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Religious Education

At The Cathedral School of St Mary we aim to fulfil the aims of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, Religious Education (RE)  which is primarily taught through the ‘Come and See’ programme of work. It is taught through the process of Explore, Reveal and Respond. We dedicate one week per term to the teaching of other world religions including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.


Come and See Themes and Topics across Year Groups


In preparation for the new Religious Education Directory - 'To Know You More Clearly' (Statutory from September 2025), our EYFS and Years 3 and 4 Class are both in their first year of delivering a new curriculum that focuses on the new documentation. 


The classes units are taught termly and cover six branches being; Creation and Covenant, Prophecy and Promise, Galilee to Jerusalem, Desert to Garden, To the Ends of the Earth and Encounter and Dialogue. The school is working closely with both Plymouth and Clifton Diocese to write the materials for this curriculum. Please see the relevant classes for more details. 



The aims of RE (as stated in the Religious Education Curriculum Directory) are:


  • To present engagingly a comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
  • To present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary society;
  • To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
  • To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life;
  • To stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils to relate to the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
  • To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.

Religious Education Curriculum Directory, Department of Catholic Education and Formation, Bishops Conference of England and Wales 2012