Approaches to Religious Education

Vision for the teaching, learning and assessment of RE at Crofton Junior School.

At Crofton Junior School we believe that Religious Education involves learning about religious beliefs, practices and their influence on life styles. It enables pupils to think and talk about their own religious beliefs and values and analyse and evaluate the responses of other people to important moral issues with a religious dimension.


Across the school, we aim to develop children’s skills of inquiry, reasoned argument and reflection. We believe children learn best from real experiences in order to capture their imaginations and encourage curiosity. Our whole school ethos is to encourage children to inquire and ask questions in order to impact on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


Children are taught to think about their own school and personal values and to understand how people of different backgrounds or beliefs may share similar values whilst differing in other values. Questions are constantly being asked of children whilst allowing them to ask their own questions in order to develop their critical thinking, self-belief and self-confidence. Children exhibit their religious education in many ways, from art, creative design, writing and role-play in order to fully immerse children in understanding of a topic.

In order to ensure that we demonstrate a consistent understanding of what age-related expectations looks like in Years 3, 4 and 5 as we build up to the end of Key Stage 2 at Year 6, we have highlighted examples of pupils' work focusing on 'different aspects of the RE curriculum.