Bedonwell Junior

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Religious Education

Religious Education at the Bedonwell Federation follows the RE Agreed Syllabus for Bexley (2021). The units studied explore questions about life, in order to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live.  We aim for pupils to make sense of religion, world views as well as reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.

The Bexley agreed syllabus allows children to develop skills both at:

Attainment target 1 - learning about a religion (i.e. the facts)

Attainment target 2 - learning from a religion (i.e. relating what the children are learning about to their own life experiences).

 Our curriculum is divided into 3 distinct areas of learning which include:

  • a) Knowledge and Understanding: Children will explore and evaluate beliefs and values so that they gain a deeper understanding by looking at different sources of wisdom, whether that be key religious leaders or sacred books.
  • b) Expressing and communicating ideas:  Children will explore how religious and spiritual forms of expression inspire and impact both individuals and communities and form their own reflective and evaluative responses towards questions and teachings based on identity and diversity.
  • c) Living: Children will learn about religious practices and ways of living and develop questions about values and commitments.

The teaching of RE will utilise a range of teaching and learning strategies including discussions, visits, role play, research and questioning. As a result, this approach goes beyond learning about religions and encourages pupils to become reflective, analytical and evaluative of their own as well as others’ beliefs, values and practices.  It also encourages communication. The teaching of RE delivered at the Bedonwell Federation promotes pupils’ spiritual growth and development.

The syllabus will explore Christianity and other world faiths as well as non-religious worldviews. We are sensitive to the beliefs of all pupils from various religious and non- religious backgrounds. We aim to develop a friendly, working partnership with parents and carers and develop relationships with members of religious groups within our school community. for example, through our Harvest Festival and carol service we enjoy sharing experiences and supporting the local community.

Arrangements for Religious Education and Collective Worship

Collective worship

Within Bedonwell, collective acts of worship occur in assemblies. These will be in line with the Bexley Agreed Syllabus. However, requests can be made in writing to the Head Teacher should you wish your child to be withdrawn from collective worship and RE lessons.

Curriculum overview:

Religious Education at the Bedonwell Federation follows the RE Agreed Syllabus for Bexley. Year groups in Key Stages 1 and 2 study different aspects of Christianity alongside two other major world faiths. The children in the EYFS (Nursery and Reception classes) access RE through the Understanding the World area of the EYFS curriculum and explore celebrations, traditions and special occasions.

We aim to foster spiritual and moral development, based on the teaching of Christianity and other world faiths. Through our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural curriculum, emphasis is also given to moral Education, good manners and Equal Opportunities - strongly linking to our Federation 'Golden Values'. 

 Children are taught to:

  1. Reflect on what it means to belong to a faith community, communicating their own and other’s responses.
  2. Respond to the challenge of commitment both in their own lives and within religious traditions, recognising how commitment to a religion is shown in a variety of ways.
  3. Discuss their own and others’ views of religious truth and belief, expressing their own ideas.
  4. Reflect on ideas of right and wrong and their own and others’ responses to them.
  5. Reflect on sources of inspiration in their own and others’ lives.



    "In the simplest terms, studying religion and belief makes a vital part of a complete   education because of its ability to influence culture, behaviour and national life and help children to  workout how to live a good life."