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Religious Education

RE Curriculum

At St Matthew's we follow the LDBS syllabus for Religious Education. RE is taught every week for 1 hour across the school. Children also spend time each week in personal reflection and prayer. Our RE curriculum is further enhanced with opportunities for Godly Play. 

Taken from the Religious Education in Church of England Schools - A Statement of Entitlement, the aims of Religious Education in Church schools are:

  • To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
  • To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
  • To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.

Further aims of the LDBS syllabus:

To enable all children to become religiously literate.

To ensure RE enables all children to live life in all its fullness – vision for Education (Church of England)

To offer a systematic enquiry- based approach to the teaching of RE so that the following skills in children can be developed:

  • Ability to be critical thinkers
  • Ability to ask deep and meaningful questions
  • Ability to make connections within and across religions and world views.
  • Ability to reflect, respond and express their own opinions and beliefs.
  • Ability to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief based on a deep knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews belief systems, values and practices.
To offer units of learning that:
  • Are rooted in theological concepts, strong subject knowledge and content.
  • Offer challenge and an in-depth exploration of religion/belief and practices.
  • Offer motivating, engaging and creative lessons for all children.
  • Provide opportunities for children to develop empathy towards people of similar or differing religious or world views to their own.
  • Progression of learning both in terms of knowledge and understanding and skills across the primary age range.
To ensure the teaching of RE supports and enhances:
  • The Christian vision of the school Contributes significantly to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children
  • Takes note of the Religious Education Church of England Schools – Statement of Entitlement The Church of England’s vision for Education – every person deserves to live a ‘life in all its fullness.’

An overview of our RE curriculum can be found below.

For more information please click here.

Assessment of RE

We use the assessment materials recommended by the LDBS for assessment of RE. Children are assessed termly by their teacher based on the learning they have done in the RE curriculum. For more information on the LDBS RE assessment framework, click here. For more information on our whole-school approach to assessment, please see our assessment policy in the 'policies' section.