Here at St Richard’s Religious Education is an integral part of our curriculum. RE lessons provide an opportunity for our children to learn about Christianity, the church and other world religions as well as exploring moral issues. Through RE we hope the children will feel confident to ask big questions and think deeply, not only about what they have learnt but also about their own opinions and beliefs.
We adhere to the Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement to ensure our children receive high quality lessons delivered in an atmosphere of respect where every child’s opinion is valued. We want the children to build their knowledge and beliefs and become ‘courageous advocates’ pioneering change for good, not only in the school but also in the local community.
As a Church of England school we follow the RE curriculum of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE). Over the course of each academic year two thirds of the curriculum will focus on topics related to Christianity and the Church. We are keen to present Christianity as a living and diverse faith, we are supported by local churches who actively contribute to RE lessons and help bring topics to life. The other third of the curriculum time in RE is spent studying the other 5 main world religions (Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism.) Please see below for an overview of how we teach RE.
In the Early Years the children are encouraged to respond to Bible stories and festivals through creative work and reflective play. We introduce key concepts from Christianity and share celebrations from faiths represented in the class.