Our curriculum at Broughton Primary School encompasses the aims set out below to meet the needs of our children. The Religious Education curriculum provides the vehicle to bring these aims to life:


Aims of our curriculum

  • ENGAGE Pro-actively engage children in their education and help them to be responsible for their successes and achievements both academically and socially


At Broughton Primary School, we follow the ‘Living Difference’ Syllabus. It is a prescriptive and systematic pedagogical framework. It gives a process for teaching and learning and a conceptual analysis of religious material. The children are given many opportunities throughout their schooling to delve deep into concepts from many faiths and cultures and reflect on their own lives.  We believe children should be active in their learning and we therefore ensure a range of teaching strategies to develop and embed conceptual understanding.


  • EVALUATE They will have the ability to evaluate the choices they can make and make conscious decisions based on these evaluations


Within the living difference framework, there is opportunity to ‘communicate’, in which children are invited to share their experiences in different ways. Children are encouraged to analyse and compare their own lives, traditions, routines and rituals with other religious faiths.  Through their learning, children are given the time to think, reflect, debate, and discuss their thoughts and opinions.


  • EMPOWER - The children will feel empowered and unafraid of challenge or initial failure


Children learn to have a desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a wide range of cultural topics. They will feel empowered by their knowledge of a wide variety of concepts, enabling them to define who they are and to value the differences and similarities between themselves and others.  We endeavour to provide opportunities to celebrate diversity, inclusion and equality within our school community.


  • REPONSIBLE The children will have a developed sense of shared responsibility for things outside their immediate person.


We want all our children to be able to thrive as responsible, fully equipped British citizens who understand British values. This will mature their ability to be reflective about their own and those of others.  We are a rights respecting school that promotes these values accompanied by a robust religious education will have our children ready and responsible to participate constructively in the communities where they will live as adults.


  • ENJOYMENT- The children will love/ look forward to coming to school (the majority of the time!)


Using the Living Difference syllabus, we plan an interactive and engaging series of lessons, which maximise opportunities for children to learn in real life contexts. We plan school visits that mean something to the children to provide them with experiences that enhance deeper learning. We have good connections to our local church, having whole school visits twice a year. We use interesting and relevant resources to inspire and engage children in current concepts and ask thought-provoking, open-ended questions.




Teachers plan from the Living Difference Syllabus, alongside progression of skills to ensure appropriate coverage of knowledge and skills throughout the year groups. This progressive, cyclical learning approach deepens the children’s understanding each time. It also ensures good coverage of the many concepts covered throughout their time at Broughton.


We have completed an audit of our Religious Education curriculum and mapped out the progression through each class to ensure children revisit and build on prior learning throughout their time at Broughton. Within RE, there are many cross-curricular links such as to Rights Respecting Education, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Culture development (SMSC), and Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE).




By the time children leave Broughton Primary School at the end of Year 6, they are equipped with:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of a variety of religions and cultures.  
  • An understanding of British Values and the society we live in.
  • The ability to think broadly about religion and communicate ideas and talk confidently about their own life and the way they live.
  • A developing sense of curiosity and feeling inquisitive about the world around them with an understanding that how people live can be both similar and different at the same time.
  • Knowing who they are and holding good morals for life.