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Religious Education

Religious Education Curriculum Statement

In RE we intend our curriculum will allow the staff and pupils to:


Brave - Be brave enough to ask difficult questions and express thoughts through I wonder questions.

Legacy - Explore the legacy and impact of religious texts and beliefs on individuals, communities, and the world.

Universal -Know that everyone of all faiths and no faith should be respected and feel accepted.

Excellence - Value ourselves and others and our beliefs, work hard and take pride in our work

Spiritual - Take time to develop our beliefs and understand other people’s beliefs to develop ourselves as spiritual beings.



Engage and enquire - Children will engage with the key concept being taught and relate it to their own and other people’s experiences. Have an enquiry base to all learning. Each unit asks a big question that the children will explore in different ways. Children are also encouraged to ask their own questions

Explore and make sense - of religious stories, texts and religious beliefs.

Explore and understand the impact - for the believer, examining ways in which people respond to religious texts and teachings, and how they live their beliefs and put their beliefs into action indifferent communities and in the world.

Explore and make connections - evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the texts and concepts studied, and discerning possible connections between these and pupils own lives and ways of understanding the world.

Evaluate and review - pupils and teachers understanding learning in a variety of ways, including revisiting the topic page, key vocabulary exploration and assessment, review activities, using the quotes questions and reflections book, revisiting the key question and at the end of the unit revisiting the LSA (low stakes assessment).

Express and reflect - what they have learned and understood in a variety of ways. Ask questions to develop their understanding. Reflect on the impact for them.


Youthful -Explore lessons and learning about religion with interest and wonder. Exploring ideas and being keen to find out more about ourselves and others.


Golden threads by age



Engage and enquire

EYFS  I can talk about something interesting in a story or in the world around me

Years 1 and 2 I can talk about the meaning in a story, including a religious story, and about any questions it raises

Years 3 and 4 I can ask important questions about life and compare ideas with those of other people, including people of faith

Years 5 and 6 I can ask questions about the meaning and purpose of life, and suggest answers of my own and one a religious believer might give. I can compare my own ideas with those of others including a religious believer

Explore and make sense

EYFS I can remember something that happens in a faith story

Years 1 and 2 I can tell a faith story and say why it might be important to a believer

Years 3 and 4 I can describe what believers might learn from a religious story about God or living

Years 5 and 6 I can explain some key beliefs / teachings of a religious group, linking these to texts and saying what they tell believers about God or how to live their lives

Explore and understand the impact 

EYFS I can recognise something a person is doing because of their religion e.g. praying

Years 1 and 2 I can talk about something religious people do together as part of their worship in a religious building

Years 3 and 4 I can describe some things religious people do as part of their faith that are the same and some that are different

Years 5 and 6 I can use a wide religious vocabulary to compare the practices and ways of life in different faiths or denominations

Explore and make connections

EYFS  I can talk about things that happen to me

Years 1 and 2 I can ask respectfully about what happens in groups my friends or others belong to, including a faith group

Years 3 and 4 I can compare some things that influence me with those that influence other people, including religious believers

Years 5 and 6 I explore and ask about the diverse groups people belong to in society, as a result of heritage, choices or beliefs, and the challenges of a particular religious identity


Evaluate and review

EYFS I can talk about what is important or special to me

Years 1 and 2 I can talk about what is important to others, including religious believers, and ask respectfully about why

Years 3 and 4 I can link things that I, and others, value, with the way we choose to think and behave

Years 5 and 6 I can discuss some of the benefits and problems of holding strong values and commitments, including those of a religious or non-religious nature

Express and reflect 

EYFS I can recognise an object, picture or word that is important to a religious person and explain what it means to me.

Years 1 and 2 I can say what a religious symbol stands for, or what some art, music or words are about for a believer or me

Years 3 and 4 I can describe some different ways people show their beliefs using religious words, art or symbols and what that means to me

Years 5 and 6 I can express religious beliefs, ideas or feelings in the kind of style used by believers and explain what I am trying to convey


What do pupils learn about world faiths and views at St Barnabas Primary?

Explore the overviews and documents below to find out more about what our pupils learn. These are ordered by faith or world view not year group. Year groups are indicated in the overview. We hope this will give a good understanding of the progression of the children during their time at our school. 


Year 4 unit page


Spring 2 Salvation