Religious Education

Developing children's understanding of Christianity.

Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with your God


We do this by:

  • Promoting and modelling Christian values within the school thereby encouraging personal integrity, consideration for others and understanding different viewpoints
  • Offering an exciting curriculum, planned appropriately to be accessible to all, which enables all children to develop a positive self-image, achieve well and develop a love of learning
  • Celebrating and valuing our school as a multi-cultural community
  • Promoting effective problem-solving, communication and thinking skills
  • Creating strong links between school, home, our parish church and the local community


Statement of Entitlement

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

  • To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.
  • To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
  • To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.
  • To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways living, believing and thinking.

The Religious Education syllabus

At Eltham Church of England Primary School, we currently follow the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) Religious Education Scheme of work for Primary Schools and supplement this with material from the Greenwich agreed syllabus. It is taught in units that have a balance between content, concepts and skills and progresses throughout the year groups. Christianity is taught throughout every year group for the majority of our RE lessons, however ach year group spends at least half a term on one other major faith. 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. We use these to ensure that the children develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to meet the aims of Religious Education at Eltham Church of England school.

Pupil Achievement:
Across the school there are high 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%.

Religious Education Curriculum

Progression in Religious Education

Our Prayer Garden – a place for quiet thought, reflection and prayer.

Year 5 children planting spring bulbs in the Prayer Garden planters.