St John’s of England Primary School

Religious Education

Subject Leader: Jess Davis

Our Curriculum Intent

At John’s CE Primary School, we follow the Rochester Diocesan syllabus, which incorporates the Bromley locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education. The exploration of Christianity is at the heart of the curriculum. We also learn about other world religions, including Hindu Dharma, Sikhi, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam.

At our school, Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity amongst other religion and religious traditions. RE enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society. It teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice.

Pupils are encouraged to dig deeper. Questions are constantly being asked of children whilst allowing them to ask their own questions in order to develop their critical thinking, self-belief and self-confidence. Pupils participate in a wide range of cross-curricular learning to encourage engagement, high-level thinking and personal reflection.

Finally, Religious Education prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to the wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

Useful Documents

Religious Education Curriculum Map