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?

What do Christians say God is like?

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?

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

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?

Who is Jewish and how do they live?

What makes some places sacred to believers?

Year 3

What is it like to follow God?


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

What is the Trinity?

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday?

What does it mean to be a Sikh?

What do Christians learn from the creation story?

Year 4

What kind of world did Jesus want?

What are the deeper meaning of festivals?

What does it mean to be a Sikh?


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

When Jesus left what was the impact of Pentecost?

Walk through the Bible

or How and why believers show commitments through the journey of life.

Year 5

How can following God bring freedom and justice?

What kind of king is Jesus?

Creation and science?

What did Jesus do to save human beings?

What does it mean for a Muslim to follow God?

Why is pilgrimage important to some believers?

Year 6

What does it mean for a Jewish person to follow God?

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?

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

How do religions help people through good and bad times?

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.

The children have written poems to express their views on RE - The important thing about RE... See below


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.

Year 5 have enjoyed a visit from Che Seabourne, one of our parents who is a scientist and a curate, as part of their topic : Are science and religion conflicting or complementary?  They asked him some interesting questions!  For instance, Who created God? (Macy, Curtis and Lincoln) Why do you think the universe went from a tiny pinhead to this? (Abigail) What was your goal when you were little? (Evan) How do you believe the world was created? (Neethujan)



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