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Religious Education

St John’s is a Church of England Aided school and as such we recognise the importance of Religious Education. As a school we have taken note of the requirements of the National Curriculum in England framework document (2014/2015) which states that, “All schools are also required to teach religious education at all key stages.” and that, “Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and in society, (see SMSC Policy)                 
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.



In light of this the Governors have established the following Aims for R.E. at St John’s:

Children should be taught about Christianity in a way that is open and without pressure so that they are helped to consider and develop their own beliefs, values and attitudes. We respect the faith stances of all our children and families.  Children will be helped to learn about other world faiths, particularly those that are present in our school. Through this we will aim to promote tolerance and sensitivity.  Children will be taught about Christianity and other faiths in a way which helps them to understand what it means to hold a religious way of life.

Through R.E., children will be helped to develop a reflective approach to life in the context of understanding, experience, belief and religious practices.


St. John’s has decided to adopt the Oxford Diocesan Syllabus for the teaching of RE (Sept 2017) and we use the schemes of work to support our teaching. To further enhance our work as a Church of England School, the R.E. curriculum is supported by the Understanding Christianity Programme of Study.


The Agreed Syllabus has four aims for R.E.:


  • To enable pupils to understand the nature, role and influence of different religions, traditions, beliefs and lifestyles in the world
  • To pursue personal quest for meaning, purpose and value
  • To formulate reasoned opinions / arguments in relation to controversial issues and truth claims
  • To develop understanding of and respect for different beliefs and lifestyles