Religious Education

Religious Education

Our school uses the Manchester Diocesan syllabus for RE, which develops knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and allows us to explore and appreciate other faiths, traditions and beliefs.

In line with the requirements of the Education Reform Act, our children take part in a daily collective worship. These are based around our half-termly Christian Value and include reflection, hymns and prayers.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the teaching of Religious Education and class teachers will ensure that any children who are withdrawn will be properly supervised and purposefully occupied.

Please click on the link to view our Collective Worship Policy.


At St Thomas Leesfield School, the aim of Religious Education is to help all children to acquire and develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


Religious Education is inclusive for all children taught throughout the school following the Manchester Diocese Syllabus and reflects the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school. At St Thomas Leesfield, Christianity plays an important role in the children’s learning as we are a Church of England school. Religious Education links in with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE and British Values, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.

We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Our Ethos is developed around the 18 Christian values and underpins everything we do in our school.

Religious Education Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is cohesively sequenced and planned to demonstrate progression.  Through our whole school ethos and the teaching of RE we aim to:


  • Ensure our Christian ethos underpins everything we do with Christ at the centre.
  • Using the ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource, Agreed Syllabus and discrete weekly RE lessons, ensure that the children have the opportunity to fully immerse in their learning and embed the teaching and ‘Sticky Learning’ objectives (see Subject Leaders Long Term Plans).
  • Provide a celebration of learning for each topic which demonstrates progression across the school.
  • Provide weekly lessons covering events in the Liturgical Year and Bible stories / work.
  • Embed a Class RE Book, to develop the children’s thoughts and feelings around the R.E. topics and Christian values/themes.
  • Develop and deepen their thinking and understanding of religious festivals. Enhanced through Rev Woodall’s ‘Experiences’ in church linked to important Christian celebrations.
  • Evidence Pupil Voice/Pupil discussions about their learning through Pupils Chats and Ethos Committee. (Headteachers as well as Subject Leaders).
  • Plan and organise a range of visiting vicars and clergy to develop the children’s understanding of Christianity and other faiths.
  • Plan and organise visits to other religious places such as local Mosques.
  • Enable our Year 3 and 5 children to take part in the Linking Project to work with a different Oldham primary school (Mayfield) to develop links and friendships with children from another culture and religion.
  • Build on their understanding of ‘The Big Story’ through the ‘Understanding Christianity’ frieze.
  • Strengthen links between school and church through our regular celebrations in church and work with Rev Woodall.


Our children experience and learn about Judaism, Hinduism and Islam during their time at St Thomas’. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely.  All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community.  We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.


Our children develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain. Children learn to develop and live as Christian people through Bible teachings and examples of Christ. Through their R.E. learning and our ethos, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community. Our children develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live. As such, R.E. is invaluable in our ever changing world and for the ability to succeed in life. Christian values underpin everything we do and ‘help us to be the best we can in the sight of God’.

Our Religious Education Learning Journey

Please select the document below.

Click to Download RE Learning Journey 2022-23 [pdf 197KB] Click to Download

Long Term RE Topic Plans Year 1 to Year 6 (2022/23)

Key: Understanding Christianity (UC), Concepts: God (G) Creation (C) Fall (F) People of God (PG) Incarnation (I) Gospel (G) Salvation (S) Kingdom of God (KG)


Year Group


Christmas Topic

Easter Topic

Topic Three

Topic Four


Why Do We Give Gifts At Christmas?

UC: Why Does Christmas Matter to  Christians  (I)

New Life and New Beginnings

UC: Why Does Easter Matter to Christians? (S)

God and Creation

UC: Who Made the World?

(G) (C)

Why Was Jesus Special?

UC: (I) (G)


Good News!

UC Why Does Christmas Matter to Christians? ((I)

What Do Christians Believe God is Like?

UC unit: (G)

Why is the Bible a Special Book?

Non-Christian Faith Unit: Islam – Holy Book

Why is the Church a Special Place?

Non-Christian Faith Unit: Islam – Places of Worship


God With Us

UC: What is the Trinity (I) (G)

Good Friday?

(Exploring the sadness and Joy of Easter)

UC: Why Do Christians Call the Day Jesus Died Good Friday? (S)

Which Rules Should We Follow?

UC: How Can Following God Bring Freedom and Justice? (F) (PG) (G)

Jesus the Man Who Changed Lives

UC: What Kind of World Did Jesus Want?

(G) (KG)



Light of the World

UC: (I) (S)

Non-Christian Faith Unit – Festival of Light Diwali Hinduism

Jesus Son of God

(How did Jesus Show His Power?)


UC: (I) (G) (S)

Are All Churches the Same?

UC: (G) (KG)

Non-Christian Faith Unit – Places of Worship Hinduism

God, David and the Psalms

UC: (PG)


Christmas Around the World

UC: (I)

Who Was Jesus? Who Is Jesus?

UC: Was Jesus the Messiah? (I) (S)

People of Faith


Non-Christian Faith Unit – Muhammad/ Islam

(Five Pillars of faith)

What Do I Think About God?

UC: What Does It Mean if God is Holy and Loving? (G)


How Do Christians Prepare for Christmas?


UC Was Jesus the Messiah? (PG) (G) (KG)


Why is the Exodus Such a Significant Event in Jewish and Christian History?

UC: (PG)

Non- Christian Faith Unit - Judaism

Life As a Journey

UC (PG) (S)

Non –Christian Faith Unit – Pilgrimage – Judaism/Islam

Creation and Science

Conflicting or Complimentary?

UC Unit (C) (F)

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum

Please access the documents below.

Click to Download Reception SMSC Curriculum [pdf 233KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 SMSC Curriculum [pdf 184KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 2 SMSC Curriculum [pdf 184KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 3 SMSC Curriculum [pdf 158KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 4 SMSC Curriculum [pdf 187KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 5 SMSC Curriculum [pdf 187KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 6 SMSC Curriculum [pdf 187KB] Click to Download

Moral Education

As part of the Science curriculum, children will consider health issues including the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and human reproduction. 

Questions, which arise from discussions, will be handled sensitively. The school nurse talks to girls and boys separately in year 6 about bodily changes and adolescent hygiene. Parents considering withdrawing their child from sex education should see the Headteacher.

Religious Education Learning Resources

Please use the links below to access our learning resources.

KS1 Religious Education Resources

KS2 Religious Education Resources