Under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988, Religious Education has to be provided as part of the basic curriculum for all registered pupils in maintained schools. The Religious Education offered in this school is in accordance with the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education.

At Hellingly Community Primary School, R.E. (Religious Education) is taught following a comprehensive scheme of work entitled Discovery RE.  This detailed scheme of work is aligned to the East Sussex Religious Education Agreed Syllabus and provides detailed medium term lesson planning from Reception to Year 6.

This scheme adopts an enquiry approach to teaching R.E. covering Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam , Judaism and Sikhism.  It supports teachings in SMSC, British Values, Anti-Radicalisation whilst promoting critical thinking skills, growth mindset and personal development.

We want our children to learn about the world religions through an enquiry based  approach. This will give them knowledge of each religion and then require them to apply this knowledge to answer key questions rather than the knowledge being an end in itself. 

Staff, pupils and visitors work together to provide an essentially Christian education, but attention and respect is also given to the views of other world religions. The School provides a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Parents should be aware of the provision in the 1944 Education Act allowing for exemption of pupils from Religious Education and daily worship upon the request of parents.