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The Curriculum Intent for RE can be summarised in these ways:

  • To engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community.
  • Using the Building Learning Power approach, our pupils will explore opportunities to question theories and ideologies of different religions, collaborate with others by sharing their own knowledge and views respectfully.
  • To the develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • For children to have a coherent understanding of Christian belief and practice.
  • Explore the significant theological concepts within Christianity
  • Compare the similarities between Christianity and wider religions and cultures.
  • Promote respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs
  • A learner - centered teaching approach. Use of DRICE to ensure learners deepen thinking, learning is role - modelled appropriately, pupils are challenged and engaged.
  • Encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.


Here at St James' the  planning of Religious Education has been implemented in line with the current 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.


We have strong links with the local church and as a school we attend regularly for worship alongside Christian celebrations.  Mrs Jones, the Lay reader from St James' church is a familiar and welcome face here in school and she leads regular worship both in school as well as in church. 


Our RE Subject Leader is Mrs Joanne Cocksedge.