Religious Education

The principle aim of Religious Education is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions as well as develop responses of their own. 

At Wellesley, we do this through a daily act of worship which poses inquiring questions to stimulate the children's thought processes.  RE is a vibrant subject, which is often enriched by artefacts and other subjects particularly art, music and PSHE.  We believe it can support our whole school ethos of care and respect as well as valuing others.

The teaching of RE always starts with a question for the children to explore.  The questions are taken from one of three strands, which are:

Believing - based on the religious beliefs, teachings and sources.  These questions focus on meaning, purpose and truth.

Expressing - based on religious and spiritual forms of expression.  These questions are about identify and diversity.

Living - based on religious practices and ways and living.  These questions are about values and commitments.

Year 1

What does it mean to belong to a faith community?
How & Why do we celebrate special times?
Who is a Christian & what do they believe?
What makes some places sacred?

Year 2

How should we care for others & the world?
How & Why do we celebrate special times? (Different festival to Year 1)
Who is a Muslim & what do they believe?
How can we learn from sacred books?

Year 3

What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today?
What do different people believe about God? (Christian focus &/or Hindus & Muslims)
Why are festivals important to religious communities?
Why do we pray?
Why is the Bible so important for Christians today?

Year 4

What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?
What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right & wrong?
Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?
Why are festivals important to religious communities?
Why do some people think that life is like a journey & what significant experiences mark this?

Year 5

Why do some people think God exists?
If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?
What would Jesus do? (Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st Century?)
What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

Year 6

Is it better to express your beliefs in arts & architecture or in charity & generosity?
What difference does it make to believe in ahimsa, grace and/or Ummah?
What matters most to Christians & Humanists?
What do religions say to us when life gets hard?