Religious Education

Religious Education at Danson is taught in line with the Religious Education Agreed Syllabus for Bexley 2014.

Each Year Group, in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, studies different aspects of Christianity alongside one other major world faith.


Explore: Curiosity and imagination used to develop an appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live.

Discuss:   listen to stories and talk about these. ( Religious and secular)

Celebrate: learn about the celebration of festivals or important events in their own lives and the lives of others.

Experience: investigate religious beliefs, practises, artefacts and forms of expression via sensory activities and experiences.

While engaged in all of the above children will be introduced to specialist vocabulary and be encouraged to reflect upon their own feelings and experiences.

Year 1 Christianity Judaism
Year 2 Christianity Hinduism
Year 3 Christianity Sikhism
Year 4 Christianity Islam
Year 5 Christianity Buddhism
Year 6 Christianity Revisit all 5 faiths above


The Religious Education Syllabus for Bexley promotes both AT1 learning about a religion (i.e. the facts) and AT2 learning from a religion (i.e. relating what the children are learning about to their own life experiences).This is reflected in the planning and teaching of Religious Education at Danson which shows a balance between the two Attainment Targets wherever possible.

The teaching and learning in Religious Education at Danson also aims to make children more culturally aware of others’ ways of life and beliefs, which may be different from their own, and in turn will prepare our children for living in the culturally diverse society that exists now in Britain and enable them to be both curious as well as tolerant.

The teaching of Religious Education at Danson aims to give children first hand and sensory experiences and will incorporate some or all of the following: the use of religious artefacts, visits to places of worship, visitors to the school from different faiths, teaching approaches that promote Religious Education skills and a variety of ways for children to record their learning experiences. 

The following skills will be promoted and developed through our teaching and learning in Religious Education:







Assemblies/Collective Worship

Assemblies/Collective Worship at Danson takes a variety of forms: Whole School, Key Stage or Class. Each week has a different theme which incorporates PSHE, British Values, SMSC, RE or Danson Values and there is an annual plan for these.

Assemblies include:

- An introduction to the theme led by teachers in rotation.

- A visitor’s assembly led by a member of St John’s Church in Welling.


Class assemblies

- A weekly celebration assembly led by Deputy or Assistant Head.

- An end of term celebration assembly taken by the Headteacher.


Right of Withdrawal from RE or Collective Worship

In accordance with Schedule 19 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE without giving a reason but they need to notify the school via letter or email of this decision and the parent needs to make clear whether it is from the whole of the subject or specific parts of it and/or collective worship.

If pupils are withdrawn from RE (and/or collective worship), Danson has a duty to supervise the pupil, but will not provide additional teaching or incur extra costs due to this during this time.