Our Vision for R.E. at Cranford Park CE Primary School
“Differences were meant not to divide but to enrich.” – J.H.Oldham
“The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Although we are a Church of England school, we recognise that our pupils and staff come from all faiths and none, so religious education (RE) is a highly valued academic subject that enables understanding of how religion and beliefs affect our lives and we ensure that we maintain an inclusive classroom environment.
At the heart of our RE teaching is the teaching of Christianity and pupils acquire a rich, deep knowledge and understanding of Christian belief and practice. It explores the significant theological concepts within Christianity as part of developing pupils’ wider religious, theological and cultural literacy while allowing children to ponder. A strong community link with our local church supports our teaching with workshops and services. We explicitly teach Christian values and support children to understand how they can be implemented into everyday life.
Whilst learning about a variety of other faiths and world views, pupils learn to respect other cultures and to value the differences between themselves and others in their community. Teachers sequence learning about a range of religions and worldwide views, fostering respect for others. Pupils are engaged and challenged through an exploration of core concepts and questions. Opportunities for children to understand the role of foundational texts, rituals and practices. Children appreciate diversity, continuity and change within religions. They are encouraged to navigate and challenge cultural and religious stereotypes, prejudice and extremism.
Children recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on cultural heritage. The R.E. curriculum also contributes to pupils’ understanding of British values and SMSC development.
The curriculum is brought to life through visits and visitors from a range of religions. Resources enrich learning and allow children to be curious. Throughout lessons, children are given time to reflect and to discuss, thus allowing them to appreciate the value of life while allowing them to develop their own identity and beliefs. Children are inspired by lessons and so conversation extends beyond the classroom.