Religious Education (RE)
At Cropthorne, our Religious Education aims to:
explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live
reflect upon and develop their personal belief systems of ideas, values and identity while treating the differing views of others respectfully
prepare the children for life in our dynamic and diverse world, inspiring them to ponder challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs in God, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human
RE is taught using the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus 2020 which bases each unit on a key question and provides a structure of coherence and progression across the school. We use the RE Today published scheme of work which provides teachers with ideas for delivering informative, engaging and challenging RE lessons. We also use the Understanding Christianity project to teach Christianity. Currently, we are using a floor book approach to recording Cats class and Year 1 RE learning. Year 3, 4 and 5 use a separate Re writing books to record their learning and this is passed up through the classes to build on prior knowledge. RE is taught discretely through weekly lessons and through whole-school ‘Digging Deeper’ days where the children are taught an in-depth aspect from the Understanding Christianity project in mixed-age groups.
Children leave Cropthorne with a coherent understanding of the major faiths and a considered opinion about their own belief system, equipped with knowledge, understanding and skills to participate positively in our richly diverse world.