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Religious Education Curriculum

At our school, we use the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education programme from EYFS to Year 6. It is based on the theological foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and the revised RE Curriculum Directory.

Further information about our RSE programme can be found on the curriculum area of the website or by clicking here.

The Bishops of England and Wales said, ‘Religious Education is about engaging with deepest questions of life and finding reasons for the hope which is within them’ (Religious Education in a Catholic School, 2000)

Our learning in Religious Education is directed through the use of key questions with the aim that our curriculum is more imaginative and challenging. A key question should also be relevant to the children’s interests and concerns.

As such, every topic starts and ends with answering the Big Question, allowing children to delve into the question, reflect upon their learning, and most importantly, make links between areas of learning. 

‘Come and See’ provides:

  • Opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection.
  • Children with the language of religious experience.
  • Opportunities to explore and develop religious stories and events.
  • Appropriate materials about other faiths.

Overview of Content:

The process for delivering the topics in ‘Come and See’ has three stages – Explore, Reveal and Respond which enables the pupils with the development of knowledge, understanding, skills and the fostering of attitudes. The nine topics are subdivided as follows:

Autumn Term

Topic EYFS (Nursery/ Reception) Year 1 Year 2
Domestic Church - Family


I am loved and important to God: being part of God's family


Just like in a family, God loves and cares for us, and we can trust him


God's presence in every beginning: God made us and loves us. 

Baptism - Belonging


Baptism as a welcome into the church family.


Symbols and prayers within the sacrament of Baptism

Signs and symbols

Signs and symbols within the sacrament of baptism

Advent/Christmas - Loving 


When we celebrate Christmas, we are celebrating Jesus' birth


Some aspects of the liturgical season of Advent: a time of waiting to celebrate Jesus’ coming at Christmas.


Advent, four weeks of preparation for the celebration of Jesus at Christmas.

Other religion




Abraham and Moses



Topic Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Domestic Church - Family


God’s vision for every family


The family of God in Scripture


Created in the image and likeness of God

Loving -

God who never stops loving 

Baptism - Belonging Promises - Promises made at Baptism Called- Confirmation: a call to witness

Life choices- 

Marriage, commitment and service

Vocation and Commitment -

The vocation of priesthood and religious life

Advent/Christmas - Loving

Visitors -

waiting for the coming of Jesus

Gift -

God’s gift of love and friendship in Jesus


waiting in the joyful hope for Jesus, the promised one

Expectations - Jesus born to show God to the world

Other religion - Judaism


Torah Passover   Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur

Spring Term

Topic EYFS (Nursery and Reception) Year 1 Year 2
Local Church

Celebrating -

People celebrate in Church

Special People-

People in the parish family


The books used in Church - Old and New Testament


Gathering -

Parish family gathers to celebrate Eucharist


Mass, Jesus’ special meal


Mass, a special time to thank God



Looking forward to Easter


Lent: a time for change


Lent: an opportunity to start anew

Other faith - Islam Prayer mats Muhammad Prayer at home


Topic Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Local Church

Journey -

Christian family’s journey with Christ

Community - 

Life in the local Christian community and ministries in the parish


Continuing Jesus' mission in diocese (ecumenism)

Sources -

The Bible, the special book for the Church

Eucharist Listening & Sharing Jesus gives himself to us Giving and receiving- Living in communion Memorial sacrifice- Eucharist as the living memorial of Christ's sacrifice

Unity -

Eucharist enabling people to live in communion


Giving all -

Lent: remembering Jesus’ total giving

Self discipline- Celebrating growth to new life

Sacrifice -

Lent: a time of aligning with the sacrifice made by Jesus

Death & new life - Celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection
Other religion - Islam The Mosque Qur’an Ramadan and Pilgrimage Guidance for Muslims

Summer term

Topic EYFS (Nursery and Reception Year 1 Year 2


Passing on the Good News of Jesus

Holidays and Holydays -

Pentecost: feast of the Holy Spirit

Spread the word - Pentecost: a time to spread the Good News
Reconciliation/Anointing of the sick


Friends of Jesus

Being Sorry-

God helps us choose well


Reasons for rules in the Christian family

Universal Church

Our World-

God’s wonderful world


God’s treasure; the world


Neighbours - Neighbours share God’s world


Topic Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Pentecost ENERGY - Gifts of the Holy Spirit NEW LIFE - To hear and live the Easter message TRANSFORMATION - Celebration of the Spirit’s transforming power WITNESSES - The Holy Spirit enables people to become witnesses
Reconciliation/Anointing of the sick

CHOICES - Importance of examination of conscience

BUILDING BRIDGES - Admitting wrong, being reconciled with God and each other FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY Commandments enable Christians to be free & responsible HEALING - Sacrament of the Sick
Universal Church SPECIAL PLACES - Holy places for Jesus and the Christian community

GOD’S PEOPLE - Different saints show people what God is like
STEWARDSHIP - The Church is called to the stewardship of Creation
COMMON GOOD - Work of the worldwide Christian family