Religious Education is at the heart of St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School. We are theologists, social scientists and philosophers! R.E. teaching and learning provides a foundation for children to flourish into spiritual, thoughtful and open-minded and hearted individuals. It is a subject in which we aim to: ignite pupils with a passion for learning and a curiosity to foster life-long learning which will continue beyond our school, enabling pupils to develop their confidence, be determined, persevere and show resilience, creating opportunities for pupils to develop wisdom, knowledge and skills which they can demonstrate across local and global communities. Our teaching and learning encourage children to show dignity and respect towards the beliefs of others and the environment.

It is an inspiring, valuable and essential subject to allow children to navigate the world today. It enables children to:

  • explore and question their own beliefs and the beliefs and views of others,
  • be creative and analytical and reflective of their life choices and explore life’s big questions in a safe and supportive environment based in the school’s Christian ethos.
  • research, share, question, reflect and learn allow children to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the distinctive and diverse nature of our school community, local community and wider world.

The Religious Education curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children make natural links with other subjects in the curriculum and provide opportunities for spiritual development. It incorporates opportunities to visits and visitors enrich our curriculum further.

R.E. encourages the development of resilience, perseverance, determination and adaptability and will contribute to our children’s personal development in resilience, creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.  In our school, R.E. encourages children to learn to think and work creatively to explore a range of faiths and world views as individuals and as members of a team. We encourage children to:

  • ask questions and agree and disagree respectfully,
  • be creative and imaginative and philosophical in their thinking about the world around them.
  • recognise and value differences in people and communities,
  • strive to develop an understanding and appreciation of the world views and beliefs of the people in their school, local and world community.

The teaching of Religious Education in our school has been adapted with consideration to the recent school closures. Both medium and long-term plans have been adapted to ensure all knowledge and skills in line with the Diocesan Syllabus, Understanding Christianity and National Curriculum are taught

Please click here for a copy of our table showing the EYFS Statutory Requirements and Agreed Syllabus for Key Stages 1 and 2 for R.E.

The school has a clear progression document for pupils throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 for R.E. Please contact school if you would like a copy.


Please click here for a copy of our long term overview. Further details about the implementation can be found by contacting Mrs Williams (our R.E. Lead) or by reading the Religious Education Policy.

As a core curriculum subject area, as a school, we ensure that RE is taught for 10% of curriculum time. This includes R.E. weeks, projects, visits and special days.