Religious Education

At Vicarage Primary School, pupils and staff are linked to many parts of the world and come from a wide range of faith groups.  We wish to celebrate this diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment, for all of our pupils and families. We believe that Religious Education (R.E.) provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of these differences at the school and in the wider world.

Vicarage Primary School uses SACRE’s locally agreed syllabus as the basis for planning religious education and we make links, wherever possible, to the context of our themes. We celebrate the major religious festivals, including: Christmas, Eid, Diwali and Guru Nanak’s Birthday. As part of our school and community values we emphasise tolerance, respect and understanding as a significant aspect of the teaching of major world faiths and beliefs, including those without a faith, in Modern Britain and the world.

Each Year group focuses on a big question with regards to religion and over the years they will have learnt about all of the major religions which will involve an Educational Visit to a Place of Worship.

Religious education lessons are also supported by our daily assembly themes to celebrate religious festivals and celebrations.

Children in Year 1 are creating Diva lamps from clay and decorating them using paint and glitter. They have been leaning about why Diwali is important to Hindus.

As part of our Harvest Celebration at Vicarage Primary School Children brought in food for the Local Food Bank.

Reverend Sue from East Ham Parish Church visited Vicarage Primary School to talk to the children about Harvest in assembly.

What’s been happening?

There has been a lot of excitement about RE at Vicarage Primary school. We have had visitors and workshops across the school. The children have been exploring a range of big questions and using their skills to answer, looking at various religions and ideologies. In class, artefacts have been explored and visual resources have been used to help children understand the different faiths and belief systems.

Vicarage Primary School strives to use the resources we are so fortunate to have in Newham. Year 1 have luckily been able to visit ‘The Christmas Experience’ at St Georges Church in East Ham following their question ‘How do Christians celebrate Christmas?’ They received a sensory and hands on experience, participating in activities such as making bread, meeting characters of the Nativity and asking Christian believers questions about Christmas.

Children in Early years and Year 1 performed their fantastic Nativity performance we were thrilled to have such a brilliant turn out of parents and governors who enjoyed the performance.
RE matters, a local Charity has delivered informative and trilling lessons to children across KS1 about Baptism and Stories that Jesus told.

Assessment of RE has also changed this year and the children have book marks to use alongside their learning. They are able to reflect on what they have learnt and how they are progressing in the subject. The children have found it very useful and enjoy understanding what they are to do in order to move their learning on.

What is coming up?

Children across the schools will be visiting a Place of worship across Newham. The focus of the visit will be linked with the RE question of the term, for each year group.

We have an exciting week coming up! RE through Arts week is an opportunity for children to create a piece of Art following on from the Places of worship each year group will visit. This will be an opportunity for children to reflect on artefacts they have seen and concepts they have learnt about. Some art pieces will be submitted in the 2017-18 Places of worship competition run by RE matters.

Year 4 will be visiting a local Church to find out about how Christians Celebrate Easter and this will be a great opportunity for them to look at artefacts and meet characters of the Easter Story.

Useful Links

Newham’s Locally Agreed R.E Syllabus

National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education


RE Online

Primary Information on the 5 Major Religions