At Chilwell Croft Academy all pupils are entitled to receive Religious Education as a part of the broad and balanced curriculum.

Religious Education is important because we believe that everyone should be valued and our cultural diversities and differences should be celebrated to enable our community and faith to become stronger. It also helps us to raise our spiritual awareness and promotes our social, moral spiritual and cultural development.

At Chilwell Croft Academy we feel that it is paramount that the children have the opportunity to  lead lessons through their own experiences and ideas to be able to enjoy and achieve. We use the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus, planning our work through the 24 dispositions. These enable the children to learn about religious traditions through: looking at beliefs, teachings and artefacts; thinking about practices and ways of life and forms of expression. They also learn from faith through: thinking about identity and belonging; meaning, purpose and truth and values and commitments.

These 24 dispositions are covered every two years across years 1-2, years 3-4 and years 5-6.

Here is an example of the two year coverage of the 24 dispositions across years 1 and 2.

Year 1 Year 2
Autumn 1 Being Curious and Valuing Knowledge

* Why is ‘why’ important?

* What do we need to know?

* How do Christians learn about God?

Remembering Roots

* How do you remember special people, places and events?

*Which special person or event do Muslims remember?

Living by Rules

* Could we live without rules?

*Who makes the rules?

*What rules has God made?

·         Caring for others, Animals and the Environment

* How wonderful is our world?

*What would it be like if no one cared for our world or us?

*How does God care for me?

Autumn 2 Being Thankful

* When and why do we say “Thank you”?

* What does the Christian Harvest celebration mean?

* Do you know a “Thank you” prayer?

Being Courageous and Confident

* What is courage?

* How does David in Christianity show courage?


Being Merciful & Forgiving

*How big is your love?

* How big is God’s love?

Being silent and Attentive to, and Cultivating a Sense for, the Sacred and Transcendence

* What is it like when you are really quiet?

* What is it like to be quiet in a place of worship?

* Visit to a place of worship at a quiet time – what is it like?

Spring 1 Being modest & listening to others

* Why should we listen to others?

* What does a story from Christianity teach us about listening?

* What does Islam teach us about listening?

Being Loyal and Steadfast

* What makes a good friend?

* What sort of a friend was Jesus?

* What sort of friend was Peter?

Creating unity and harmony

* How are you both different from and also the same as everyone else?

* What does the Christian story of the Good Samaritan teach about getting on with each other?

* What do religions teach about getting on with each other?

Being Temperate, Exercising Self-Discipline and Cultivating Serene Contentment

* What influences my behaviour?

* What behaviour choices do I make?

* What does Islam teach about being peaceful?

Spring 2 Being fair and just

* Does it matter if people are not fair?

* Who decides what is fair? Is it God?

Cultivating inclusion, identity and belonging

* How do you know you belong?

* What do Christians do when a baby is born?

* What do Muslims do when a baby is born?

Being Imaginative and Explorative

* What do you see in your mind?

* How do Christians imagine God to be?

Sharing and being generous

* What influences my behaviour?

* What can we learn from the very first Christmas presents?

* Are you rich enough to share?

Summer 1 Expressing Joy

* What makes us happy and how do we share it?

* Why were the angels happy when they told the shepherds about the baby Jesus’ birth?

* Why were the Shepherds joyful at Jesus’ birth?

Being Open, Honest and Truthful

* Why does the truth matter?

* Do believers ever lie?

Appreciating Beauty

* How does ‘this’ make you feel?

* Why is the natural world special to the Christians

Being Regardful of Suffering

* What hurts you?

* How did Jesus make people better?

* How do Muslims try to make things better?


Summer 2 Being accountable and living with integrity

* Can others depend on you?

* Can you let yourself down?

* How in Christianity do believers say sorry to God?

Being Hopeful and Visionary

* What do you hope for the future?

* To what do the Muslims look forward?


Being Reflective and Self-critical

* How could you be perfect?

* How did encountering Jesus change others?

* How do Christians help people to change for the better?

Participating and Willing to lead

* What is good about taking part?

* What does Islam teach about ‘working together’?