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27th October 20
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Religious education (R.E.) is a key part of our curriculum and it underpins our Christian vision, "Let us love, not in word but in truth and action."  As a voluntary aided school within the Diocese of Blackburn, we follow their syllabus, which was revised in 2013.  The R.E. curriculum is divided into two sections:

  • Attainment Target 1 – Learning about religion
  • Attainment Target 2 – Learning from religion

Teachers devote a minimum of 1 hour per week to RE lessons with further elements of R.E. delivered through collective worship. 

Christianity plays a central role in R.E. taking up approximately 80% of the time available (as agreed by the Governing Board). The rest of the time (20%) is devoted to appropriate teaching about other faiths and world views.  The scheme allows children to develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of religion, as well as encouraging them to think, explore, reflect and respond to big questions about the meaning and purpose of life.  Through studying the Bible and focusing on our Christian values, we aim to live our lives as Jesus would like.

As part of our creative approach, some R.E. lessons are taught in a creative way with the use of art, music, dance and drama.  Some topics have R.E. as a central theme and others include R.E. within the topic.  Where R.E. doesn’t fit within a creative topic, it is taught as a discrete subject.

Parental rights of withdrawal

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and should approach the Headteacher if this is their wish.  However, the teachings of the Gospel enter all aspects of the school. As a result, withdrawal of pupils from formal religious education or worship would not isolate them from the Anglican religious teaching which the school gives.

R.E. Units 2020-2021 (including 1 unit on non-Christian faith)










Autumn 1



I am Special




Non-Christian Faith Unit



Non-Christian Faith Unit

3.6 Harvest 

4.3 Jesus - Son of God

5.5 Exploring the lives of significant women in the Old Testament 

6.1 Life as a journey and pilgrimage

Autumn 2

1.3 Christmas 

2.7 Christmas: the journey to Bethlehem

3.2 Christmas. God with us

4.2 Christmas – Exploring the Symbolism of Light

5.7 Christmas around the world

6.2 How do we prepare for Christmas?

Spring 1


Stories Jesus Heard


Stories Jesus Told



1.2 God and creation

2.1 The Bible. Why is it such a special book?


Non-Christian Faith Unit

4.6 What is Prayer? (with focus on the Lord’s Prayer)

5.1 How and why do Christians read the Bible?

6.7 People of Faith

Spring 2

1.5 Easter new life

2.4 Easter. How do symbols help us to understand the story?

3.4 Exploring the sadness and joy of Easter

4.4 Exploring Easter as a story of betrayal and trust

5.4 Why do Christians believe that Easter is a celebration of Victory?

6.4 Who was Jesus? Who is Jesus?

Summer 1


Special Places


Special Times


1.4 Jesus was special 

2.6 Ascension and Pentecost

3.3 Jesus the man who changed lives


Non-Christian Faith Unit


Non-Christian Faith Unit

6.5 Ascension and Pentecost – in what ways do these events and beliefs make Christianity distinctive?

Summer 2

1.7 Why is baptism special?

2.5 Why is the church a special place?

3.5 Which rules should we follow?

4.5 Are all Churches the Same?

5.8 Daniel – did he make the right choice? 

Christianity around the world