Religious Education at Fossdene is taught according to the Royal Borough of Greenwich Agreed Syllabus. The curriculum emphasises the belief that our pupils should be able to find out more about their own faith (if they have one) and that of others around them. This contributes directly to the promotion of British Values in our school community.
In the Early Years Religious Education is integrated into learning using 5 themes: Right & wrong, Festivals, Self and others, Symbols and rituals and Living Things.
Throughout Key Stage 1, pupils explore Christianity, Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism. Through these they learn about different beliefs about God and
the world around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts
and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a
variety of ways, and begin to use specialist vocabulary. They begin to understand the
importance and value of religion and belief, especially for other children and their
families. Pupils should be encouraged to ask relevant questions and develop a sense
of wonder about the world, using their imaginations. They should talk about what is
important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings
and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.
Throughout Key Stage 2, pupils will learn about Christianity and all five of the other
principal religions, recognising the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and
globally. They make connections between differing aspects of religion and
consider the different forms of religious expression.
Pupils consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to
religion and learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings.
They should begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and
differences both within and between religions and beliefs and the importance of
dialogue between them.
Pupils will also extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary. They will recognise
the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, and
valuing what is good and true.
Pupils should be given opportunity to communicate their ideas, recognising other
people’s viewpoints. They consider their own beliefs and values and those of others
in the light of their learning in religious education.
In KS1 and KS2 children also explore a range of thematic units. These include content from Christianity and the option to find out more about the other faiths and Humanism.
Parents do have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education lessons. Any request should be made to the Head of School who will be happy to discuss this with you.