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Religious Education (RE)


Religious Education (RE) is a brilliant way for the children here at Cholsey to explore a range of different life experiences, to recognise how these experiences shape people’s beliefs and to reflect upon their own experiences.  

RE offers children a vital insight into ways of life they may not otherwise encounter.  This provides them with the knowledge, compassion and understanding to be able to engage with people from other walks of life. 


Our RE framework is based around Big Questions set out in the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. These questions allow pupils to deeply explore a range of faiths. To ensure that the learning focus is suitable there are two sets of Big Questions, one for KS1 and another for KS2.

The KS1 Big Questions can be found here.

The KS2 Big Questions can be found here.

The Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus can be found here


RE in Foundation Stage

In Foundation Stage the focus of RE is to encourage the children to begin to explore some of the following topics:

These are explored during cross-curricular activities; some of these take the form of planned opportunities (such a exploring religious celebrations) and others unplanned (discussion and pupil initiated learning). The following areas can provide a great way for RE to be explored. 

  • the home corner
  • dressing up boxes
  • interest areas
  • artefacts;
  • story books
  • jigsaws
  • object trays
  • dolls
  • painting and drawing

RE in Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 children will begin to enquire into experience and feelings in RE using the Big Questions to focus their learning. They will explore Christianity and at least one other principle religion from Islam, Hinduism or Judaism. They will also explore non-religious worldviews.

RE lessons can take a number of forms and may include:

RE in Key Stage 2

Throughout Key Stage 2 children will begin to delve into conceptual enquiry into Christianity and other faiths from Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam as well as non-religious world views. They will begin to recognise the impact of religions and belief locally, nationally and globally.