GLF Schools

GLF Schools

R.E

Welcome to our R.E Curriculum

At Cuddington, we aim for our children to explore and learn about a broad range of religions and cultures, which develops their understanding of their community and the diverse world around them. 

Our R.E Intent

Religious Education is an essential component of a broad and balanced education. Religious Education is concerned with the deep meaning that individuals and groups make of their experiences and how this helps them give purpose to their lives. It provides opportunities to explore, make and respond to the meanings of those experiences in relation to the beliefs and experiences of others as well as to engage and enrich one's own experiences. It is the aim that the teaching of Religious education at Cuddington is of a high standard, which helps to promote children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of the present and the future. A main aim of RE is to develop tolerance and respect within our pupils. It is our intent that children will ask deep, meaning questions about religion, understanding that the deepening of their personal understanding is more important than “content”. 

Our intention is that children will “learn from” religions and understand that Religious Education and demonstrate respect and an understanding about the community in which they live in. 

Implementation - how do we plan and teach RE?

Our RE curriculum follows Surrey's guidance. RE is taught through a series of experiences and visits to make the learning as real-to-life as possible for the children. This happens in the form of trips to different places of worship, peer teaching from other children in the class/school to share their expertise and their knowledge, visits from guests, parents and workshops. In lessons, we use a variety of activities to make the learning engaging for the children, such as drama techniques, discussions in small groups and whole class as well as the use of physical artifacts for them to explore. We aim for our discussions to be focused and for the children to have good reason for their opinions.

British values are taught through this curriculum area as well as in our weekly assemblies which develop the children's understanding of mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Children can discuss, debate, explore and discover in order to learn more about the world they live in.  

The RE learning is reinforced and consolidated through many enrichment activities during the school year. These include daily assemblies, Nativities and carol concerts and the Harvest Festival. We are currently in the process of planning RE based trips for our children for the next academic year, in the interim, we will be welcoming visitors into the school to share their religion with the children. 

We believe that enquiry should drive all RE learning, not just at the beginning of a topic, but extended throughout the whole investigation. Open ended enquiry allows children to ask challenging questions, and as a result, have a deep understanding of different religions. The key questions identified at the beginning of a topic will drive ensure that enquiry rather than “final product” is the driving point of the learning.

Impact - how is progress shown?

The skills and values taught in RE lessons are ingrained throughout daily life at Cuddington Croft. The impact of lessons and celebration of different cultures and religions represented at the school can be seen through the tolerance and attitudes of the children and staff. This is evident through conversations with children, staff and parents. We know that lessons have impact when children are able to ask questions - investigate - draw conclusions - evaluate - reflect and express.