Religious Education at St James


As a church school R.E has as much importance in the school curriculum as English and Maths. R.E is taught as a discreet subject and is taught once a week for 45 minutes in every class from Reception to Year 6. Our R.E curriculum covers a range of topics with a mostly Christian theme, and planning and resources for the topics are saved on to the school server. In Nursery and Reception pupils learn about stories from the bible.


Marking and feedback

Marking and feedback given to pupils must be to the same quality as we would see in English or Maths books. Work should be marked to the learning intention and opportunities should be given to pupils to reflect on their learning with key questions. Pupils should respond to this in purple pen.


R.E Displays

Every class in school must have an R.E display either inside or outside of the classroom. R.E displays in school should be topic based. These displays should be used as a working wall, where work gets added to the display regularly. The display should be interactive with key questions for pupils to think about. Pupils should add work to the display as and when is necessary.


Floor books

As part of the R.E curriculum floor books are used in every class. Floor books are scrap books made up of photographs and work that wouldn’t go into an R.E books. Levelled key questions should be included in the floor books and Pupils are encouraged to add their work and answer these questions


Our Curriculum

At St James, we follow the Manchester agreed syllabus, based on the work of the Blackburn Diocese. We have a 2 year cycle, with years 1 and 2, 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 working together



Year 1 and 2

cycle a

Year 1 and 2 

cycle b

Year 3 and 4 

cycle a

Year 3 and 4 

cycle b

Year 5 and 6 

cycle a

Year 5 and 6 

cycle b

autumn 1

god and creation

the church

god, David and the psalms


the Bible

life as a journey

autumn 2

gifts and gift bringers

the journey to Bethlehem

Christmas – god with us

Christmas light

Christmas around the world

Christmas gospelsAdvent

spring 1


Jesus a friend to everyone

the church – sacred places

Jesus, the man who changed lives

ideas about god

women in the old testament

spring 2

celebrating new life


Easter – joy, sadness, joy

Easter, betrayal and trust

Easter victory

Easter – who was Jesus

summer 1

the Bible

ascension and pentecost

Jesus the son of god

rules for living

ascension and Pentecost

Pentecost, what happened next

summer 2

saints and followers

Jesus was special


Called by God




Years 1 and 2


Christian Values

god and creation Respect, Creativity, Reverence
gifts and gift bringers Generosity, Thankfulness, Love
baptism Faith, Love
celebrating new life Faith, Hope
the bible Faith, Reverence, Respect
saints and followers Respect, Reverance. Courage, Faith
the church Faith, Respect. Reverence
the journey to Bethlehem Perseverance, Love
Jesus a friend to everyone Friendship, Compassion
symbols Faith, Hope
ascension and Pentecost Faith, Courage, Trust
Jesus was special Friendship, Compassion


Years 3 and 4


Chrstian Values

god, David and the psalms Friendship, Responsibility, Creativity
Christmas – god with us Faith
the church – sacred places Faith. Respect, Reverence
Easter – joy, sadness, joy Faith, Love, Hope
Jesus the son of god Justice, Responsibility, Respect, Reverence
prayer Hope, Faith
harvest Thankfulness
Christmas light Hope
Jesus, the man who changed lives Forgivesness, Humility, Service
Easter, betrayal and trust Trust, Responsibility, Hope
rules for living Justice, Responsibility
Called by God Faith, Service, Courage

Years 5 and 6


Christian Value

the bible Wisdom, Faith
Christmas around the world Hope, Humility, Faith
ideas about god Faith, Wisdom, Respect, Reverence
Easter victory Faith, Hope
ascension and Pentecost Faith, Trust
Eucharist Faith, Forgiveness
life as a journey Perseverance, Trust, Hope
Christmas gospelsAdvent Hope, Faith, Humility
women in the old testament Wisdom, Justice, Perseverance
Easter – who was Jesus Faith, Hope
Pentecost, what happened next Faith, Courage, Perserverance
Daniel Courage, Faith


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