Our approach to RE

The UK has a rich heritage of culture and different belief systems and it is vital that young people are given opportunities to reflect on how different beliefs affect them and those around them.

By the time children leave Chesterton, we provide them with the tools to enable them to have a respectful discussion of the different major world religions, making links between these religions and challenging stereotypes. We give children a wealth of knowledge of these religions and widely held alternative beliefs, such as Atheism and Humanism.

In our RE curriculum, we not only focus on religious beliefs but also provide the children with opportunities to explore a variety of themes, such as justice and what is right and wrong. Children can then compare the attitudes of religions they have already studies towards these themes.

How we teach RE

Our RE curriculum is based on the Wandsworth SACRE, where children learn about and from religion and beliefs. The curriculum is enhanced through the use of artefacts and visits to places of worship.

Each new topic in R.E is launched with a ‘big question’. Each lesson will give the children new knowledge and skills to allow them to offer an informed opinion on the ‘big question’ in the final lesson at the end of the topic. Knowledge and skills will be built upon as each topic progresses.
To support the children in their discussions, we make links to the UNCRC articles (UNCRC #12: every child has the right to and express their opinion) and our ‘life ladders’, such as communication. We draw on the children’s own knowledge of their faith by giving them a chance to share and lead respectful discussions with their class.

Useful links

Key Stage 1 BBC Bitesize videos 

Key Stage 2 BBC Bitesize videos