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A Religious Education for the Future.  Understanding religion and worldviews for a life in a changing world.

Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2019, Norfolk SACRE

At the Swallowtail Federation we ensure that all our schools have a clear Christian distinctiveness which mirror our values and ethos as well as adhering to the Church of England’s vision for education “Deeply Christian, Serving the common good”, Autumn 2016.  Our Christian beliefs are at the heart of everything we do.

The R.E curriculum follows the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus and in accordance with this the curriculum is predominantly Christian, it also incorporates the Understanding Christianity resource.  Our children are encouraged to enquire and explore their own beliefs and values as well as developing an understanding and acceptance of the beliefs of others.

We ensure that all our pupils are introduced to three disciplines: theology, philosophy and human social sciences.  These are undertaken over a 2 year rolling programme and are weighted in agreement with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus.


Understanding Christianity information 

2021 – 2022 is year A

EYFS R.E Programme:

R.E 2 Year Rolling Programmes:


Pupils learn through a range of activities and are encouraged to identify their feelings and opinions about their learning.  They are reassured that their own beliefs are respected and valued by staff and pupils alike.


Pupil voice

(When asked what prayer is)

“We close our eyes and put our hands together, we talk to God and Jesus.  We tell Him we are happy, and we say sorry and thank you.” 

YR child

(When asked who Moses was)

“He made a fresh start because all the people were mean to them.  They dipped their heads in water.  He had to climb a big mountain; lightening came down.  There were some messages, 10 rules, the laws.  Couldn’t steal, couldn’t pray to anything else but God.” 

YR child

(When asked about their most recent piece of work)

“The Christmas wreath, it has candles about Jesus.  There is love, hope, peace, joy and Jesus. 

Y1 child

“We learnt that Jesus was on a boat and people came to Him and Jesus told a story about a man.” 

Y1 child

“We all have different opinions.  It doesn’t matter (if we think differently), we listen to each other”

Y2 child

(Being shown a Bible and asked what it is)

“It is treasured, like your favourite thing.  They (Christians) read stories out of it, they learn about Jesus in the new part and God in the old.  It teaches them to believe in God and Jesus.” 

Y2 child

(When asked if they had been surprised by anything they had learnt)

“Yes.  I was surprised that God sent a flood because He is a really nice man.  Maybe it was to stop them fighting because it got too bad.” 

Y3 child

“It’s important to learn about other religions and to know that everyone can believe different things.” 

Y3 child

(When asked about the skills they are learning in R.E and if they help them to understand other people)

“Yes, because you know what traditions they have and if you go to the place they worship, you will know what they do there.” 

Y4 child

(When asked if the questions they discuss are important or interesting)

“Important and interesting because we find out what people do in different countries.  Some read right to left, we read left to right.  Like in the Torah.” 

Y4 child

(When asked what R.E is)

“Religious Education.  How you learn about all the different religions of the world.  You learn about what others believe and what they do because of their belief – Christians go to church and pray.” 

Y5 child

(When asked how well they feel they are doing in R.E)

“I’m doing quite well, I do understand what we’re talking about, but I got a bit muddled when talking about last term’s philosophy.” 

Y5 child

(When asked if there is anything that makes learning in R.E difficult)

“Sometimes the philosophical questions can be confusing, there’s so many meanings and possibilities.  We have debates.” 

Y6 child

(When asked what happens if people in the class think differently)

“We argue.  We try not to.  We try to speak to each other & understand each other’s views.” 

Y6 child