Religious Education (R.E.)



RE is central to the purpose of St James’s Church of England Primary School because as a church school we see that the Christian faith, and learning about others’ faith and beliefs, inform all aspects of our life together.  RE in St James’s Church of England Primary School explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives. It helps all children to develop an understanding of the place that religion plays in people’s lives and how it has influenced history and the growth and development of society. RE enables pupils to know about, understand and respond to the important and ultimate questions of life. RE is taught in such a way that it inspires pupils to explore, develop and affirm their own faith and values and have respect for the faith, beliefs and values of others. It is not the practice of this school to preach to or seek to convert children. Values education permeates the RE curriculum at St James’s Church of England Primary School.



The aims of Religious Education in church schools are:

  • To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.

  • To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions, noon-religious practices and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.

  • To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.



  1. The scheme of work for RE is written to ensure a balance between the Worcester Syllabus for RE and the ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource, ensuring two thirds of the content is Christianity.

  2. The RE curriculum ensures that we provide a challenging and robust curriculum, based on an accurate theological framework that draws on the richness and diversity of religious experience worldwide.

  3. There are clear learning outcomes for all units of work, based on the appropriate expectations as set out in the RE syllabus.

  4. A range of teaching and learning activities will ensure that pupils learn effectively and with interest, ensuring that there is continuity and progression for pupils and opportunities for pupils to deepen their understanding of the religion and world.

  5. Pupil progress and attainment in RE will be tracked by teachers at the end of each unit and recorded and analysed termly by SLT/RE Leaders.

  6. Progress in RE will form part of the pupils’ annual report to parents.

  7. RE will be taught as a discrete subject but we will endeavour to establish meaningful links with the other subjects of the curriculum. Our RE curriculum makes a positive contribution to SMSC development.

  8. Visits to places of worship are planned to support learning in RE.

  9. Dedicated RE will be given at no less than 5% of the curriculum time.



1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals.

  • Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews.

  • Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.


2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities.

  • Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues.

  • Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.


3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively.

  • Enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all.

  • Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.


Judgements are made against a series of ‘I can …’ statements before an end of unit assessment is made and recorded on the school’s system.

Please see our RE Policy for more information about our RE curriculum, including the right to withdraw. Click here to visit our policies website page.