Religious Education

At Hollickwood, we believe that children must be given opportunities and experiences that celebrate their backgrounds and respect others. It is important that they learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.

At Hollickwood we adhere to the locally-agreed syllabus of the Barnet Syllabus for Religious Education and welcome opportunities to teach a broad and balanced programme that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. It has been organised using Key Questions and Religious Themes to develop children’s understanding of common human and religious experiences. Children develop the following Religious Education skills as they progress through the school:

Learning about religions through knowledge and understanding of:

  • Beliefs and teachings
  • Practices and lifestyles
  • Expression & language

Learning about religions through knowledge and understanding of:

  • Identity and experience
  • Meaning and purpose
  • Values and commitments

The study of Christianity is included at all Key Stages. In addition, the following religions have been selected for study:

  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Hinduism
  • Sikhism
  • Buddhism

Our Curriculum Intent, which takes into account the school, local, national and global needs, is embedded throughout our Religious Education curriculum:

Experiences and Opportunities

Through enriching learning opportunities, we aim to provide children with tangible, relevant and memorable experiences that support in acquiring and developing and extend knowledge and understanding of the traditions of Great Britain as well as a variety of other mainstream religions and beliefs. Through this, we aim to support children to develop a positive attitude to living in a religiously diverse society.


All pupils will have equal access to the R.E curriculum and a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of RE. Learning ability, physical ability, linguistic ability, gender, ethnicity and/or cultural circumstances will not impede pupils from accessing RE lessons.

Hollickwood is committed to teaching our children to respect, accept and celebrate the diversity and difference that exists in our society. Our ethos, culture and curriculum reflects these communities and is proactive in promoting belonging and community accountability.

Cognitive rich

Our enquiry based curriculum enables children to explore the nature of religion and fundamental questions of human experience. It provokes questions, challenges, encourages reflection and stimulates thinking skills. Such skills are vital in ensuring children are prepared for their future.

A language-rich curriculum is vital for our school if we are to open doors and bridge the gaps for our children’s futures. We, therefore, place a high focus on developing the children’s vocabulary and spoken skills using explicit teaching of Religious Education vocabulary.

There is a strong emphasis on moral teaching and values as we prepare children for adult life, employment and life-long learning and enable them to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular, those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.

Mental Health and Well-being

Hollickwood School, all children in all key stages will be taught RE as an integral part of their personal, social and emotional learning. We are committed to support wellbeing for all and encouraging children to develop their sense of identity and belonging in a multi-cultural society whilst enabling them to combat prejudice and discrimination. We aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so they can flourish individually within their own communities, and as citizens in a plural society and the global community.