Religious Education

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

Children explore ‘Big Questions’ about religion over the course of each year. The questions help pupils to explore different religions and to make links between the different beliefs, as well as looking at it from a secular viewpoint. During their time in school, children will learn about Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

The ‘Big Questions’ are:

  • 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?

At Alfred Salter, we see the diversity of our pupils and their families as a great strength of our school. We recognise that, for many people, religion and belief play a crucial part in creating a person’s identity and moral standpoints. We believe that is important to learn about what other people believe, in order to help us to appreciate one another, and to develop a healthy respect for others’ lifestyles. At the same time, there is much to be learnt from the lessons taught within the different religions, and we value the opportunity to learn about and reflect upon these key messages.

In the long term, we intend the teaching of RE to help in the development of pupils’ understanding of the fundamental British Values which we teach throughout our pupils’ times at school, most specifically ‘Mutual Respect’ and ‘Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs’.