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Religious Education


Religious Education has an important part to play in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our pupils and in helping them to gain a greater understanding of themselves and a more sympathetic awareness of the needs of others.

We believe that teaching of R.E. should be a child centred, exciting journey. Children will learn to understand the world and their place in it, know that all members of the school community show respect and tolerance for others whilst developing better cultural awareness. Children’s thinking skills will be enhanced through child-led philosophical discussions.

RE is taught, as in other curriculum areas, by starting from the pupils’ own life experiences and relating these to similar or different experiences of other people in the local community and in the wider national and international community


Cleves Primary School is made up of staff and pupils from many cultures and faith groups. As a school we aim ‘to promote the spiritual, moral, social, emotional, cultural and intellectual development of pupils and of society by encouraging an exploration of and response to those aspects of religion and human experience which raise fundamental questions of belief and value.’ (Newham Agreed syllabus.) 

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At Cleves we:

  • encourage pupils to have confidence in their own growing sense of identity as well as valuing and respecting diversity in others
  • help pupils in their search for meaning and purpose in life
  • neither promote nor undermine any particular religious, spiritual or secular stance
  • encourage pupils to be confident and able to safely express their views and opinions

Each year children have the opportunity to visit places of worship from a range of community faiths, we also come together as a school community to mark and celebrate festivals such as Christmas, Diwali, Eid and Guru Nanak’s Birthday.

Each year group has a different curricular focus:

Year 1 - What does it mean to belong?
Year 2 - Can stories change people?  
Year 3 - How are symbols important in religion? Investigating the relationship between religions and symbols
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 the similarities and differences between and within religions?  Investigating the relationship between secular and religious world views