At Hempland, we aim for children to have the opportunity to explore a variety of important questions and issues whilst considering their own thoughts and ideas about the world.  Our children are tuaght to understand a range of religious and non-religious world views.

How RE links with our school values

Children learn that not everyone has the same religious or spiritual beliefs. Learning about what different people believe helps our children to understand and respect all cultures and religions.
Children have the opportunity to meet people from different religions. They explore religious artefacts and learn about religious and non-religious world views in a variety of ways. For example, through art, music and drama as well as through discussion.
Our teaching of RE helps build young people’s understanding and appreciation of different beliefs, practices and religions and how these relate to the modern world. It promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and enables our children to flourish as citizens in a pluralistic and global community.
Children are given the opportunity to ask questions, enquire and reflect on religious and non-religious world views. They learn that people have different cultures, beliefs and opinions and that this is respected and accepted by everyone within our school.


  • At Hempland, we follow the City of York agreed syllabus.
  • A carefully planned whole school RE curriculum promotes progression of key knowledge and skills.
  • Key questions form the basis of the unit plans in every year group.
  • Every year group has a visit or visitor linked to a place of worship or specific religion.
  • Yo Yo (York Schools and Youth Trust) visit school and deliver assemblies and workshops to all year groups throughout the year.
  • R.E. lessons are enhanced with artefacts and hands on resources.


  • Children will be able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and the wider world.
  • Children will enjoy learning about different religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion.
  • Children will have respect and understanding of other people’s views, cultures and values.