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, our RE lead is trialling the use of a ‘Big Book’ to record the Chimps class RE learning, with the expectation that this will be rolled out to the rest of the school (allowing the rich discussion-based lessons of RE to be recorded and remembered). Year 5 use a separate book to record their RE learning and Year 4 use their writing books. RE is taught discretely through weekly lessons and through whole-school ‘Digging Deeper’ days (when Covid-19 restrictions allow) 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.