Kirkstall St Stephen’s C of E Primary School

RE Curriculum Whole School Overview

Based on Leeds Diocesan Guidelines


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



Why is God important?

Christmas and why do we perform nativity play?

Being special: where do we belong?

Easter and why is there a cross in the Easter garden?

Which stories are special and why?

Which places are special and why?

Year 1

Who do Christians say made the world?

What can we learn about God through stories? Why does Christmas matter?

Why should we care for others and why does it matter?

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?

What do Christians believe God is like?

Year 2

Who am I? What does it mean to belong?

What is God like? Why does Christmas matter?

Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?

What is the good news that Jesus brings?

What makes some places sacred to believers?

Who made the world? Exploring Christian ideas about God through creation

Year 3

What is it like to follow God?

RE-searchers characters

Advent and Christmas in the papers: who, what, why, when?

What does it mean to be a Sikh?

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday?

When Jesus left what was the impact of Pentecost?

What does it mean to be a Sikh pt 2?

Year 4

What kind of world did Jesus want?

What is it like to follow God? 

What are the deeper meanings of festivals?


Why do Christians remember the events of Holy week every year?

What is the Trinity?

What do Christians learn from the creation story?

Year 5

What kind of king is Jesus?

What does it mean if God is holy and loving?

Creation and science?

What did Jesus do to save human beings?

How can following God bring freedom and justice?

What does it mean for a Muslim to follow God?

Year 6

What would Jesus do?

Was Jesus the Messiah? (incarnation)

What can be done to reduce racism? Can religion help?

Was Jesus the Messiah? What difference does the resurrection make?

What are my big questions? Research project of own choosing to use RE skills.

Why do some people believe in God and some don’t? 


The purpose of RE at our school

RE explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how  they live. RE helps pupils to make sense of religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. 

We believe RE is a very important part of our curriculum and has many benefits for children in their learning now and for their lives in the future.  Parents do, however have the right to withdraw their children from this subject. We would encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have with us.


Capture of RE learning map.PNG

Years 3-6 recently enjoyed a trip by train to St. George's Church to watch a performance of the Nativity story called the Christmas Story.  Everyone had a great time and enjoyed seeing the story told in a new way.  

Kirkstall St Stephen's C of E (VA) Primary School

Morris Lane,

entrance via Norman Street

Janet Skelton
School Business Manager 0113 382 1960
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