Fonthill Primary Academy

  1. Curriculum
  2. RE

Religious Education


Fonthill Primary Academy is made up of pupils from many cultures. As a school we aim to celebrate this diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our pupils.

RE incorporates Fonthill READS into its approach to the subject:

REMEMBER-children go over key themes through a cyclical approach. This allows children to go over content more than once so they understand.

EXPLAIN-children are encouraged to explain their thinking and to over their own opinions on the key questions.

APPLY and DEVELOP-children apply their learning to the key question and develop their thinking by drawing their own conclusions.

SHARE-we take a full part in our local community. This involves engaging with local places of Christian worship (both hosting and visiting) and engaging with other faiths from across Bristol (e.g. visiting a mosque)

We believe that Religious Education provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of these differences and similarities within our school and the wider world. It is a subject that celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes. 

RE is taught in accordance with the aims of the Agreed Syllabus produced by Bristol SACRE 

We use an enquiry-based approach, through which we develop children’s critical thinking skills, increase their motivation to learn and enhance their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise. 

This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place 

There are 6 units of work per year (across a two year cycle) each based on a key question that requires children to weigh up evidence and reach a conclusion based on that evidence. 

Religious Education is a key opportunity for children to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. In RE lessons, as well as PHSE and Assemblies, children are invited to reflect on their personal responses to issues, consider other people’s responses, and appreciate that for some people belief in a spiritual dimension is important.

As part of our provision for Religious Education, we encourage children to visit places of worship (which is part of the Fonthill 101) from a variety of faiths.

Key Questions











Special People.

What makes people special?

CHRISTIANITY Christmas Story.

What is Christmas?




How do people celebrate?



What is Easter?


Story time.

What can we learn from stories?


Special Places.

What makes a place special?


CHRISTIANITY - What did Jesus teach?

Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?

CHRISTIANITY - Christmas – gift from God

Why did God give Jesus to the world?

ISLAM - Prayer at home

Does praying help a Muslim in everyday life?

CHRISTIANITY – Easter, resurrection

Is it true that Jesus came back to life again?

ISLAM - Community and belonging

Does going to the Mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?

ISLAM - Hajj

Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?


JUDAISM – beliefs and practices

How special is the relationship Jews have with God?


What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christians today

JUDAISM – Passover

How important is it for Jewish people to do what god asks them to do?


Is forgiveness always possible?

JUDAISM – Rites of passage and good works

What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?

CHRISTIANITY – Prayer and worship

Do people need to go to church to show they are Christians?


ISLAM – Beliefs and practices

What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?


How significant is it that Mary was Jesus’ mother?

CHRISTIANITY – Beliefs and meaning

Is anything ever eternal?


Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth?

ISLAM – Beliefs and moral values

Does belief in Akhira (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?



This question requires 2 terms.