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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust

Religious Education

Curriculum RE

'All knowledge is sterile which does not lead to action and end in charity.'
 (Cardinal Desire Joseph Mercier)

Our curriculum is a knowledge-based curriculum that enables the children to learn the teachings of the Catholic Church whilst also allowing them to base their knowledge and understanding on their own life experiences, and gain an understanding of other faiths and beliefs.


Religious education in each class is based upon the Diocesan supported programme, ‘Come and See’. We support parents through our sex education programme which is approved by the Diocese, and books and other materials are freely available for parents to help them in this task as part of the personal and social education of children.

We also teach our children about other faiths because we live in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic world and we value the contributions these groups make to our society. We strongly believe in the tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Oscar Romero Quote: “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”


RE is a core subject of the curriculum and all children will study RE for 2hrs 15 mins per week in Key Stage 1 and Reception.  Collective worship is in addition to this. The curriculum hours in RE are non-negotiable and will be followed by all staff in the school.  Fixed timetables will be set before the academic year and monitored by the Senior Leadership Team of the school.

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We follow the 'Come and See',  schemes of work which is a programme that has been developed to respond to the needs of primary children in their faith journey. It integrates the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the new Religious Education Curriculum Directory. 

The following strategies and aims underpin the effective delivery of religious education:

  • Religious Education will be taught discretely and developmentally.
  • It will include the deepening of knowledge, and understanding of key theological ideas and their application.
  • Ample opportunities will be offered for children to apply and use their knowledge and understanding in cross-curricular studies.
  • opportunities to engage with their own and others' beliefs as this will develop positive attitudes and dispositions.
  • opportunities to develop a sense of self-worth through their experiences of belonging to a caring community and an awareness of the demands of religious commitment to everyday life.


  • 'The outcome of excellent religious education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have knowledge, understanding and skills-appropriate to their age and capacity -to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment to everyday life'.

                      Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools 2012

    We assess impact through pupil voice, evidence in books and regular formal assessments.

26th March 2024:    We had an RE day to celebrate Holy Week



 All Saints

(1 November)

We celebrate the lives of special and ordinary people who have responded to God’s invitation to love.

The commemoration of all the faithful departed (All Souls)

(2 November)

Today and throughout the rest of November we pray for those who have died.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Our lord jesus Christ, universal King

(20 November)


(Begins 30 November)

Advent means ‘coming’. We think of the coming of Jesus when he was born but we also think of his promise that he would come again at the end of time. It is a time of waiting and preparing. It is only in the last week of Advent that we focus upon the events to be celebrated at Christmas.

The Immaculate Conception of the blessed virgin mary

(8 December)

This feast marks the first stage of the existence of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

She was ‘full of grace’ from the very beginning and

co-operated with God throughout her life.

Christmas Day, The nativity of the lord

(25 December)

On this day we begin our celebration of the birth of Christ.

The holy family of jesus, mary and joseph

(30 December)