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Church of England Primary School

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Religious Education

At St. John’s we want our children to flourish academically, emotionally and spiritually. Religious Education (R.E.) is a core part of our broad and balanced curriculum which we believe gives children skills and knowledge that will help them to flourish, becoming religiously literate and able to respect the religious beliefs and worldviews of others.
Our enquiry based R.E. curriculum provides pupils with opportunities to learn about Christianity and the major world faiths by answering a big question each term. This learning deepens their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. 
R.E. educates our pupils so that, by the time they leave St. John’s, they are respectful and open-minded towards different faiths, beliefs and worldviews, whilst also developing their own sense of identity and belonging.
At St. John’s, we have a wide background of beliefs, languages spoken and socio-economic diversity. Our R.E. curriculum acknowledges this diversity by allowing children to discuss different faiths and worldviews, extend their vocabulary through the exploration of faiths, express and question difference whilst understanding that some questions are difficult to answer and that children need their own beliefs to help with this.
Through the Kent Agreed Syllabus underpinned by the Understanding Christianity resource materials, by the time the pupils leave St. John’s for secondary school, they will
•    know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs and concepts using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
•    gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.
•    engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
•    recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.
•    explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways of living, believing and thinking.

Religious Education Curriculum Map












CREATION: Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians?


INCARNATION: Why do Christians perform Nativity plays at Christmas?

Which stories are special and why?

Old Testament


SALVATION: Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?


What can we learn from New Testament stories?


What stories are told by and about people of different faiths and beliefs?

Year 1

GOD: What do Christians believe God is like?


INCARNATION: Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

GOSPEL: What is the good news that Jesus brings?


SALVATION: Why does Easter matter to Christians?

JUDAISM: Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

Year 2

CREATION: Who made the world?


INCARNATION: Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

GOSPEL: What is the good news that Jesus brings?


SALVATION: Why does Easter matter to Christians?

ISLAM: Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?

Year 3

PEOPLE OF GOD: What is it like to follow God?


SIKHISM: What is important for Sikh people?

INCARNATION: What is the Trinity?


SALVATION: Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

KINGDOM OF GOD: When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?


SIKHISM: How do Sikh people worship and celebrate?

Year 4


CREATION: What do Christians learn from the Creation story?


INCARNATION: What is the Trinity?

GOSPEL: What kind of a world did Jesus want?


SALVATION: Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

HINDUISM: What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?


Why do some people think that life is a journey and what significant experiences mark this? 

Year 5


GOD: What does it mean if God is loving and holy?


INCARNATIONWas Jesus the Messiah? 


PEOPLE OF GOD: How can following god bring freedom and justice?


SALVATION: What did Jesus do to save human beings?

JUDAISM: What does it mean to be Jewish in Britain today?


ISLAM: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?


Year 6


CREATION: Creation and science: conflicting or complementary?  In the wider context of ‘Big Questions’


GOSPEL: What would Jesus do?


ISLAM: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?


SALVATION: What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?

KINGDOM OF GOD: What kind of King is Jesus?