Manor Junior School RE Statement of Intent


The Religious Education curriculum has many links with our school mission statement

Motivation, Joy, Success


And our commitment to our school values of:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Respect
  • Inclusion
  • Challenge


Religious Education is taught at MJS because it makes:

“a major contribution to the education of children and young people. At its best, it is intellectually challenging and personally enriching. It helps young people develop beliefs and values, and promotes the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society. It fosters civilised debate and reasoned argument, and helps pupils to understand the place of religion and belief in the modern world”. (RE: realising the potential, Ofsted 2013).


Religious education enables our children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At MJS, we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major faiths, and address fundamental questions concerning, for example, ‘how Jesus and Buddha made people stop and think’ and ‘what people believe about life after death’. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual, knowledge and understanding.


Our school curriculum for religious education meets the requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act (ERA). The ERA stipulates that religious education is compulsory for all children. RE is part of the basic curriculum. The school’s Religious Education Curriculum is based on Barking and Dagenham’s Agreed Syllabus, which is agreed by the Standing Advisory Committee on RE (SACRE). The curriculum has been designed to contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of children, taking into consideration the diversity within our community. Therefore, we do not support selective withdrawal from Religious Education or collective worship sessions.


Collective worship makes an important contribution to developing pupils’ understanding of fundamental British values as defined by Ofsted. Effective SMSC development can support pupils in better understanding and applying these fundamental British values.


At MJS, we aim to provide Collective worship opportunity for all pupils:

  • to worship to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs
  • to encourage participation and response, whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the worship offered, and
  • to develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values, and reinforce positive attitudes


At MJS, we strive to help our children recognise and value the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities, while exploring, improving and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity.

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