St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith, Love and Learning


“It is better—much better—to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver.” (Proverbs 16:16)


  • Religious Education (RE) is seen as ‘the core of core’ subjects.
  • Children have the opportunity to explore the teachings of the Catholic Church which are revealed through the Word, in scripture, tradition, doctrine, prayers, rites and Christian living.
  • Pupils understand how the teachings of the Catholic Church influence our behaviour and actions, with Christ at the centre of everything we do.
  • For all children to become familiar with the liturgical year and how this impacts the life of the school.
  • Pupils are exposed to religious vocabulary and can use this in an appropriate context.
  • For all children to develop an understanding of respect for those of other faiths and none.


Year 1-6

  • Religious Education (RE) is taught using ‘Come and See’ – a scheme of work recommended by Liverpool Archdiocese.
  • Each term, the children study topics to develop their understanding of: Church, Sacraments and Christian Living.
  • Each topic lasts for 4 weeks:

Week 1 – Explore – exploration of the children’s own lived experiences

Weeks 2-3 – Reveal – learning about the Catholic faith through scripture.

Week 4 – Respond – Pupils reflect on and celebrate their learning, which ends with a collective worship.

  • Other faiths – In the Autumn term, pupils learn about Judaism during ‘other faiths week’ and in the Spring term, pupils learn about Islam, Hinduism or Budhism on a three year rotation.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

  • RE is taught using ‘To know You more clearly’ from the new Religious Education Directory.
  • It is taught in whole class teaching sessions and through continuous provision.
  • There are 6 branches that make up the topics- these are in line with the liturgical year.
  • In each branch children will:

Hear – listen to the scripture from the Bible.

Believe – explore what Christians believe from the scripture they have heard

Celebrate – children consider how we act as Christians to celebrate what we hear and believe.

Live – Linked to Catholic Social Teaching, children explore how we live out the scripture in our everyday lives.



Assessment – In all classes, assessment for Learning (AfL) is ongoing and informs future planning. At the end of each topic, teachers assess pupils against the standard indicators. This informs end of term assessment, which is tracked by SLT. Assessment is moderated termly both internally and externally with the cluster group.

  • Pupils have a good understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church at an age appropriate level.
  • Pupils’ behaviour in school is exemplary and they live out the school mission and Gospel values daily.
  • Because pupils are regularly provided with opportunities to reason, they have a rich religious vocabulary, which they use confidently.
  • Children have an understanding of key events in the liturgical year and how they influence the life of the school.
  • All pupils respect other faiths, religions and beliefs and show interest in their teachings and, traditions and places of worship.



During the Autumn term, children learn about Judaism.  The children learn about how their Jewish brothers and sisters live and what they believe as the theme develops.
Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism are taught on a three year cycle in the summer term.   The themes covered in each year group remain the same as those covered in Judaism.