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Religious Education

Religious Education Directory

In line with Bishops’ Conference, we are working to implement the new Religious Education Directory, ‘to know you more clearly’. We are working with other Trust and Diocesan schools to ensure an effective and successful implementation, following a carefully constructed timeline of implementation designed by a working party of professionals from across the Diocese of East Anglia.

Timeline for each year group:

Year group

Diocesan training



Summer term 2023

Autumn term 2023

Year One

Autumn term 2023

Spring term 2024

Year Two

Autumn term 2023

Spring term 2024

Year Three

Spring term 2024

Summer term 2024

Year Four

Spring term 2024

Summer term 2024

Year Five

Summer term 2024

Autumn term 2024

Year Six

Summer term 2024

Autumn term 2024

 All primary schools should be fully implementing the new Religious Education Directory by September 2026, as directed by the Bishops’ Conference. The timeline to which we are working fully complies with this.

The Religious Education Directory consists of six branches, across each year group to allow children to discover, develop and deepen their understanding as they move through the school. These are:

Autumn 1

Branch 1: Creation and Covenant

Autumn 2

Branch 2: Prophecy and Promise

Spring 1

Branch 3: Galilee to Jerusalem

Spring 2

Branch 4: Desert to Garden

Summer 1

Branch 5: To the Ends of the Earth

Summer 2

Branch 6: Dialogue and Encounter


RE Curriculum Intent

Through our RE teaching, our intention is to teach all pupils about God’s great love for everyone and the world he created; to develop an understanding of, and ability to reflect on, the ‘Good News’ of Jesus and the beliefs, values, and teachings of the Catholic faith; to become knowledgeable about and show a growing awareness and respect for other faiths and cultures.

RE Curriculum Implementation

The school follows the Diocesan Primary Religious Education Curriculum which incorporates all aspects of the ‘Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools’. The scheme provides opportunities for the children to learn about the beliefs, traditions, and teachings of the Catholic Church and about the celebration and ritual of worship. They investigate how faith is reflected in the social practices and moral decisions of life. They learn to talk about their own experiences and feelings and to respect those of others. They are encouraged to engage with questions of meaning and purpose, questions that are sometimes difficult to answer. Judgements on the impact of the RE curriculum on pupils are based upon evidence from regular ‘drop-in’ lesson observations and outcomes of pupil assessments. ‘Drop-in’ lesson observations follow a schedule and occur regularly: with prompt staff feed-back focused on strengths and areas for development. Pupils are assessed at the end of each RE teaching unit: with teachers making judgements for each pupil against ‘I can statements’- working towards, expected, and greater depth.