Religious Education

At Wellesley Primary we follow the Discovery RE scheme (in accordance with the South Gloucestershire SACRE Syllabus) which is based on an enquiry approach to learning.  Each enquiry is underpinned with a human perspective; this is explored within each child's own experience.  The children's personal resonance with the enquiry forms the link into the world of religion.  Christianity is taught in every year group, alongside one other religion that is recognised in Britain.
We feel the principle aim of Religious Education is to engage the children's thought processes so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate, appraise and respond to questions regarding different faiths and cultures.


At Wellesley Primary School we teach RE through whole school acts of worship which pose questions to stimulate the children's thought processes and curiosity.  In addition to acts of worship the children are taught RE weekly in their year groups; it is a vibrant subject, which is often enriched by resources and other subjects particularly PSHE, music and art.

We have identified the key knowledge and skills for each termly topic, with consideration given to ensuring progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Children revisit key objective ‘sticky knowledge’ quizzes every lesson to ensure their understanding is embedded. These are repeated in subsequent terms to ensure that key learning is retained over time.


We hope the RE curriculum will play a significant role in developing the children's spiritual, moral, cultural and social skills.  The children are supported to engage, investigate, evaluate and express themselves while being respectful, understanding and sensitive to the beliefs of others. Assessment of this subject is through observations of the children during lessons as they role play scenarios, whole class discussions, answers to questions and their written work. 

Read our RE Intent

What makes people special?
What is Christmas?
How do people celebrate?
What is Easter?
What can we learn from stories?
What makes places special?
Year 1

Does God want Christians to look after the world?
What gifts might Christians in my town have given to Jesus if he been born here rather than in Bethlehem?
Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?
Why was Jesus welcomed like a king or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?
Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?
Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children
Year 2

Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?
Why do Christians believe God gave Jesus to the world?
Does praying at regular intervals help a Muslim in his/her everyday life?
How important is it to Christians that Jesus came back to life after his crucifixion?
Does a mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?
Does completing a Hajj make a person a better Muslim?
Year 3

Does joining the Khalsa make a person a better Sikh?
Has Christmas lost its true meaning?
Could Jesus heal people?
What is 'good' about Good Friday?
Do Sikhs think it is important to share?
What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?
Year 4

Is it possible for everyone to be happy?
What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christians today?
Can Buddha's teachings make the world a better place?
Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?
What is the best way for a Buddhist to lead a good life?
Do people need to go to church to show they are Christians?
Year 5

What is the best way for a Hindu to show commitment to God?
Is the Christmas story true?
How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?
How significant is it for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die?
Do beliefs in Karma, Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives?
What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?

Year 6

What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?
Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help Christians understand who Jesus was and why he was born?
Is anything every eternal?
Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was born on Earth?
Does belief in Akhirah (life and death) help Muslims lead good lives? (part 1)
Does belief in Akhirah (life and death) help Muslims lead good lives? (part 2)