Religious Education

Religious Education

In the RE department, we think RE stands for 'really engaging' as Religious Education creates opportunities for personal reflection as well as deepening knowledge and understanding of the world around us. It allows the development of key skills such as analysis, evaluation and empathy.

Religious Education contributes to pupils’ education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human? In RE pupils learn about religious and non-religious world views in order to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. 

Pupils will learn to interpret, analyse, evaluate and critically respond to the claims that religious and non-religious world views make. Pupils will learn to express their insights and to agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching therefore should equip pupils with knowledge and understanding of what is meant by the terms “religion” and “world view” as well as knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious world views

RE offers opportunities for personal reflection and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) as it encourages them to examine the significance of their learning in relation to themselves and others. It enables pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or not), ideas, feelings, experiences and values in the light of what they learn. RE encourages empathy and respect. It enables pupils to develop their own sense of identity and belonging. It also promotes respect for the right of others to hold different beliefs, values and ideas. 

RE enables positive participation in our society with its diverse religious and non-religious world views. RE gives pupils an informed understanding of political, social and moral issues that they will need to face as they grow up in an increasingly globalised world. It helps them deal positively with controversial issues, to manage strongly held differences of belief and to challenge stereotypes and prejudice.

Curriculum information:

Key Stage Three

Learning outcomes














Assessment Outcomes


Each unit is designed as an enquiry question. Enquiry Based Learning is a process which actively engages pupils in their learning.

It enables them to develop skills as they investigate issues surrounding religion and beliefs.

Some examples of enquiry questions are: What is religion? Why do some people believe in God? Why do people suffer? What do Sikhs believe about the nature of God? What does it mean to life as a Muslim in Britain today? 

In key stage three, the three major world religions studied are Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. 


Assessment is important in RE for pupils to:

● Make progress in knowing about and evaluating the beliefs and practices of a range of religious and non-religious worldviews

● Know and understand the progress they are making in RE

● Know and understand what they need to do to make further progress

● Are challenged by the enquiries, activities and tasks in which they are engaged

● Achieve standards which match their expected capabilities.

At the end of every lesson, pupils self-assess to identify what new learning has taken place for them during the lesson. 

Three times per year, pupils complete an assessment to demonstrate they understand the topics studied. This also allows the teacher to address any misconceptions. Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of religion and critical thinking skills. 

Year 7 topics covered

● Why do some people believe in God?

● Is there any evidence of God’s existence?

● What does incarnation and resurrection matter for Christians today?

● What do Muslims believe?

● What do Sikhs believe about the nature of God?

● What makes a healthy relationship?

Year 8 topic covered

● What does it mean to live as a Muslim in Britain today?

● What does it mean to live as a Sikh in Britain today?

● What is Prejudice and Discrimination?

● How important is marriage?


Key Stage Four 


Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. At Key Stage 4 in Teesdale School, we are able to cover PSHE and SRE and RE during drop-down sessions and assemblies so that all statutory guidelines are met.

We believe that it is important to tailor our PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils, we use our PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

Topics covered

  • Positivity and resilience
  • Multi faith society
  • Social justice
  • Safe relationships
  • Stress management
  • Substance misuse
  • Moral dilemmas
  • Self esteem
  • Euthanasia
  • Abortion
  • Knife crime
  • Animal Rights
  • LGBTQ rights and understanding
  • Racism
  • Age discrimination
  • Ethical consumerism
  • Consent
  • Forced marriage
  • Belief in God


I like RE because it is fun and informative at the same time... I’ve realised that the dark ages were not so dark after all!
Year 7 student
RE makes me rethink what I thought I knew about different cultures.
Year 9 student