School Logo

Welcome to

Bolton by Bowland

C.E. Primary School

Belong Believe Blossom

Contact Us

Contact Details

Religious Education

Religious Education

As Bolton-by-Bowland is a Voluntary Aided school, we follow the Blackburn Syllabus which was launched in September 2022. This is 'Questful RE' and is enquiry based. This provides a curriculum that is rich and varied, enabling learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and other World faiths.  Our aim is to provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths studied.  We aim to foster an understanding and respect of all faiths.

Links with the Christian values of the school and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are intrinsic to the RE curriculum and should have a significant impact on learners.  Lessons include many aspects of the Christian faith including increasing the knowledge of the Bible; relating religious teaching to current society and understanding the significance of main events in the church’s calendar. Some topics are revisited each year so that children may build on their knowledge and understanding in line with their increasing maturity.


We plan enrichment activities throughout the year which enhance the pupils' understanding of major world faiths. We aim to include visitors representing world faiths and, where possible, visits to places of worship.


As not all of our children are Christians, parents do have the right to withdraw children from worship but not Religious Education lessons. Although all parents, including those of other faiths, choose for their children to take part in our worship and curriculum arrangements, our school will always uphold and fully respect parents’ wishes.


The Role of other Faiths and Cultures


Our school promotes the fundamental British value of respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


As part of our aim to help children fully embrace society and the wider world community, other faiths are valued and treated with respect. Our RE syllabus, created by Blackburn Diocese, incorporates the teaching of two other main world religions. As such, whilst the majority of the curriculum is centred around Christianity, some lessons will be spent on Judaism and Islam.


Blackburn Diocesan board of education website:


All children at Bolton-by-Bowland are encouraged to embrace the diversity of life. We work towards this goal through education against ignorance and we actively promote an understanding of equity, diversity and justice through Collective Worship and through the curriculum. Wherever possible, we look to visitors to help support our aim so that learning is accurate, meaningful and enjoyable.