Religious Education

At Charles Dickens, we follow the Southwark SACRE (Standing Advisory Councils for RE) RE Curriculum. All children have one RE lesson per week.

Each year group explores one “Big Question” about religion throughout the year. Each term children explore their question in the context of one of the world’s major religions, as well as looking at it from the tradition of secularism. Over the course of year, children will learn about Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

  • Year 1 – What does it mean to belong?
  • Year 2 – Can stories change people?
  • Year 3 – How are symbols and sayings important in religion?
  • Year 4 – What is special to me and the people in my community?
  • Year 5 – How do beliefs influence actions?
  • Year 6 – How important are similarities and differences between and within religions?

Charles Dickens is part of a wonderfully diverse community. We recognise that religion and belief, for many people, forms a crucial part of their culture and identity. Our core values at Charles Dickens; Academic Excellence, Creativity and Social Intelligence are at the heart of how we teach RE. We ensure that children are taught key knowledge, in a creative way, to ensure that they are equipped to talk about RE in a sensitive and respectful way.

We believe that RE contributes to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) of all children, and that this makes a significant contribution to helping “pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain,” through practising the skills of tolerance and mutual respect as seen in Fundamental British Values. RE provides us with opportunities to develop pupils learning and understanding of people they will meet, work and live alongside.

Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the key facts, vocabulary and skills for each unit. This is sent home in advance of the unit, allowing children to make a head start on their learning.