Religious Education Intent
We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Through religious education, pupils develop their knowledge of world faiths. They will gain an awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures, as well as tolerance and respect for each other. Pupils will ask questions about the world and reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences
Religious Education Implementation and Impact
We use the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham's Religious Education Agreed Syllabus, Living Difference. Hammersmith and Fulham is an increasingly diverse Borough. The Agreed Syllabus was written by experts who brought together representatives of the major world faiths and humanism to adopt a syllabus to be used as a basis for teaching children and young people of all ages and abilities.
For further information about the syllabus please see: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/sites/default/files/section_attachments/sacre_re_syllabus_final.pdf
In Nursery and Reception, children engage with festivals reflecting the beliefs of their current cohort.
In years 1 and 2, children learn about concepts that are common to all people – special, remembering, belonging, storytelling, celebration and authority - through Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
In years 3 and 4, children learn about concepts that are shared by many – holy, God, ritual, worship, community and symbol - through the lens of Christianity, Judaism, Humanism and Sikhism.
In year 5, children learn about concepts that are shared by many religions – wisdom, justice and pilgrimage - through the Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Humanism.
In year 6, children learn about concepts that are distinctive to particular religions:
Christianity (sacrifice), Judaism (freedom), Sikhism (sewa), Islam (khalifah), Buddhism (dukkha) and Hinduism (devotion), with some comparisons to Humanism and other worldviews.
Children learn the religious knowledge through concepts using enquiry skills. Lessons are planned using this sequence in each unit:
The syllabus is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and supports our school’s work on rights respecting education (RRE):
- Communicate and Enquire: Article 12: respect for the views of the child.
- Apply: Article 13: freedom of expression.
- Evaluate: Article 14: freedom of thought, belief and religion.
- Contextualise: Article 30: children from minority or indigenous groups.
Our school values the importance of visiting places of worship and speaking to members of our community who have expert knowledge on religions to deepen our understanding of these concepts. Every year group visits at least one place of worship each academic year and by the end of year 6, children will have visited a corresponding place for each religion studied.
Lessons are planned and delivered in a variety of ways so that all children can participate fully. Interactive, practical activities, including outdoor learning, linked to the themes in the syllabus and other subjects where appropriate, encourage our pupils to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions.
Pupils' progress in RE is based on the expected outcomes and assessment criteria outlined in Living Difference. These outcomes form the basis of our school assessment. Pupils are assessed through class discussions and in the learning in their books.
The cycles of enquiry, forming our curriculum, encourage children to use their own experiences and the experiences of others to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. It is helpful for the children to be exposed to many of the similarities between religious beliefs and the concepts they have in common. This is vital in a world where views are becoming more polarised and extremist ideologies are so accessible on the internet.
Our children learn to respect those with different beliefs and celebrate diversity whilst finding common ground on important values which guide religious and non-religious people.
Progression of skills and knowledge
We use the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Religious Education Agreed Syllabus (AS) this has been modified and adapted for use in Hammersmith & Fulham Schools.
Hammersmith and Fulham is an increasingly diverse Borough. The Agreed Syllabus was written by experts who brought together representatives of the major world faiths and humanism to adopt a syllabus to be used as a basis for teaching children and young people of all ages and abilities.
For further information about the syllabus please see below: Living difference 3 - Hammersmith and Fulham Agreed Syllabus