St Michael and All Angels CE Primary and Pre-School

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Religious Education

Religious Education

We have a carefully planned curriculum combining two schemes:

  • Understanding Christianity
  • Believing and Belonging (the agreed syllabus for Religious Education in Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds)

By using these schemes alongside each other, we are ensuring children are given the opportunity to become religiously literate. 


Understanding Christianity is based upon seven core Christian concepts. Children will explore the different concepts in a range of inspiring activities as they move through the school, starting in Foundation Stage and developing a great depth of understanding by the time they reach Year 6.

Believing and Belonging is used alongside Understanding Christianity to ensure that children are given opportunities to explore a wide range of different religions throughout their time in Primary School.


As a church school Christianity forms at least 50% of our teaching.  However, it is vital to us that all our pupils know and understand about all faiths, races and cultures with respect so they are able to express ideas and insights.  Therefore the teaching of other faiths is imperative to contribute to the development of their own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.


It is through using these two schemes alongside each other that we are providing children with a holistic and balanced RE curriculum. We use a variety of teaching methods including art, music, discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures, stories, and the use of reflection.


Pupils will engage in an RE curriculum that will equip them with the knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. Pupils will leave our school with an awareness and appreciation of other religions, the ability to participate positively in our diverse society and to respect the cultures and beliefs of others. 

Religious Education Overview

Religious Education Skills Progression

Celebration Newsletter for Interfaith Week

Hand to Mouth Workshops