Hillside Community Primary School

Together we can shine


At Hillside, we intend for learners to know more about religious and non-religious worldviews, so that our pupils can make sense of the complex world in which they live and are well prepared for life in our increasingly diverse community. We want our learners to respect religious and cultural differences and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society. Through the lens of RE education, we provide specific opportunities for learners to consider their own personal backgrounds and influences, and how these have shaped their perspectives.

Our Religious Education curriculum provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. Pupils learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.


RE News

Our Wonderful World

Year 1 have been thinking about why people of different faiths might see the world as a wonderful, special place and might want to take care of it. Inspired by the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy and to remind themselves of our wonderful world, the children then created their own beautiful artwork out of natural objects taken from our environment.

Christingle 2022

Well done to our KS2 children, who learned about the symbolism of the Christingle this morning, whilst making their own Christingle candles. And a big thank you to Rev. Jack for leading our Christingle service.

KS1 Nativity 2022

Well done to our KS1 children on a fantastic nativity performance this year. Your singing blew us all away! 

Nativity Pebble Art 2022

Our very talented Reception class have been learning all about the Nativity story, and used pebbles and other natural objects to recreate these beautiful Nativity scenes. We love their creativity!

Why is Christmas such a special time for Christians?

Our Y1 class wanted to understand why Christmas is such an important time to Christians, and what better way than to find out that to ask a Christian directly? The children were so excited to invite Rev. Jack into class, and had lots of questions ready for him. Jack explained that Christians believe that Jesus was sent to care for the whole world, and that Christmas is a special time when we remember Jesus' birth. 

Exploring Diwali 2022

Our Reception class have once again been exploring Hindu religious traditions, learning all about how Hindu families celebrate Diwali - the festival of lights. They experimented with different  media to create their own rangoli patterns and firework pictures, Well done Reception!

Harvest Assembly 2022

Well done to Year 3, who led our Harvest assembly this week. We enjoyed watching their interpretation of the story of The Little Red Hen and we all learned a valuable lesson; that if we work together and help each other, we all benefit!

Harvest Display 2022

A big thank you to our wonderful families and staff for all of the generous donations to our school Harvest Festival display this year. In school, we enjoy observing the changing of the seasons. Giving thanks for a successful harvest is not only an important part of this learning, but sharing what we have with others is a value that we are so proud to see every day in our children. We look forward to sharing the donations with the Birchwood Centre, who do such amazing work to reach out and support local families in times of need.

Visit from Rev. Jack Shepherd

In October, Y1 enjoyed a visit from Rev. Jack Shepherd as part of their Autumn Christianity unit. Jack explained why Christians often refer to God as a 'Father.'

Ways of Knowing

Our Y3 class have been exploring new 'ways of knowing' about RE, as they explored our new class sets of Discover magazine, which provide religious texts in a child-friendly format. Well done Y3!

Christingle Celebrations 2021

Harvest 2021

Diwali 2021