Curriculum Intent for Religious Education

In this subject, the children will have the opportunity to deepen knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith. We regard religious Education as more than a curriculum subject. It is something that guides every area of our school. As a Catholic school, we aim to educate the whole child and our ethos is inseparable from the curriculum. Children will have the opportunity to learn about God’s love and discover their Christian responsibilities and how they should pray and care for others. They learn to examine how to react to different emotions following the example that God and Jesus set for us.
They will be supported and challenged to know more and remember more enabling them to reach the end points for each key stage. This will equip them to succeed in education and in adult life, and to make a positive contribution to society for the common good.

Please look at the parents’ letters for each term to see when the topics will be starting as well as suggestions for activities to do at home.

RE LTP 2023 2024

Religion Lessons At Holy Cross

An Introduction to Catholic Education

RE Themes and Topics

RE Progression 

Items Used at Mass

Prayers at Holy Cross

Parents Letter Advent Term 2023 


Religious Education Implementation

At Holy Cross, as we a are Catholic School, we are required to dedicate 10% of our timetable to RE. As part of the Nottingham Diocese, we follow the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education programme. The ‘Come and See’ scheme of work is a progressive curriculum for Religious Education from EYFS through to Year 6. Teachers use this to develop and enhance quality religious education opportunities, thus providing pupils with a rich and engaging education in the Catholic faith as well as other faiths.

Each year group from EYFS to Year 6 has a focus topic/theme they are taught throughout the academic year. These topics coincide with the church’s liturgical calendar.

The pupil’s study three themes each term, the themes are:

    • Advent term: Our church – Family, Baptism and Confirmation – Belonging, Advent and Christmas – Loving.
    • Lent term: Local church – Community, Eucharist – Relating, Lent and Easter – Giving.
    • Pentecost term: Pentecost – Serving, Reconciliation – Inter-relating, Universal church – World.

At Holy Cross, the pupils have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith through a variety of teaching methods and resources, which include stories from the Bible, creative outlets such as art, songs and hymns, role play, videos and discussion.

Jesus is at the centre of all our learning, and this reflected in our School Mission Statement: ‘Every day is a journey with Christ. As one community, we inspire, encourage, and challenge each other to become confident, independent learners. We live, grow, learn and pray together in faith, showing God’s love in all we do and say.’