Religious Education

At Cathedral Primary School, we want our children to develop a deep understanding of religious and non religious world views, so that they may consider how to live their own lives and answer life’s big questions. We  want to prepare them for the diverse culture of modern Britain and to develop an empathetic understanding of each other and others in the community. We explore core theological concepts, enabling pupils to develop knowledge and skills in making sense of religious texts. They connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief, of themselves, the world and human experience (Understanding Christianity).

This is implemented through our Religious Education (RE) curriculum, in which the children learn about the major world religions and also encounter non-religious world views while exploring ‘big’ questions. In their RE journey, the children encounter Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism and explore questions such as ‘Why is our world special?’ and ‘How do we celebrate our journey through life?’. As they move through the school, their knowledge of religious values and customs is deepened, with specific units of study dedicated to understanding what it means to belong to particular faiths.  Before transitioning to secondary school, the children explore further philosophical questions, such as ‘How do we make moral choices?’ and ‘Who inspires us to live life well?’. 

You can see a full overview of the intent, implementation and impact of our RE curriculum here.

Click here to see our curriculum progression document. 

Below you can see a pictorial version of the RE curriculum journey our children will take in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  


Our aim is that children become confident and articulate in expressing their understanding of different religious values, customs and views. You can see the children's journey through the RE curriculum in the two images.  Start at the bottom of the path and journey through the year groups in Reception and Key Stage One on the left and Key Stage Two on the right; or see below to see them separately and larger.