Religious Education

RE Curriculum Overview

Religious Education “plays a vital part in developing citizenship through children and young people learning about faith and religion and their contribution to fostering positive relationships and building community cohesion.”

Greenwich’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (2012)

At Alexander Mcleod we value the importance of the community around us and use this as a starting point in our Religious Education.

Through Religious Education we believe we can help children become confident and valuable citizens in a diverse society. We aim to build pupils self -esteem and sense of identity, enabling children to feel valued and significant. We provide opportunities which foster their spiritual development, critical thinking and personal reflection.

Pupils gain an understanding of the beliefs, practices and traditions of the main religions and reflect on the experiences of others and themselves. They explore and respond to big questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. We teach children to have respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and help to challenge prejudice.

Pupils learn through a range of activities such as art, cooking, drama, examining religious artefacts, sharing stories and experiences with their peers. Children also visit places of worship and we welcome visitors from faith communities to speak to them. Recently, children participated in a whole school cross- curricular focus day. They explored the theme of light and religion through art, drama and literacy.