Religious Education

RE is taught discretely throughout the school year. Each of the 6 terms has 2 full RE days where key questions are used to help our pupils explore what people believe and how this impacts on their lives. We follow the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus (2017-2022). A list of the key questions can be found below:


Year 3

‘What is it like for someone to follow God?’

‘What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?’

‘How do festivals and worship show what matters to Muslims?’

‘How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people?’

‘How and why do people mark the significant events of life?’

‘How and why do people try to make the world a better place?’


Year 4

‘What  do Christians learn from the creation story?’

‘What is the trinity? Why is it important to Christians?’

‘What kind of world did Jesus want??’

‘Why do Christians call the day that Jesus dies Good Friday?’

‘For Christians, what was the impact of Pentecost?’

‘What do believers believe God is like?’


Year 5

‘Creation and Science: Conflicting or complimentary?’

‘Why do Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah’

‘What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?’

‘Why is the Torah so important to Jewish people?’

‘What matters most to Humanists and Christians?’

‘Why do some people believe in God and some people not?’


Year 6

‘What does it mean if Christians believe God is holy and loving?’

‘How do Christians decide how to live? ‘What would Jesus do?’

‘What do Christians believe Jesus did to ‘save’ people?’

‘For Christians, what kind of king is Jesus?’

‘Why do Hindus want to be good?’

‘How does faith help people when life gets hard?’


Through our teaching of RE we aim to:

  • stimulate pupils curiosity, interest and enjoyment in R.E, developing a sense of awe and wonder about the world;
  • encourage a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards R.E;
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices in the main area of Christianity, some aspects of Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and other principal religions represented in the UK;
  • appreciate the religious and moral perspective on questions, issues and concerns and human experience, the world and aspects of religion;
  • make informed judgments and develop beliefs, values and patterns of behaviour which will further meaning of purpose to life;
  • respond personally and express their responses in a variety of ways to religious and moral questions;
  • enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative and independence, also care, concern and responsibility for living things and the natural world;
  • encourage respect and empathy for other peoples’ views;
  • develop knowledge and understanding of right and wrong;
  • promote racial and cultural harmony;
  • develop pupil understanding of charities and good causes.


Through RE we can also:

  • Improve pupils’ skills in writing, mathematics and computing
  • Develop pupils’ thinking skills
  • Promote pupils’ awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues
  • Develop pupils as active citizens


The legal position of Religious Education (RE)

Every pupil has an entitlement to RE education as part of the “broad and balanced” curriculum. The Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus reflects the religions of Great Britain today, the main being Christian. At Tredworth, we aim to make all our RE lessons; open, broad and we explore a range of religious and non-religious worldviews. However, parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons or any part of the RE curriculum.