Our R.E. curriculum is based on the 2020 Barking and Dagenham Agreed Syllabus, although the curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of our pupils at Eastbrook Primary School. Our curriculum is designed to enable pupils to be active members of society, develop their subject knowledge and apply skills to other areas of their learning. They also learn to be respectful and tolerant of all faiths and religions.
RE is taught in Reception as an integeral part of the topic work and as a discrete weekly lesson, often through the medium of stories, role play and discussions. We relate the R.E. aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Years curriculum which underpin the planning for children aged three to five. R.E. makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of People and Communities and Understanding the World Around Them. Pupils are encouraged to discuss and share their religious beliefs and find out about the beliefs of others.
Key Stage 1
During Key Stage 1, pupils will take part in regular weekly R.E. lessons, whole school worship, visit religious buildings and celebrate major festivals. Pupils will celebrate and recall some of the traditions and events of Divali, Eid, Easter, Christmas and Kwanzaa. They will discuss what books are special to them, listen and retell Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu stories. They will be able to recall some events of the life of Jesus. They will be able to accept that some questions are puzzling and difficult to answer.
Key Stage 2
During Key Stage 2, pupils will take part in regular weekly R.E. lessons, whole school worship, visit religious buildings and celebrate major festivals. Pupils will be able to explain what worship is, using religious terms and also how and why faith is so important to religious believers. They will be able to explain why religions have holy books and how people in different religions use them. They will be able to explain why people pray and explore the concept of God, questioning any existence. Pupils will research and present information on famous religious figures, such as the Dalai Lama, Ghandi etc. They will analyse stories from the New Testament, looking at past beliefs and ways of life.
Our Leader of Learning for Religious Education is Ms. M. Maxted