The school follows The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools 2017-2022. Through educational research and forums Leaders discuss good practise, Quality First Teaching ensures the children develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, and other principal religions and beliefs represented in Great Britain. The RE curriculum at Cross Farm is organised to support the development of children’s knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and worldviews, practices and ways of life. A progression of knowledge and skills are mapped from Reception to Year 2 to support children’s understanding of religion and faith. The RE curriculum is also designed to support positive attitudes and values, and encourage children to reflect and relate learning to their own experience.
Knowledge and skills are supported by discrete RE lessons, RE days and Marvellous Mondays where coverage is planned to link with key dates and religious festivals to provide opportunities to celebrate festivals and religions with greater consistency and contextual relevance. Work is recorded in topic books, through videos, pictures, Tapestry and creative arts. We join community events such as Carols on the Green at Christmas time organised by our local Reverend. Where possible Cross Farm uses first-hand experiences, including visits to local places of worship and visits from faith communities.
The children acquire a keen sense of enthusiasm as they learn about different cultural and religious backgrounds. They are confident to question the world around them and appreciate the diversity it offers. They learn to explore the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world.