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St Matthews CofE Primary School

St Matthew's

Church of England Primary School

"Our vision is to enable our whole school community to live life in all its fullness." based on John 10:10

Religious Education

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.

Recently, we carried out a children's survey to see what they think and feel about RE within our school community. Here are some of their responses. 

‘It’s fun because we do drama, talk in a group, and I learn new things’- Year 4

‘I loved the Gurdwara trip because we could try different food, learn more about Sikhism, and have the whole experience’- Year 4 about year 3

‘ I found Peace most interesting as we could learn about what it actually is.’ Year 4

‘ I have learnt how to be friends with God’- Year 3

‘I think learning about God is really interesting.’- Year 1

‘I enjoyed writing about Jesus’ birth on Twitter.’- Year 3

‘I now know what Christmas is really about.’- Year 3

(about Insight) ‘It was fun having the lady in and learning about the secret messages.’- Year 3


The children’s Faith team have met to discuss why learning about different religions is fun:

We get to learn that not all religions follow the same rituals and that their decisions are right for them (Phoebe)

I respect what others’ believe. Some religions follow really strict rules, they meditate and get up really early to pray. It’s really good to learn about others’ experiences of religion (Dhruv)

It’s always good to work with different people and see what they believe in different religions (Oliver)

I always find it easier to pray out loud and not in my head (Isabelle)

By Olivia  in Year 3 - the homework task was to design a poster to celebrate our diverse communities, and our differences.