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Our Intent for Religious Education at St James

Religious Education (RE) has an important place in the curriculum of all schools.  It provides a safe space for young children to develop their understanding of people, cultures, faiths and relationships.  


At St James Church of England Primary and Nursery School, we follow the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus for 2019 - 2024 for all of our RE teaching.  This agreed syllabus sets out detailed and extensive programmes that will enable pupils to gain a coherent understanding of all religions and worldwide views, preparing them for life in twenty-first century Britain.  


Our timetable is as follows:


  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Rec F4.  Being special; where do we belong? F2. Why is Christmas special for Christians? F1.  Why is the word "God" so important to Christians? F3. Why is Easter special to Christians? F5. What places are special and why? F6. What time/stories are special and why?
Year 1 1.10.  What does it mean to belong in a faith community? 1.1.  What do Christians believe God is like? 1.7.  Who is Jewish and how do they live? 1.7.  Who is Jewish and how do they live? 1.2.  Who do Christians say made the world? 1.9.  How should we care for the world and for others, and why does it matter?
Year 2 1.6.  Who is Muslim and how do they live? 1.3.  Why does Christmas matter to Christians? 1.6.  Who is Muslim and how do they live?  Part 2. 1.5.  Why does Easter matter to Christians? 1.4.  What is the "good news" Christians believe Jesus brings? 1.8.  What makes some places sacred to believers?
Year 3 L2.1.  What do Christians learn from the Creation story? L2.2.  What is it like for someone to follow God? L2.9.  How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim? L2.10.  How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people? L2.4.  What kind of world did Jesus want? L2.12.  How and why do people try to make the world a better place?
Year 4 L2.3. What is the "Trinity" and why is important for Christians? L2.7.  What do Hindus believe God is like? L2.8.  What does it mean to be Hindu in Britain today? L2.5.  Why do Christians call the day Jesus died "Good Friday"? L2.6. For Christians, when Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost? L2.11.  How and why do people mark the significant events of life?
Year 5 U2.1.  What does it mean if Christians believe God is holy and loving? U2.8.  What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? U2.3.  Why do Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah? U2.9.  Why is the Torah so important to Jewish people? U2.4.  Christians and how to live:  What would Jesus do? U2.10.  What matters most to Humanists and Christians?
Year 6 U2.2.  Creation and science: conflicting or complementary? U2.11.  Why do some people believe in God and some people not? U2.7.  Why do Hindus want to be good? U2.5.  What do Christians believe Jesus did to "save" people? U2.6.  For Christians, what kind of king is Jesus? U2.12.  How does faith help people when life gets hard?


If you have any questions about the teaching of RE in school, please speak to your child's class teacher for further information.