Religious Education

"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” Budda

In our school the teaching of Religious Education is an integral part of the curriculum in developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. At St John the Evangelist CE Primary School, Our Religious Education curriculum provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and world-views that offer answers to questions such as these. RE also contributes to our pupils’ personal development and wellbeing, and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.

RE is provided in accordance with the Oxfordshire Diocese Agreed Syllabus and draws from the most recent practice and educational thinking. RE is taught through an enquiry-based approach and provides opportunities for all pupils to explore questions, experiences and concepts related to identity and what it means to be human, whilst at the same time developing a good knowledge and understanding of the principal faiths in Britain.

The syllabus promotes an inclusive and educational approach to RE, which is of increasing importance to help people understand modern society and critical issues in the world, as well as promoting understanding and respect. It enables teachers to develop key skills, attitudes and dispositions in their pupils, such as critical thinking, empathy and conceptual creativity, which will equip them better to be able to grapple with the questions that life throws at us.


Click the link below to download the RE curriculum overview

Curriculum Overview for Religious Education


Click the links below to download the year group learning journeys for RE

Year 1 Religious Education Learning Journey

Year 2 Religious Education Learning Journey

Year 3 Religious Education Learning Journey

Year 4 Religious Education Learning Journey

Year 5 Religious Education Learning Journey

Year 6 Religious Education Learning Journey