St John The Baptist Church of England Primary School

Loving Learning, Building Community, Growing in Faith


Religious Education

Religious Education at St John the Baptist C of E Primary School is provided for all pupils and is taught by teaching staff.


R.E. is currently taught weekly, with most units taking half a term. Some units of work that pupils study are systematic, in that they focus on a particular religious or non-religious worldview. Other units are thematic, where pupils can draw on their knowledge of different worldviews to makes comparisons. In addition to their RE units of work, pupils in the early years explore celebrations and special times, as they occur throughout the year, supporting the 'People and Communities' aspect of 'Understanding the World'.

As part of our RE curriculum, all year groups have an opportunity to visit a place of worship and meet people from the worldview that they are studying. The staff team at St John the Baptist Church support our teaching of RE and pupils also participate in workshops run by Wendy from Parable Arts, which relate to our RE units of work.


The majority of Christianity is taught using the resource Understanding Christianity whilst the other units of work are taught from the Leicestershire local agreed syllabus.  An overview of the units of study and the religions and world views taught is in this section of the website.


The RE curriculum meets the requirements set out in the Church of England ‘Statement of Entitlement for RE’.


The RE curriculum focuses on the importance of text and belief within a faith or worldview, the impact that has on believers and then allows pupils to make connections with how, what they have learned relates to their own thoughts and beliefs. The curriculum is taught in a range of ways such as using drama, art and music and opportunities for pupils to work with partners and in groups.


Progression of knowledge and skills is assessed by class teachers and monitored by the RE coordinator through visiting lessons, work sampling, conducting pupil conversations and analysing data provided.


The lead governor for RE meets with the coordinator regularly. The RE coordinator leads staff inset to provide training and increase staff knowledge on the teaching of RE.


Some of our pupils have had their work featured in the RE Today magazine and opportunities to enter the NATRE spirited arts and poetry competitions are provided.


Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of RE.