The purpose of RE at Craneswater is to support children in developing their own beliefs, values and principles, and to support their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We believe our children have the right to think and feel what they want and should have the freedom to express this within a safe and encouraging environment.
Through our teaching we aim to:
Give the children confidence to interpret, evaluate and respond to differing values, beliefs and practices within religions;
Foster mutual understanding between children of differing religious and cultural backgrounds;
Encourage the children to share their own and others’ cultural and life experiences;
Encourage the children to apply their own beliefs and values to situations in their own and others’ lives;
Extend their thinking and analytical skills and also their creative, imaginative and emotional development.
We hope to achieve this through:
Visits from members of the community
Trips to places of worship or interest
Year group performances
Concept of belonging
Belonging to the Christian church and the Baptism ceremony
Visit Trinity Church for baptism demonstration
Concept of holiness
Looking at Mary’s role in the Christmas story
Mary as a holy figure today
Concept of symbols in religion
Trees as a symbol of new life and growth
Concept of forgiveness and sacrifice
Easter story through the event of the last
What is sacred?
Temples and shrines