Religious education provides a positive context within which the diversity of cultures, beliefs and values can be celebrated and explored. In our society today, religion and beliefs have become more visible in public life. Religious education allows us particular opportunities to promote an ethos of respect for others, challenge stereotypes and build an understanding of other cultures and beliefs. This contributes to promoting a positive and inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values and human rights. It provokes challenging questions, encouraging pupils to explore their own beliefs, enabling pupils to develop respect and understanding for others and finally it prompts pupils to consider their rights and responsibilities to society.
At Ben Jonson Primary School, we use the Tower Hamlets agreed syllabus as the basis for our RE curriculum. This syllabus offers a considered path through ideas and issues in six of the world's major religions. Christianity, Islam, Judaism as well as Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism are covered here. Non-religious or alternative world views such as Humanism are also included. This wide-ranging extent is particularly important in a London borough such as Tower Hamlets, where the population includes people who observe each and all of the above religions and probably more. Thus this syllabus will equip both our children with the tools and skills to learn, examine and come to understand ideas and practices that shape their lives and that of their families, friends and colleagues.
By the time our children leave Ben Jonson Primary School, they will have developed a deep and broad understanding about world faiths, views and beliefs. They will be able to express ideas through holding balanced and informed conversations about religious and spiritual world views and beliefs. By engaging with challenging key questions, they will understand the impact of their learning through reflecting critically on the core concepts, making connections between stories and considering implications within their own and other’s lives and cultures. Religious education is relevant for all children regardless of their own faith or beliefs. Living in and growing up in the 21st century will challenge all young people. It will raise questions of spirituality and identity as well as questions around morality, discrimination and prejudice. Our children will learn to appreciate from different communities, to disagree respectfully and to be thoughtful and respectful about their responses, therefore, demonstrating a respect for their own and others religious, spiritual and ethical beliefs.
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
RE Y1 Autumn Key Question 1.7 What does it mean to belong to a faith community
|RE Y1 Spring Key Question 1.6 How why do we celebrate special and sacred times||
RE Y1 Summer Key Question 1.1 Who is a Christian and what do they believe
|RE Y2 Autumn Key Question 1.8 How should we care about other and the world and why does it matter||RE Y2 Spring Key Question 1.4 What can we learn from sacred books||RE Y2 Summer Key Question 1.2 Who is a Muslim and What Do They Believe|
|RE Y3 Autumn Key Question L2.7 What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today||RE Y3 Spring Key Question L2.1 What do different people believe about God||RE Y3 Summer L2_5_Why are festivals important to religious communities|
|RE Y4 Autumn Key Question L2.8 What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today||RE Y4 Spring L2.3 Why is Jesus inspiring to some people||RE Y4 Summer 2.9 What can we learn about right and wrong|
|RE Y5 Autumn Key Question U2.6 What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today||RE Y5 Spring Key Question U2.7 What matters most to Christians and to Humanists||RE Y5 Summer U2. 5 Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture of in charity and generosity|
|RE Y6 Autumn U2.8 What difference does it make to believe in Ahimsa Grace and Ummah community||RE Y6 Spring Key Question U2.3 What do religions say to us when life gets hard||RE Y6 Summer Key Question U2.4 If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship|
RE Progression Skills Map 2021 onwards