Religious Education

RE is like an iceberg. As you unpack ideas, you come to understand deeper meaning.”


At Charlton, RE teaching is built around human development. This includes the academic, personal, spiritual, moral, cultural, aesthetic and physical development of individuals and their interpersonal development in society. The aim of Religious Education at Charlton is to equip our pupils so that they are able to meet the challenges and opportunities of life and to help them grow as citizens of their locality, nation and world.


RE is provided in accordance with the Oxfordshire Diocese Agreed Syllabus and draws from the most recent practice and educational thinking. RE is taught through an enquiry-based approach and is designed around the use of ‘Big Questions’. Each topic begins with a ‘big question’, which is referred to throughout the sequence of learning.


Our RE curriculum comprises of three distinct areas of learning. The initial learning always begins by allowing pupils the opportunity to share their own personal experiences and their personal understanding of the topic, sharing how it is significant to them and exploring and comparing their experience with that of others. This is followed by the opportunity to learn about religious experiences and concepts. During this time, pupils will find out about specific religions and religious experiences and concepts and the feelings that may arise from them for believers. Pupils will be encouraged to consider the religious experiences and concepts and their importance to believers and how these make a difference to how people live. The final area of learning is where pupils have the opportunity to learn from religions. During this time, pupils reflect on what they can learn from others and how it can be applied to their own lives.

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