Religious Education

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Here at St Jude’s, Religious Education and Collective Worship are seen as an essential part of the children’s life and development.

We aim to do this by;

• Introducing the children to the life of Jesus Christ and to those who have responded to his life and teaching.

• Providing the children with access to a faith by which to live.
• Developing and enabling children to express their own beliefs and values.

• Encouraging attitudes of openness and sensitivity towards people whose religious beliefs and customs may be different from their own.

•Encouraging and supporting our children to live out our Christian Vision and follow Christian Values.


We work closely with the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education who provide support and training for our staff. Last year they created and launched a new RE curriculum which we follow. Using this curriculum as a scaffold, the teachers plan and deliver exciting and stimulating lessons which encourage the children to challenge their own thoughts and ideas.  Mastery activities are an integral part of our RE teaching – these are an opportunity for children to stretch their thinking and reflect about an idea or question.

RE holds a very high profile at our school which is enhanced further by our focus events throughout the year. These include; Our Christmas around the World Celebration and our Multi-Faith week during the summer term. This week is an opportunity for our children to visit other places of worship and share their experiences and thoughts.

“I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures in the Buddhist temple. It was also really quiet and we got to meditate with the monk which was really fun.”  Josiah year 1

“The Hindu temple was great, they had statues of their Gods all around the room. We learnt that they placed fruit at the foot of each of the statues as an offering, so the Gods can come down and have something to eat.”  Onyi year 4

Collective Worship is held every day in the hall for the whole school, or in Key Stage groups. This is a special time for us to come together as our St Jude’s Family for prayer, reflection and celebration. Each week our collective worship focuses on our Christian Values, our Christian Vision or a special theme.

We have special assemblies to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter. We are also regularly visited by church leaders who take assemblies and encourage the children to visit their places of worship. Every Friday, we love to celebrate the children’s achievements for that week in our Celebration Assembly.

This is a wonderful time enjoyed by staff and children as we celebrate all the amazing things that have happened this week.

On various occasions throughout the year our children lead assemblies to which parents and friends are invited.

Over the past year, we have developed a children’s Faith Group who run and organise events throughout the year, provide insight on how we can improve our RE teaching and Collective Worship, as well as lead Collective Worships. Our Faith Group members consist of two children from each class, who are voted for by their peers.

“I have really enjoyed being part of the Faith Group because we were able to run assemblies and we ran a cake sale for our lent fundraiser.”  Eliza year 3

“Faith group has allowed me to make a difference by being part of faith related decisions in the school. It has also inspired me and given me the confidence to go for the school council and other leadership roles in the school.”  Tom year 5


RE Curriculum Map 2017-2018


Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
Reception Who made the Wonderful World? Why is Christmas Special Christians? Who cares for this Special World? Easter Story Special People Why do Christians believe Jesus is Special?
Year 1 Christian Baptism and Marriage Why are saints important? Nativity Characters: Which Character are you?

Why are you important?

What is Buddhism? 10 Commandments Why is Easter the most important festival for Christians? Why did Jesus teach the Lord’s prayer as a way to pray? What is it like to live as a Jew?
Year 2 What responsibilities has God given people about taking care of creation? The School’s own Saint’s Day Where is the light of Christmas? Why are they having a Jewish party? Noah How do Easter symbols help us to understand the true mean of Easter? What does it mean to be a Buddhist? Why is it good to listen to and remember the stories Jesus told?
Year 3 Who is Jesus? How do Christians believe following Jesus’ New Commandment and his 2 Greatest Commandments make a difference? How do Advent and Epiphany Show us what Christmas is really about? What does it mean to be a Muslim? Wisdom Who is the Most Important Person in the Easter Story? What does it mean to be a Jew? Bible
Year 4 How did belief in God affect the actions of people in the Old Testament? Should every Christian go on a pilgrimage? Is Peace the most important message of Christmas? What does it mean to be a Hindu? Remembrance Holy Communion Liturgy What are the 5 pillars of Islam and why are they important to Muslims?
Year 5 Understanding faith in… Do fame and Christian faith go together? How do Art and Music convey Christmas? What is the importance of symbols, beliefs and teaching in Hinduism? The Contemporary Anglican Church What happens in churches at Easter? What do Sikhs believe? How has the Christian message survived for over 2,000 years?
Year 6 What do the miracles of Jesus teach?  What are the Beatitudes and what do they mean for Christians?  How do Christians advertise Christmas to show what Christmas means today? What does it mean to be a Sikh? What do the Monastic traditions within Christianity show us about living in Community? Easter Hope Journey of Life and Death Rules and Responsibilities.

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