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Religious Education

Religious Education 

Understanding Christianity and Manchester Diocese RE Syllabus


At Leigh St Mary's, we recognise the profound influence of Religious Education (RE) has in shaping the values, understanding and respect for diversity within our pupils. Therefore, our RE curriculum has been thoughtfully structured and designed using the Manchester Diocese Religious Education Syllabus for 2023-28 and the Church of England’s ‘Statement of Entitlement 2019’ (SoE, 2019). This carefully thought through curriculum ensures that pupils are prepared for their future life in society. 


Intent of the RE Curriculum:

At Leigh St Mary's the intent for Religious Education (RE) is to provide a curriculum that is ambitious, coherent, and designed to give all pupils, regardless of background, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. The intent of the RE curriculum is to develop pupils' understanding and appreciation of different religions and beliefs, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths represented in the UK. It aims to foster respect and tolerance for those with different beliefs, promote spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development, and prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.


Implementation of the RE Curriculum: 

Using the Manchester Diocese RE Syllabus and Understanding Christianity, Leigh St Mary's ensures that the RE curriculum is well-sequenced, with appropriate subject knowledge, skills, and concepts taught progressively from EYFS to Year 6. It incorporates opportunities for pupils to engage in a range of high-quality learning experiences, including visits to places of worship, discussions with faith leaders, and reflective activities that encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs.


The school fosters a positive ethos for RE, where pupils feel safe to express their opinions and ask questions about different religions and beliefs. Teachers use a variety of teaching strategies, resources, and real-life examples to make RE relevant and engaging for all pupils. They provide regular feedback, scaffolded support, and challenge to ensure that every pupil can achieve their full potential in RE.

Furthermore, an outstanding primary school collaborates closely with parents, local faith communities, and external organisations to enrich the RE curriculum. It celebrates religious festivals and events throughout the year, promoting a sense of community cohesion and inclusivity within the school.


Impact of the RE Curriculum: 

The impact of RE teaching is evident in the pupils' knowledge, understanding, and attitudes towards diverse religions and beliefs. Pupils demonstrate a deep respect for others, show empathy towards those with different faiths, and articulate their own beliefs thoughtfully and respectfully. They are able to make connections between different religions, recognise common themes and values across belief systems, and evaluate the significance of religion in shaping individuals and societies.

Pupils' spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development is enhanced through their engagement with RE, contributing to their holistic development as responsible citizens in a pluralistic society. The impact of outstanding RE provision is also seen in pupils' ability to articulate their reflections on ethical issues, show understanding of the importance of religious diversity, and demonstrate tolerance and respect towards those with different worldviews.