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St Michael With St John Church of England Primary School

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Year 1

The RE curriculum is built around three main strands consisting of  ‘Believing’ which focuses on Religious beliefs, the teachings, sources and questions about meaning, purpose and truth. Expressing is the second strand which considers Religious forms of expressing and questions about identity and diversity. The final strand living is based around how people live out their beliefs through practices, ways of life and the values and commitments linked to them.



Year 1 and 2 children continue the study of religion by ‘exploring’ the learning that has taken place in EYFS from the ‘discovering’ focus introduced to them.

Autumn 1 begins with the question What does it mean to belong to a faith community? from the Living strand, started in EYFS with the question ‘Being special where do I belong?’ the QRE Unit Baptism then helps to develop the Christian beliefs.


In Autumn 2 children develop their question from EYFS of ‘What times are special and why?’ Into the expressing strand by asking ‘How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? This is supplemented further by the QRE unit of Christmas.


Spring 1 asks the question ‘Who is a Christian and what do they believe?’ from the believing strand.

In Spring 2 the unit studied is taken from the QRE Unit 1.5 Easter, 

Summer 1 and 2 focuses on ‘What makes some places sacred?’ Taken from the expressing strand, which is linked to the EYFS question of ‘What places are special and why?’ This is further enhanced by the QRE Unit ‘The Church’.