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St Matthews CofE Primary School

St Matthew's

Church of England Primary School

Believing, Achieving, Succeeding


Our RE curriculum is wide and varied. Children learn about the Christian religion and other faiths, including Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. The children love to visit places of worship and are keen to learn about how people express their beliefs.

We visit our local church for services celebrating Harvest Festival, Christmas, Easter and for a Leavers’ Service at the end of the year.

Our curriculum overview shows what each year group covers, please see it attached at the bottom of this page. 

The children have devised our own school prayer to be recited in collective worship.
It is as follows:-

Dear God

Thank you for our families and friends,

Thank you for nature, the food we eat and the homes we live in,

Thank you for our school.

Help us to try hard in everything we do,

Help us to look after each other,

Help us to love learning.

May our school be a happy place.

Please may we become more like you day by day.


Some of the pupils from the School Council said the following (about the school prayer).

‘Our School Prayer makes me think of the links between the school and St Matthew’s Church.’

‘Our school is a safe place and I feel closer to God when we have our prayer.’

‘Isabella, one of the pupils who attends Bible Club every week said,

’You learn more about the Bible and we get closer to God. It’s a fun club, not all serious. We learn stories through craft and games.’

Visit from Jane from Barnabas in Schools

 Year 1 had a visit from Barnabas in Schools.  They looked at the story of the Good Samaritan and considered "Who is my neighbour?"

Using games and drama, Jane helped them think about when and how they could help others. They then read and acted out the story of Jesus healing a man with leprosy.

They thought about how sad he would have been when no one wanted anything to do with him and how happy he would have been when he was healed.

The session concluded with the children being invited to pray for people in their lives who they thought needed help.

Further visit from Jane for Year 6 

Year 6 were visited by the Barnabas Trust and each class had a workshop on Advent which explored the events of the Bible that lead up to Christmas. Using a mixture of interactive and reflective storytelling, drama and activities, they used their imagination to step into the concepts and stories for themselves. In so doing, they considered the excitement and the dilemmas of people involved at the time, and responded with what they themselves thought about these stories.