Curriculum Overview and Policy

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Religious Education Curriculum Drivers

Language – At St Oswald’s we want children to have a deep understanding of religious vocabulary through exposure to scripture in mass, prayer and liturgy and RE lessons. The importance of religious vocabulary is embedded throughout each topic of the RE curriculum. (Faith in Our Voice)

Diversity and Inclusion – The RE curriculum supports acceptance and understanding of different religions and beliefs through our learning of other faiths. We encourage Children share experiences and values of their own cultures. (Faith in Others)

Resilience – RE provides a curriculum that challenges children’s thinking. It encourages them to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, overcoming the challenges and hardships of being a modern Christian. (Faith in Ourselves)

Enrichment – Enrichment activities within the RE curriculum offer opportunities for all pupils to develop their cultural capital by providing greater religious understanding and development of spirituality. (Faith in Our Journey)


At St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School 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 and
foster the growth of each child’s potential through the development of respect for self
and others.

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

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

We will promote a close and co-operative relationship between home, parish and school.
Our principal aim is that children leave St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School 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 meet the Diocesan Standards for Primary Religious Education, which will
be taught by highly qualified staff who will engage children’s intellect, heart and
imagination, inspiring enthusiasm and interest in RE.

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.

Parents, family members, friends of whatever faith and parishioners will attend Masses
and religious celebrations within the school and pupils will make links with the Parish

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.

Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the
classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge.


The curriculum hours in RE are non-negotiable and will be followed by all staff in the
school These will be monitored by the Senior Leadership Team of the school.

The Subject Leader for RE will meet the Senior Leadership Team on a regular basis to
evaluate provision. Where necessary, staff will receive coaching and training in RE.
Carefully designed schemes of learning in RE ensure consistency and progress of all
learners. We follow the agreed syllabus from the Archdiocese of Liverpool ‘Come and

Each year group will study a number of units over the year. The units are developmental,
building on previous knowledge and experience and taking into account of the children’s
age and understanding.

The topics covered by each year group are as detailed on the curriculum overview.
RE is taught individually but plays a central role in all areas of school life.
High quality teaching responds to the needs of children.

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.

High quality input from experts and educational resources complement the delivery of
specialist learning admirably. The idea of vocation will be developed in all year groups.

Pupils will participate in Mass, feast days, Holy days collective worship which will involve
religious actions and worship including the celebration of the sacraments.

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

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 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.

Fundamental British Values are evident in RE and children understand how RE can
celebrate difference.

Children will understand the Catholic virtue and how these relate to their personal life
and to British Values.

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.

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.

School vision for the teaching of Religious Education

What is Religious Education?

Religious Education is about engaging with the deepest questions of life and finding reasons for the hope which is within them (Peter 3:15).

It is about the Christian vision of the human person

It is the core subject which is central to the life of Our Catholic School

Religious Education is the study of:

  • The mystery of God, as discovered in the Bible and particularly through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • The teachings of the Church
  • The lives of the Saints
  • The relationship between faith and life

Expectations of the teaching and learning of Religious Education

Classroom Religious Education in school is primarily educational

Excellence in Religious Education is achieved by:

  • Clarity of succinct religious learning objectives
  • Key content
  • By appropriate methodologies
  • Rigour
  • Richness of resources
  • Achievement and accurate assessments

Come and See is a Catholic Primary Religious Education programme for Foundation and Key stages 1 and 2. The programme of study, written by a group of experienced diocesan advisors was introduced across St. Oswald’s in September 2012 and has been warmly received by staff and pupils. The child friendly material provided within Come and See allows children to explore the teachings of the Catholic church through the use of age appropriate resources and activities.

Each year group from Foundation 1 to year 6 have their own list of focus topics to consider throughout the academic year. The topic will coincide with the church calendar however, the depth in which the topic is explored is dependent upon the respective age of the child. For example, during Lent, whilst all children will learn about the plight of Christ, our Early Years children will consider the importance of growing and new life; Key Stage 1 children explore the effect of change and opportunities, with Key Stage 2 children considering the importance of self-discipline, sacrifice, death and new life.

At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self-revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and Tradition