Religious Education

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.

What will our students to be able to do when they leave us?

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.

RE - Termly Overviews

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