Religious Education at St. Mary's

Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Religious Education


At St Mary’s C of E Primary, we want our Religious Education curriculum to enable every child to flourish and love life to all it’s fullness (John 10:10). We are dedicated to teaching a full curriculum that prepares pupils for the opportunity, responsibility and experiences of life in modern Britain. Central to religious Education in our school is the study of Christianity as a living and diverse faith, focused on the teaching of Jesus and the Church. We will provide a sequenced learning programme, exploring a range of religions and world views, fostering respect for all people.

Our R.E curriculum reflects our five school values.




In RE, children will:

  • Listen respectfully
  • Empathise
  • Collaborate
  • Co-operate

The R.E curriculum will:

Provide opportunities to begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. 


In R.E, children will:

  • Include others in group and discussion tasks. 

The R.E curriculum will:

Provide opportunities to work collaboratively in pairs and groups to share their understanding of religious world views and beliefs. All children are expected to engage, enquire, explore, evaluate and express their ideas together. 


In R.E, children will:

  • Exercise their curiosity

The R.E curriculum will: 

Promote curiosity through open ended questioning, discussion and cross curricular related activities.

Provide children with the opportunity to use their creativity to communicate their knowledge in different ways. Through the use of scrap books and class displays, children will celebrate the religions they study.


In R.E children will:

  • Build on their beliefs
  • Challenge their own understanding 
  • Appreciate inner strength in themselves and others.

The R.E curriculum will:

Offer challenges to their understanding with the intention of building resilience through deepening their personal beliefs.


In R.E, children will:

  • Question
  • Debate
  • Make informed choices about living in the wider world

The R.E curriculum will:

Offer opportunities to ask and answer questions, including their own. Provide children with the opportunities to think critically and form their own opinions and interpretations about different religions, through personal exploration.


Curriculum drivers for all curriculum areas: 

Threshold concepts for RE: 

Communication so children will have the high-level vocabulary and skills to ask questions, explain their learning and communicate effectively through a wide range of media.

Challenge so children are self-motivated and willing to take risks; solve problems creatively, taking pride in their learning; and motivate themselves towards success and increasing independence. 

Community so children will feel a sense of belonging as empathetic, respectful and supportive members of our immediate school environment as well as the global community. 

  1. Engage with questions of meaning, purpose and beliefs
  2. Enquire through religious practices, narratives and living 
  3. Explore the way religious commitment affects people’s lives

This builds on work done in Early Years

Understanding of the World: People and Communication

  • ELG: Know similarities and difference between themselves and others and among families, communities and traditions
  • Exceeding: Understand that different people have different beliefs, attitudes, customs and traditions and why it is important to treat them with respect.



RE is taught once a week and our school values are taught through Collective Worship every day. 

The RE curriculum follows The Emmanual Project, a scheme of work for EYFS-Year 6, which follows an enquiry –based approach looking at the key beliefs and concepts which are important in different faiths. This scheme matches The Suffolk Agreed RE Syllabus. An RE scheme of work would start with ‘engage’ which is an interactive session which introduces new ideas and concepts. This is followed by ‘enquire’ which gives children an opportunity to ask questions. The children would then ‘explore’ the topic through discussion and Lastly the children will ‘evaluate’ through expressing religious beliefs and feelings before ‘expressing’ how we can share our learning with others.

Key vocabulary is identified through scrap books.

Children are given opportunities to learn about different religions from a variety of books and artefacts. 

Links are made with the local community, including the Church and connections with The Cathedral through The Discovery Centre to embed learning through first hand experiences.


The impact of our R.E curriculum can be seen by talking to the children about their interest in this subject and seeing evidence in class R.E scrap books and individual books, on learning walls in classrooms and on displays around the school.

Teacher’s use formative assessment methods to identify children’s understanding. Planned, individual writing opportunities provide an opportunity for the children to communicate what they have learnt t the end of the topic. 

Children’s attainment is updated on Target Tracker throughout the year and attainment steps are updated termly. This allows the class teacher and subject lead to monitor the progress of all children across the school.

R.E is monitored by the subject leader each term and the outcomes inform action planning, SIAMS and the SDP.