Religious Education

At Short Heath Junior School, we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class and Pupil Leadership, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in community activities. Our pupils are given opportunities in RE and PSHE lessons as well as assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.

We teach RE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through lessons, via assemblies and through other subjects such as PSHE, History, Geography, English, Mathematics and Science, as well as through outdoor educational visits, community work and activities.

Please use your child's year group page to find out what they are learning about each term.


SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. At Short Heath, the teaching of SMSC is part of our school ethos, 'Everyday, In every way, Everyone matters' and is taught across the curriculum and throughout the school day.
Spiritual development: children explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy developing their understanding of themselves, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral development: children learn to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social development: children investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British Values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Cultural development: children learn to appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.