Religious Education

Religious Education, whilst not part of the National Curriculum is a statutory subject. Religious Education has a crucial role to play in creating a harmonious and cohesive society in modern Britain.
Through our teaching we aim to promote

  • a deep understanding of the importance of faith and spirituality to many people
  • an awareness that some people have no faith
  • an understanding of the similarities rather than the differences between different traditions, in order to promote tolerance and acceptance within our multi faith society.

Children are taught the knowledge, skills and attitudes as outlined in the Agreed Syllabus for the London Borough of Newham. This syllabus for sets out what our school should include in their RE programme. It is agreed by a conference, which includes representatives of the various educational, religious, and political groupings found in the local authority. It provides a single point of reference encompassing statutory requirements, good practice and recommendations.

The Newham syllabus reflects the religious faiths and traditions represented in the locality. The religions taught include: Christianity; Islam; Hinduism; Sikhism; Buddhism and Judaism.

The religions most commonly represented in our school are Christianity (31%) and Islam (51%) and this generates a more detailed focus as it is within the children’s direct experience but we do ensure we cover all 6 of the major faiths throughout KS1. We also acknowledge that a significant number of our children’s families state they have no Religious beliefs (13%) and take care to respect this in our teaching.

Topics covered in Year 1 are:

How do we express meaning through cards, candles and actions?
All faiths
How do Christians celebrate Christmas? What is special about living with family & friends?
All faiths
What does it mean to belong to Christianity? What does it mean to belong to Sikhism? What does it mean to be Muslim?

 
Topics covered in Year 2 are:

Where did the world come from and how should we look after it?
All faiths
Why are different books special for different people?
All faiths
Why did Jesus tell stories?
Christianity?
How do we know Easter is coming? What special story is told?
Christianity?
Why do some people eat special food?
All faiths
What is fasting and why do people do it?
All faiths

Children undertake a daily act of Collective Worship. This is a moment of reflection, simple prayer or thought for the day in class or in Assembly. Whilst it is of a “broadly Christian character” it is always phrased to include all faiths – an no faiths. It does not promote worship in any particular way but invites children to pause and think or give thanks in a quiet moment.