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"...I have come in order that you might have life - life in all its fullness."

John 10v10

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Religious Education

At St Oswald’s the vision and aims of RE for our children are to:

  • Inspire life-long engagement with religion and belief so that they can pass on the truth and traditions of faith and other belief systems.

  • Embrace knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views and in doing so explore the meaning of their existence, answer ‘big questions’ and find purpose in their life.

  • Succeed in being informed communicators about religion and belief systems, developing spiritually, morally, socially and culturally so that they can work out how to live a good life and be tolerant of others

Religious Education Intent


The 2020 Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus has been created for Worcestershire SACRE and approved by Worcestershire County Council. It provides a syllabus for Religious Education (RE) for Worcestershire schools including St Oswald’s.

‘The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.’ (Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus, page 7.)


Through the teaching of RE our children will have:


• An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge.

• A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.

• The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion.

• A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.

• Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.

• Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE.

• The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.

• A wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs. 

RE Whole School Overview of Themes

Language Progression in RE