St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School

We act with love, build our faith and grow as people

Curriculum RE

Religious Education

St. Margaret Clitherow provides an environment in which children can grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith and develop their own relationship with Christ. We want our children to understand that religion is not just for learning but for living. To complement the religious education which already takes place in the children’s homes and parishes we teach the “God Matters” religious education programme, enriched by appropriate use of the Old Testament and the Gospels. Children also learn about liturgy and the sacraments. Within the topics, there are opportunities for exploring and appreciating aspects of other faiths. We encourage links with other faiths and cultures whenever we can to broaden children’s understanding.


In Year 3, children being prepared for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation through Parish-based programmes will be supported by the school. The year 3 teacher liaises with Parish catechists regarding the programme to be followed.




At St Margaret Clitherow we will:-

Enable each child to develop a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith, promote respect for religious and moral values and tolerance of other races and religions

Foster the growth of each child’s potential through the development of respect for self and others

Promote the individual talents and abilities of pupils to ensure that each child fulfils his or her full potential.

Promote an understanding and care of the environment in which each child finds him or herself.

Promote a close and co-operative relationship between home, parish and school.

Ensure the Catholic Social Teaching is embedded throughout the whole curriculum


Our mission statement:

'Love - Faith - Grow'

 We act with love, build our faith and grow as people.


Love - Our care for one another and enjoyment of learning.

Faith - Our trust in God and belief in ourselves.

Grow - Our journey of growth and being the best we can be.


  • Our principal aim is that children leave St Margaret Clitherow with a wide range of happy and rich memories in RE formed through interesting and exciting experiences driven through an engaging and comprehensive curriculum which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, enabling them to develop a living and personal faith in Jesus Christ and allowing them to know and love God.
  • RE is the foundation of the entire education process and permeates all areas of the curriculum and school life.
  • Children will develop an awareness of God’s presence in their lives and the lives of others, developing the spiritual life of each child through prayer and reflection.
  • Children will develop a well-formed conscience allowing them to make sound moral judgements in the light of personal commitment to God.
  • Children, and their parents, will develop the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Sacraments.
  • RE will play a central role in the school’s work on spiritual, moral, vocational, social and cultural education.
  • Children will be prepared for life in a multi faith society by fostering respect for and understanding of rich cultural diversity.
  • 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 2 hrs 30 mins per week in Key Stage 2.  
  • Children will develop a deep understanding of the RE unit they are studying. They will increasingly use their prior knowledge to develop into religiously literate young people.
  • In RE, children will develop the skills to make links and connections, engage and respond, analyse and evaluate using sources of evidence.
  • Skills in other subjects will be applied in RE and children will be encouraged to investigate the faith with enthusiasm and rigour.
  • Children will develop a real understanding and appreciation of the world learning from a range of sources and experiences.



  • The curriculum hours in RE are non-negotiable and will be followed by all staff in the school.  Fixed timetables will be set every term and monitored by the Senior Leadership Team of the school.
  • The Subject Leader for RE will meet the Senior Leadership Team to evaluate provision in order to ensure that teaching and learning in RE is good.  Where necessary, staff will receive coaching and training in RE.
  • Our pupils are inspired by exceptional teaching and consistently high expectations across the school through the ‘God Matters’ scheme of work.
  • Our RE curriculum covers the following units: School Mission & Saints,  Creation, Catholic Social Teaching, Advent, Christmas, Revelation, Lent, Holy Week & Easter, Pentecost & Sacraments.  Each unit is developmental, building on previous knowledge and experience and taking into account of the children’s age and understanding.  More information about what is covered in each year group can be found on the curriculum overview below.
  • The RE curriculum will include guest speakers who are specialists in their area and guest speakers from Catholic charities will also visit schools such as CAFOD and Father Danny.
  • RE is taught individually but plays a central role in all areas of school life.
  • High quality teaching responds to the needs of children.  Spiral learning is a key focus of all formative and summative assessment with teachers actively marking work in lessons in order to identify misconceptions early.
  • Children will be highly engaged in RE lessons through the use of a variety of sources such as religious stories, scripture, religious artwork, songs, music, dance and religious signs and symbols.
  • The life and work of key figures in the History of the people of God will be studied for example, lives of the saints.
  • Approaches will include whole class teaching, group activities and individual work. Children will have opportunities to work individually as well as cooperatively and collaboratively, developing their own knowledge and expertise as well as sharing experiences with others.
  • The use of visits and visitors in school will enhance the RE curriculum.



  • Children are happy learners within RE.  They experience a wide-ranging number of learning challenges in RE and know appropriate responses to them.
  • Through RE, children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents
  • Visits within RE have enriched the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.
  • Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in RE, reflected in good or outstanding progress that reveals a clear learning journey.  Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in RE and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
  • Clear outcomes focus and guide all RE development plans and drive improvement.
  • Children produce good quality work across religion, which they are proud of
  • The children will grow to know and love God, develop their moral and spiritual nature and deepen their faith.
  • Children will live their faith in an active and positive way, always aware of the presence and love of Christ guiding them.
  • Children will develop their relationship with God and become religiously literate.
  • Through religious practice, the church’s traditions of prayer and worship will be upheld.
  • Children show compassion, justice, love and forgiveness in their relationships with others
  • Faith plays a central role in the lives of the children and the decisions they make.
  • Children are confident, resilient and actively engaged in the wider society.
  • The school environment will reflect and celebrate our Catholic faith.
  • Children will be able to define, describe and discuss areas of RE. They will confidently use skills such as retelling, describing, comparing, giving reasons, explaining the meaning of biblical stories and considering the impact of beliefs.
  • Children will be able to reflect and consider important questions about RE.
  • Through wider reading in RE, children will know about a wide variety of Saints, how we can learn from their example, and historical religious events and figures. They will be able to make links between Jesus’ life and teaching and link it to their own lives, making links between different forms of Christian action, such as in rituals and charitable acts.
  • The majority of children are working at age related expectations by the end of EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.