Religious Education at Cranfield Church of England Academy is guided by Discovery R.E, an enquiry-based approach to Religious Education that consistently delivers excellent learning outcomes and which adheres to the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus.
Each topic starts with a big question - click here to see the whole school overview for Religious Education. The enquiry-based approach makes Religious Education exciting and engaging for both teachers and children alike and aims to deliver the higher level skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection in order to deepen our children's understanding of the impact of religion on the world.
As a Church of England school, we commit to Christianity being taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter knowledge and understanding developed further each year, developing our children’s learning in a progressive way. As an inclusive community and international school we learn about and from other religions and world views, fostering respect for them in our children.
At Cranfield we have a rich and varied RE curriculum, providing a range of opportunities for learners to understand and make links between the beliefs and practices and values of all faiths studied. Our own Cranfield Values link closely with the Christian values and are intrinsic in our teaching not only of the RE curriculum but across all of the school life.
Religious Education at Cranfield Academy adheres to the Church of England Religious Education Statement of Entitlement which can be viewed by clicking here.
The termly curriculum newsletters for each year group clearly show what is being taught. Quality First Teaching is at the forefront of Religious Education teaching and the teaching is structured the same as other areas of the curriculum.
Teachers in the same year group plan lessons together to ensure a consistency of approach and opportunities and in some year groups the same teacher teaches Religious Education to both classes to maximize a teacher's strengths and expertise in an area of the curriculum.
At Cranfield, our Religious Education lessons:
- provide a safe enquiry space,
- encourage big questions,
- enhance critical thinking and evaluation skills,
- support spiritual understanding and diversity
- equip our pupils for a world of diversity.
Our Pupil's Religious Education skills are developed in Religious Education Lessons. Our understanding and development of these skills similarly takes place in Whole-School Collective Worship. To view the assessment targets which your child will be assessed against during Years One to Year Four, please click here.
RE Quality Mark - Silver:
We are delighted to have achieved the Silver Religious Education Quality Mark for developing and implementing strategies that generate excellent RE and contribute to whole school improvement.
Religious Education Trios:
Each year the school participates in a Religious Education Trio, three exciting days of Religious Education themed learning based around big questions.
- In 2013 to 2014 our R.E. Trio was based around 'Three Big Questions' - Who is God? Where is God? How do I speak to God?
- In 2014 to 2015 our RE Trio involved 'spirited arts' and questioned, 'What does Religious Education mean to me?'
- In 2015 to 2016 we found out about Christianity as a global faith.
Examples of Religious Education Learning:
We look forward to sharing examples of Religious Education learning for the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year very soon.