Religious Education

Developing children's understanding of Christianity.

Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with your God

Statement of Entitlement

The aims of Religious Education at Eltham Church of England Primary schools are:

  • To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
  • To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
  • To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.

Appropriate to age at the end of their education in Church schools the expectation is that all pupils are religiously literate and as a minimum pupils are able to:

  • Give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith.
  • Show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and world views in their search for God and meaning.
  • Engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of other faiths and none.
  • Reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions. Effective teaching and learning about Religions and World Views

Church schools have a duty to provide accurate knowledge and understanding of religions and world views. They should provide:

  • A challenging and robust curriculum based on an accurate theological framework.
  • An assessment process which has rigour and demonstrates progression based on knowledge and understanding of core religious concepts.
  • A curriculum that draws on the richness and diversity of religious experience worldwide.
  • A pedagogy that instils respect for different views and interpretations; and, in which real dialogue and theological enquiry takes place.
  • The opportunity for pupils to deepen their understanding of the religion and world views as lived by believers.
  • RE that makes a positive contribution to SMSC development.

Curriculum balance – Christianity should be the majority study in RE in every school.   At Eltham Church of England Primary School we follow the Southwark Diocese Board of Education Scheme of Work which ensures that RE teaching is at least 2/3rds Christianity, with 1 other major faith studied each year.

RE is taught so that both ‘Learning About Religion‘ and ‘Learning From Religion‘ is planned for in every lesson.  Children are encouraged to reflect on and develop their own understanding of what they have learnt and how it applies to them both in knowledge and in spirit.

Across the school there are sigh expectations of the pupil outcomes.  All pupils are supported to ensure that they all achieve highly.  Lessons are taught in a variety of methods and the pupil’s produce work that is creative and reflective.

Curriculum time – Sufficient dedicated curriculum time, meeting explicitly RE objectives, however organised, should be committed to the delivery of RE. This should aim to be close to 10% but must be no less than 5%.

Southwark Diocese Board of Education Scheme of Work – The SDBE’s scheme of work followed by Eltham Church of England Primary School can be found following this LINK