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St James's Catholic Primary School

St James's Catholic Primary School

‘Put out into the deep’


‘The outcome of excellent Religious Education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.’

(RE Curriculum Directory p.6)


As a Catholic School RE is one of the core subjects alongside Literacy and Numeracy.  In St James’s Catholic Primary School we have developed our ‘Put Out into the Deep’ curriculum following the Curriculum Directory, RCDOW composite models and other appropriate sources.


 The aim of the curriculum is:

  • To help children to become aware of and reflect on their experiences of living in the world with others. (Life in Christ)
  • To reveal to children some aspects of God’s plan for our salvation. (Revelation)
  • To help them to respond to God’s love in their lives. (Life in Christ)
  • To help them listen to and respond to God. (Celebration)
  • To help them to see God’s offer of salvation in the sacraments and respond to it. (Celebration)
  • To show that every human person is made in the image of God and is called to reflect God’s people. (Church)


The children experience the revelation of each topic explored in more detail through looking at scripture readings in the Bible and responding by sharing in worships and liturgies linked to the topic.  Throughout the school the children are taught about other faiths and there is a whole school focus on Judaism.


Teaching and learning strategies which enable pupils to develop knowledge and understanding to retell, recognise, describe, talk and ask questions about: the way the Jewish faith and other religions live their lives.

(RE Curriculum Directory p.56)