At Bedonwell Federation, we believe in one community, regardless of belief or race. As a result, our RE curriculum encourages children to discover and explore different worldviews (religious and non-religious), in a way that stimulates a deep level of thinking, questioning and self-reflection. By teaching the how and why of a belief and through considering the impact on individuals, groups and a community, children will be able to weigh up and evaluate what they have learnt from the different sources of wisdom in order to develop their own views accordingly. By embracing difference, our RE curriculum promotes empathy, tolerance and respectfulness towards each other in our community, as well as in the wider world.
We have carefully considered chronology in our planning that builds progressively on pupils’ knowledge and skills from Nursery to Year 6. We use the agreed syllabus as a basis for our planning and personalise and extend it to suit our specific context.
The aims of our RE curriculum:
Children are taught to:
- Reflect on what it means to belong to a faith community, communicating their own and other’s responses.
- Respond to the challenge of commitment both in their own lives and within religious traditions, recognising how commitment to a religion is shown in a variety of ways.
- Discuss their own and others’ views of religious truth and belief, expressing their own ideas.
- Reflect on ideas of right and wrong and their own and others’ responses to them.
- Reflect on sources of inspiration in their own and others’ lives.
The RE curriculum is divided into 3 distinct areas of learning which are:
Year 1: Who is a Christian and what do they believe?
Year 2: Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? / Who is Jewish and what do they believe?
Year 3: What does it mean to be a in Christian in Britain today?
Year 4: What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?
Year 5: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
Year 6: What matters most to Christians and Humanists?
An important element of our curriculum is giving pupils the knowledge they need so that they can recall and apply this knowledge and understanding in different concepts. Therefore, our curriculum across the school and within year groups and the unit itself is building upon prior knowledge. Children’s attention in each lesson should be drawn to the symbols of the religious faiths explored. As some units exploring different faiths under one concept, it is important pupils can revisit their prior learning regularly to help their knowledge and understanding to be embedded in their long-term memory.
This can be done by pupils engaging in a working wall for each unit, looking at prior learning at the beginning of each lesson and as a plenary being able to add knowledge and understanding gained from the lesson as well as beliefs and concepts explored. This will be beneficial in allowing children to progress in then looking at the similarities and differences between the religious and non-religious groups.
Pupils will leave Bedonwell Federation having fostered a sound understanding of different religions, both from a knowledge and skills perspective and from a cultural stance. Through the key questions, that are an integral part of each unit, pupils will have developed an understanding and empathy of the beliefs, attitudes and values of others and a good understanding of their own.
Teachers will enjoy teaching the new agreed Bexley RE syllabus (2021) and will be confident in its delivery. Via strong subject leadership, they will have a clear overview of skills/knowledge coverage with a clear picture of progression across the federation. Regardless of academic ability, all children/pupils will have had numerous opportunities to develop their RE skills and develop their understanding of religions in the modern world.
Arrangements for Religious Education and Collective Worship
Within Bedonwell, collective acts of worship occur in assemblies. These will be in line with the Bexley Agreed Syllabus. However, requests can be made in writing to the Head Teacher should you wish your child to be withdrawn from collective worship and RE lessons.
Religious Education at the Bedonwell Federation follows the RE Agreed Syllabus for Bexley. Year groups in Key Stages 1 and 2 study different aspects of Christianity alongside two other major world faiths. The children in the EYFS (Nursery and Reception classes) access RE through the Understanding the World area of the EYFS curriculum and explore celebrations, traditions and special occasions.
"In the simplest terms, studying religion and belief makes a vital part of a complete education because of its ability to influence culture, behaviour and national life and help children to workout how to live a good life."