Religious Education

Essential Characteristics of religiously literate pupils

  • An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge.
  • A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning of the significance of existence.
  • The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion.
  • A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.
  • Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE.
  • The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.
  • A wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs.

©Chris Quigley Education Ltd

It is a legal requirement for pupils to have opportunities to learn about the principal religions in the UK. All pupils are therefore entitled to receive Religious Education (RE) and it forms part of the spiritual, moral and cultural education in the school.

RE is a core subject at Great and Little Shelford. Between 5-10% of the timetabled subjects will be dedicated to RE lessons. We follow and tailor a programme called 'Understanding Christianity' to deliver two thirds of our RE teaching, with the other third dedicated to learning about other faiths. 

Pupils are encouraged to develop their own questions as well as grapple with ‘big questions’ learn from and about religion. Three main elements are explored in Understanding Christianity topics: making sense of the text; making connections; understanding the impact.

Pentecost Celebrations - 7th June 2019
  • Pupils and staff came dressed in flame colours to represent the tongues of fire that descended and rested on the disciples. 
  • The whole school gathered for our Pentecost Service in the hall. We shared the gifts of the spirit and prayed for inspiration from Him. 
  • Pupils from Year 1 to Year 4 enjoyed Pentecost Workshops in St. Mary's Church with Victoria Goodman, from Church Schools of Cambridge. 
RE Day - 18th December: Prayer 
  • GenR8 developed stunning prayer spaces in St. Mary's Church for us to visit and experience a variety of ways to pray. 
  • Classes shared a variety of prayer-related activities throughout the day. 
  • Mr. Grey led Godly Play with Y3 and Y4 around the parable of The Lost Son, with pupils selecting how to respond to the themes in the story. 
  • Y5 and Y6 experienced Praying in Colour and Silent Prayer workshops with Mr. Grey. 
December 18th R.E. Day Creating Character: Respect, Resilience and Responsibility
The whole school met for collective worship. There was plenty of time to reflect during the day in a class workshop with John Hardwick and in the beautiful 'Inspire Prayer Space'. 
'My favourite part of the day was when we went to the Prayer Space because it was very calm and fun.'
'I enjoyed it when John juggled and when we learned about the poem.'
'I learned some things that I didn't know, like that everyone is as important as everybody else.'
'I learned what resilience meant'. 
'I enjoyed it because of the Prayer Space. It was very relaxing and more than I could ever imagine. I hope that next year we will have an R.E. day just as good!.
Exploring and talking about creation Year 1
Creation; 'Our wonderful world' 
Year 3 found a rainbow of colours in the school grounds to stick to their 'paint palettes'.
Reception Class have been learning what it means to belong to a group.
2019 RE Policy: