The RE Curriculum

Our RE programme is based upon the core resources recommended by the Diocese. We also use the Diocesan recommended materials for the teaching of Education in Personal Relationships (EPR).

We recognise that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children, particularly in the handing on of the faith. As a school, we are here to work alongside the parents to give their children a rich and deep understanding of faith and Catholicism.

Our aims in the teaching of RE are:

  • To give the children a deep knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith.
  • To encourage investigation and reflection by the children so that they can recognise the contribution it makes to their lives.
  • To give the children a deep understanding of the beliefs of others and to treat them with respect and tolerance.
  • To develop the skills the children need to be able to make decisions about faith values and life styles.
  • To give the children a deep knowledge and understanding of the Sacraments.
  • To encourage prayer and realise the importance of prayer.

The table below shows a summary of the RE topics each class will cover throughout the academic year.

AutumnDomestic ChurchJudaismBaptism/ConfirmationAdvent/Christmas
(4 weeks)(1 week)(4 weeks)(4 weeks)
Early Years - Myself - God knows and loves each oneEarly Years - HannukkahEarly Years - welcome - Baptism: a welcome to God’s familyEarly Years - birthday - Looking forward to Jesus’ birthday
Year 1 - Families - God’s love and care for every familyYear 1 - Abraham and MosesYear 1 - belonging - Baptism: an invitation to belong to God’s familyYear 1 - waiting - Advent: a time to look forward to Christmas
Year 2 - Beginnings - God is present in every beginningYear 2 - ShabbatYear 2 - signs and symbols - Signs and symbols in BaptismYear 2 - preparations - Advent: preparing to celebrate Christmas
Year 3 - Homes - God’s vision for every familyYear 3 - SynagogueYear 3 - promises - Promises made at BaptismYear 3 - visitors - waiting for the coming of Jesus
Year 4 - People - The family of God in ScriptureYear 4 - TorahYear 4 - called - Confirmation: a call to witnessYear 4 - gift - God’s gift of love and friendship in Jesus
Year 5 - Ourselves - Created in the image and likeness of GodYear 5 - PassoverYear 5 - LIFE CHOICES - Marriage, commitment and serviceYear 5 - hope - Advent: waiting in the joyful hope for Jesus, the promised one
Year 6 - Loving - God who never stops loving Year 6 - Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur Year 6 - vocation and commitment - The vocation of priesthood and religious lifeYear 6 - expectations - Jesus born to show God to the world
SpringLocal ChurchEucharistIslamLent/Easter
(4 weeks)(4 weeks)(1 week)(4 weeks)
Early Years - CELEbrating - People celebrate in ChurchEarly Years - gathering - Parish family gathers to celebrate EucharistEarly Years - Special days/ Ritual objectsEarly Year - growing - Looking forward to Easter
Year 1 - special people - People in the parish familyYear 1 - meals - Mass, Jesus’ special mealYear 1 - StoriesYear 1 - change - Lent: a time for change
Year 2 - Books - The books used in ChurchYear 2 - thanksgiving - Mass, a special time to thank GodYear 2 - Prayer/homeYear 2 - opportunities - Lent: an opportunity to start anew
Year 3 - Journeys - Christian family’s journey with ChristYear 3 - listening & Sharing - Jesus gives himself to usYear 3 - Places for worshipYear 3 - giving all - Lent: remembering Jesus’ total giving
Year 4 - Community - Life in the local Christian community and ministries in the parishYear 4 - giving & receiving - Living in communionYear 4 - Holy BooksYear 4 - self discipline - Celebrating growth to new life
Year 5 - mission - Continuing Jesus’ mission in diocese (ecumenism)Year 5 - memorial Sacrifice - Eucharist as the living memorial of Christ’s sacrificeYear 5 - Beliefs and festivalsYear 5 - sacrifice - Lent: aligning with the sacrifice made by Jesus
Year 6 - sources - the Bible, the special book for the ChurchYear 6 - unity - Eucharist enabling people to live in communionYear 6 - Belonging & ValuesYear 6 - death & new life - Celebrating Jesus’ death & resurrection
SummerPentecostReconciliation/Anointing of the sickUniversal Church
(4 weeks)(4 weeks)(4 weeks)
Early Years - GOOD NEWS - Passing on the Good News of JesusEarly Years - FRIENDS - Friends of JesusEarly Years - OUR WORLD - God’s wonderful world
Year 1 - Holidays and Holydays - Pentecost: feast of the Holy SpiritYear 1 - BEING SORRY - God helps us choose wellYear 1 - NEIGHBOURS - Neighbours share God’s world
Year 2 - spread the word - Pentecost: a time to spread the Good NewsYear 2 - RULES - Reasons for rules in the Christian familyYear 2 - TREASURES - God’s treasure; the world
Year 3 - ENERGY - Gifts of the Holy SpiritYear 3 - CHOICES - Importance of examination of conscienceYear 3 - SPECIAL PLACES - Holy places for Jesus and the Christian community
Year 4 - NEW LIFE - To hear and live the Easter messageYear 4 - BUILDING BRIDGES - Admitting wrong, being reconciled with God and each otherYear 4 - GOD’S PEOPLE - Different saints show people what God is like
Year 5 - TRANSFORMATION - Celebration of the Spirit’s transforming powerYear 5 - FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY Commandments enable Christians to be free & responsibleYear 5 - STEWARDSHIP - The Church is called to the stewardship of Creation
Year 6 - WITNESSES - The Holy Spirit enables people to become witnessesYear 6 - HEALING - Sacrament of the SickYear 6 - COMMON GOOD - Work of the worldwide Christian family