Religious Education (RE)

At Whitehall Park School we follow the Islington SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for RE) curriculum. This rich syllabus which enables children to effectively learn about and from the principal religions in Great Britain. There is a balance in the teaching religious beliefs, the expression of those beliefs, and religious practices.

The syllabus is enquiry-led, focusing on the exploration of big questions such as:

  • What makes some places sacred? (KS1)
  • What do different people believe about god? (Lower KS2)
  • What do religions say to us when life gets hard? (Upper KS2)

What does R.E look like at Whitehall Park School?

Our RE lessons help children learn about different beliefs how this impacts the way others live. All year groups are taught Religious Education and teachers use a wide range of resources and materials to make their lessons engaging and meaningful to the children. Discussion and debate are key aspects of RE lessons. Children will visit a religious place of worship each year to deepen their understanding. Teachers are also encouraged to invite speakers into school to help children further develop their learning.

Religious Education in the EYFS

Children in the early years develop their understanding about religion through the Understanding the World strand of the EYFS – specifically the ‘people and communities’ aspect of that strand. Children learn about different cultures and different faiths. We talk about our families and our communities and we celebrate special events together. We invite family members into school to talk about the practices and traditions that are important to them. Children in the early years develop an understanding of diversity, tolerance and inclusion through actively participating in and celebrating the culture of their friends.