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St John's CofE Primary School

Nurturing potential within a Christian ethos

Religious Education

‘Nurturing potential within a Christian ethos.’  Together we will work to enable all our children to achieve their full potential within our Christian family. Through the teachings and examples of Jesus, we nurture individuality - providing challenge, developing self-esteem and promoting care and respect for each other and God’s world.



Our Christian vision and ethos is at the heart of our Religious Education (RE) curriculum and as such, our intent for RE is to provide our pupils with challenging and thought provoking questions about the meaning and purpose of life.  It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity amongst other religions and religious traditions.  RE enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.    As a result of this, they will become independent and responsible members of a society who understand and explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that they can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.  It teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice.  RE prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to the wider society.  It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.  Our RE curriculum will:


  • promote our provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development for all pupils, regardless of ability, gender, race or religion.

  • enable pupils to apply an understanding of Christianity to make reasoned and informed responses to life issues and moral choices.

  • develop pupils' knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and the Anglican tradition through a study of: Creation, Prayer and Worship, the Life and Teachings of Jesus, Living out the Faith and Christian Festivals.

  • support pupil's personal quest for meaning, purpose and value.

  • develop pupils' knowledge and understanding of other principal religions.

  • enable pupils to develop sensitivity and respect towards all people with different beliefs and life-styles.

  • enable pupils to reflect on and communicate with others issues of truth, belief and faith.

  • make pupils aware of the nature, role and influence of religion in the world.



Central to learning in RE is the process of building bridges between the children’s own lives and the religious content they are exploring - Religious Education must be relevant to their own lives and engage them in meaningful learning that they can apply to life.  In order to deliver the intent, the school uses the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education Scheme of Work alongside the ’Understanding Christianity’ resource.  Each unit is based around a ‘Big Question’ which focuses on a key theme or faith. Within each ‘question’ the children have the opportunity to explore two aspects: 

Learning about Religion: This includes enquiry into, and investigation of, the nature of religion. It focuses on (i) beliefs, teachings and sources, (ii) practices and ways of life and (iii) forms of expression. It includes the skills of interpretation, analysis and explanation. Pupils learn to communicate their knowledge and understanding using specialist vocabulary. It includes identifying and developing an understanding of ultimate questions and ethical issues.


Learning from Religion: This is concerned with developing pupils’ reflection on, and response to, their own experiences and learning about religion. It develops pupils’ skills of application, interpretation and evaluation of what they learn about religion, particularly questions of (i) identity and belonging, (ii) meaning, purpose, truth and (iii) values and commitments, and communicating their responses.



The impact of our RE curriculum will be that our pupils will:

  • be confident to articulate their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to have different views, values and ways of life. 
  • be reflective learners with a strong understanding of Christian values, beliefs, stories and practices.
  • develop their own personal sense of understanding and belonging.
  • demonstrate a respect and tolerance of other faiths, accepting and respecting the diversity of the wider world.