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At St James C of E Infant and Nursery School', Religious Education is both a core academic subject on our curriculum and a subject that allows children to be inspired, to reflect and ask questions that are complex, exciting and enable them to deepen their understanding of the wider world around them. The curriculum enables children to study a range of religious and worldviews and reflect on their own opinions. We provide opportunities for children to understand how our school values are rooted in the Christian faith, and also to recognise how these values are widely held across many key world religions and worldviews.


Here at St James’ we live by our school values:

• Courage

• Kindness

• Love

• Forgiveness

• Respect

• Friendship


These values are integrated into our everyday teaching and learning. We also refer to them discretely in our religious lessons.  These are embodied through our school mission statement: '


Teach children to choose the right path, and when they are older they will remain upon it' Proverbs 22:6


.RE is a vibrant and exciting subject to teach. We teach our lessons by using and adapting the planning and advice from Carlisle Diocese and RE Today's Understanding Christianity which explores the significant theological concepts within Christianity as part of developing their wider religious, theological and cultural literacy. As well as learning about religious beliefs and practices, we also learn through religion and apply principles to other aspects of life.


We aim to teach and model to our pupil’s the understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people's behaviour, practices and outlook. Through our Religious Education curriculum, we aim to engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion, faith and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We believe it is important to provide our pupils with the knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious faiths, traditions and beliefs represented in Great Britain and the wider world. We encourage pupils to develop a positive attitude towards people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.


Subject Leader for RE is Mrs J Cocksedge 


RE Curriculum Overview

RE progression sequence

Cumbria Agreed RE Syllabus