Religious Education (RE)

At Ormiston South Parade Academy we believe RE is an important subject as it helps children to develop knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs that form part of our society. We follow the 2016 East Riding Agreed RE Syllabus and, throughout their time at OSPA, children will explore Christianity and other principal religions such as Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. OSPA is a rights respecting school and this underpins all the work that is taught in RE.

The East Riding RE syllabus has three statutory areas of understanding which are the same for each key stage:

  • Beliefs and Practices
  • Identity and Values
  • Meaning and Purpose

All content in the areas of understanding is statutory and therefore must be taught. The syllabus has been designed to build upon each key stage so that children have the opportunity to receive a broad, inclusive religious education.

Below is a brief summary of the RE curriculum that run throughout OSPA.



In Foundation Stage 1 and 2, the theme is around people and communities. Through the year, the children learn that everybody is different and explore what life is like for different children.



Alongside Christianity, the children in Years 1 and 2 will learn about Judaism in detail. They will also look at celebrations and festivals in other religions e.g. why and how Diwali is celebrated by the Hindus.


In KS2 the children build upon what they have already learnt about Christianity and Judaism. In addition they look at 2 more religions in detail- Hinduism and Islam, with the opportunity to explore aspects of Sikhism and Buddhism.

RE topics are taught in a variety of ways and, although it is taught as a discreet subject, we do try to link it where possible to other areas of the curriculum e.g. KS1 have explored how Diwali is celebrated by producing rangoli patterns and mehndi patterns in art.


We live in a multi-cultural, multi-racial society and encourage the respect and understanding of other religions and cultures within the community in which we live. We believe that all children irrespective of race, ability and gender should have equal access to the RE curriculum. Children with special educational needs will work on the same content but there will be appropriate differentiation where required.

Right to withdrawal

The recent Education Acts established the parent’s right to withdraw their children from Religious Education if they wish. Please speak to Miss Robinson if this is something you wish to discuss.

Celebrating Harvest at OSPA


Celebrating Advent at OSPA


Work to celebrate Diwali