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The aim of religious education is to help all our children to learn about and learn from religious and spiritual insights, beliefs and practices.

It should:

  • provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human
  • develop knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and other major world faiths, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism as well as ethical nontheistic traditions, such as Humanism
  • offer opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development and contribute to a search for meaning and purpose in life
  • enhance awareness, understanding of and responses to religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religious and other beliefs on individuals, families, communities and cultures
  • encourage learning from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while reflecting on, considering, analysing, interpreting and evaluating issues of truth, faith and ethics and communicating responses
  • recognise the significance of interfaith dialogue and the important contribution religion can make to community cohesion by promoting discernment and combating religious prejudice and discrimination.

In addition to the curriculum lessons, Key Stage 1 and 2 are involved in the harvest festival and the Christmas performance in St Michael’s Church in the Autumn term. Throughout the year, assemblies have a religious focus in which stories and beliefs from different world religions will be read and reflected upon. In addition, each term Father Steven (the vicar from St Michael’s Church) leads two assemblies to Key Stage 1 and 2, which have a Christian focus.

There are two attainment targets for RE:

• Attainment Target 1 (AT1): Learning about religions: knowledge and understanding

• Attainment Target 2 (AT2): Learning from religion: explore, reflect on and respond to religious beliefs, values and experiences

RE Subject Map

Please click here for a detailed overview of the agreed syllabus for The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.