St Stephen's Church of England Primary School and Nursery

'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' Philippians 4:13

Religious Education


At St Stephen's we follow the SDBE Syllabus for RE. The units of study were chosen so that every child in our school receives a high-quality, sequential Religious Education as outlined in the Church of England's Statement of Entitlement. 

In our school, the RE curriculum is designed to offer students a comprehensive understanding of Christian belief and practice, emphasising its uniqueness and diversity.  Teaching in our school engages with biblical text and theological concepts. Our curriculum challenges students by exploring core religious concepts, fostering dialogue with various religions and worldviews, and helping pupils comprehend the role of foundational texts, beliefs, rituals, and practices in shaping identities across cultures and time. RE holds a prominent place in the curriculum, contributes to British values, and supports holistic development. Learning activities cater to diverse needs, nurturing skills like inquiry, analysis, interpretation, and reflection while providing a safe space for personal exploration and informed dialogue with diverse belief systems.

Below are the units our pupils cover while at St. Stephen's and links to the Attainment Targets for each term. 

Year 1

  • God's Creation
  • Saints
  • What is it Like to Live as a Jew?
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Easter Festival
  • Christian Baptism and Marriage

Year 2

  • What is Buddhism?
  • St. Stephen's Day
  • Where is the Light of Christmas?
  • What Does the Lord's Prayer Mean?
  • Easter Symbols
  • Noah
  • Parables

Year 3

  • The Bible
  • Monastic Traditions
  • Advent and Epiphany
  • Joseph
  • Wisdom
  • Easter
  • Hinduism

Year 4

  • Ethical Issues of Exploration
  • Judaism (Jewish Way of Life, Jewish Festivals)
  • Places of Worship
  • Easter People
  • Christmas Journeys

Year 5

  • Miracles of Jesus
  • Christmas Through Music and Art
  • What Does it Mean to be a Muslim?
  • Anglican Church
  • Holy Communion
  • Journey of Life and Death
  • What do Sikhs Believe?

Year 6

  • Liturgy
  • Remembrance
  • Christians Advertising Christmas
  • What Does it Mean to be a Sikh?
  • Beatitudes
  • How Does Easter Offer Hope?
  • Five Pillars of Islam