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Religious Education

Subject Leader Statement

"Religious Education helps children to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the diverse beliefs and cultures within our society, fostering respect, tolerance, and empathy towards others. From studying RE we are able to learn from the past and how different beliefs have shaped the world into what it is today."

Curriculum Intent

At Stewart Fleming all pupils enjoy RE!  It is our intent to offer all pupils the opportunity to become religious thinkers and have the experience to see the world through the eyes of different religious beliefs, allowing them to see how the world around them is shaped through religion. Throughout this process children will acquire the appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills needed to step into the shoes of different cultures, allowing every child within the school to become more loving and inclusive of the people around them.

We are committed to inclusion in all its aspects and ensure that all children, regardless of ability, race, gender, culture, SEN or disability, are given appropriate opportunities to access learning. In order to achieve this, we provide a differentiated learning environment and, where possible, additional support. (See also our Equality/SEN/Inclusion Policies.)

Effective learning opportunities are provided for all by;

  • Offering all RE activities to both boys and girls.
  • Setting suitable learning challenges by differentiating tasks when necessary.
  • Responding to children’s individual learning needs when necessary, this may include providing individual adult support.
  • Challenging the more able in RE as they are in all other subjects.

Curriculum Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Religious Education, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Religious education is taught weekly throughout the school in years 1-6, with EYFS focusing on specific celebrations throughout the year. Each half term the children will be able to focus on a new thread of learning. For example, in the autumn term year 4 will focus primarily on Christianity with the focus shifting in the spring to look into Hinduism.

Each RE lesson will have a different key question alongside the WALT which will be the main focus of that week’s teaching. This allows the children to deepen their thinking around the lessons learning imbedding a greater understanding for the children.

With our well-resourced RE cupboard, lessons are taught using a range of artefacts which the children are able to examine and observe in order to further stimulate their thoughts on the subject.

Curriculum Impact

Teacher assessment is used to inform future planning and to review children’s capability. Children are encouraged to peer and self-assess their work throughout the key stages. The children also refer back to the Key Question at the end of each lesson, answering it in their books which allows for the class teacher to evaluate and assess each lesson individually.

Teacher assessment is both verbally and in their RE books by using positive comments and an improvement opportunity in line with the Progression of Skills Criteria. This evaluation contributes to the end of year written report.


Christmas Card Competition in collaboration with St Michael's Church

Lena year 3

Reverse Advent

Reverse advent:

With Christmas being a time of giving reverse advent is one of our most successful events. Throughout the Christmas months children will bring in donations and add them to their class’ individual reverse advent box. These donations could be anything from a Christmas card, box of chocolates, toys that the families no longer need or even was products. These reverse advent boxes will then be distributed to a wide range of families within the community who will truly benefit from these generous donations.

Harvest Fesitval

Harvest festival:

The first main event of the academic year is the harvest festival. This is a great time for the school and children as it shows the true strength of the school and the local community working together. We work in partnership with Bromley food bank and each year we are given a different donation category (milk, pasta, dessert etc.) Through the kind donations made by the families of Stewart Fleming these are collect and arranged in the hall to truly celebrate the generosity of our families. Each year we have a harvest festival assembly, usually lead by either Mr Larkin or Max Eaton our Head of governors which allows the whole school to celebrate their donations as well as teaching the children where their donations will go and why they are so important.

Celebrating Diwali


Stewart Fleming strives to always strengthen the bonds between the school and the local community. We have had some very interesting Diwali assemblies delivered through ISKCON South London. We feel that it is very important to celebrate a multitude of religious festival throughout the year in order to give the children exciting experiences both from within and outside of their religious communities.

Religious Education (RE) enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Stewart Fleming Primary School we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children and staff within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions. 

Teaching and Learning

Additional websites

BBC Bitesize

Top Marks

BBC: Religion - The BBC's religion and ethics site - an absolutely fantastic resource. Sign up to receive their e-mail newsletter.

RE Online - another good portal to a range of RE related sites. Also offers a range of interactive resources

Truetube - Excellent videos and related resources for RE and related topics, including collective worship/assemblies

BBC: Learning zone - Select 'primary' and 'religious education' in the search boxes for a broad range of useful videos

Assemblies.org.uk - For collective worship and assemblies, primary and secondary

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