Religious Education


Religious Education (R.E.) at Cranborne is taught following The Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus, which states that:

"Religious Education has an important role to play in preparing pupils for adult life. It encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to develop individually, within their communities, as members of a diverse society and as global citizens."

It is not about telling pupils what religious views they should have but rather to assist them in gaining shared human understanding, developing personal identity and searching for meaning in the context of evaluating different viewpoints.


At Cranborne, we teach the children:

  • About the principal religions of the world, their beliefs, values and traditions.
  • To reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
  • How to express their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way.
  • To make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues.
  • How to express their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way.
  • To recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within an ethnically and socially diverse society.

We do this through a range of topics across the academic year and across all phases of the school.

Our teachers find the most creative and stimulating ways to teach RE, in order for the children to become engaged and motivated learners - this could be through discussions and shared thinking sessions, artwork, listening to visitors  or visiting places with Religious meaning in and around the local community.

We celebrate key festivals through the year including Harvest a whole school. When our celebration assembly is led each year by the local vicar.


At Cranborne we follow a yearly topic map - which enables the children to build on their prior knowledge and learning. The classes are grouped into Reception, Key Stage 1 (yrs 1 & 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (years 3 & 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (years 5 & 6). Within the topic map you will see some repetition of topic names, the content in these will differ between the year groups to enable the learning and knowledge to be deepened.

EYFS examples of work

In The Early Years they have recently looked at Harvest. As part of this they made soup to share and talked about how we need to look after those that are less fortunate than ourselves.

They are going to be looking at Diwali in the next few weeks.

Key Stage 1 examples of work

In Key Stage 1 the children look at a variety of topics - often linked to a theme  themes, viewpoints and ideas from Religion around the world.

Key Stage 2 examples of work

In Key Stage 2 the work builds upon the skills developed in Key Stage 1.

See below for some work examples.