact requirements of the syllabus i.e.

  • 7 Learning Themes for Christianity (approx. 6-8 hours / half-term) e.g. Inspirational People
  • 4 specified learning themes for Islam and Hinduism
  • any 2 learning themes for Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism · an encounter with Humanism or other non-religious world-view


We further enrich the Emmanuel project by visits to places of worship and by inviting visitors into school. We have strong links with our local church members regularly contribute to our Collective Worship in school.


Parents may, if they so wish, withdraw their child/ren from religious education, but are encouraged to speak to the Headteacher about their concerns.