Church of England School of the Resurrection

Belong, Believe, Achieve

Religious Education

As a Christian school, the Church of England School of the Resurrection, follows the Manchester Diocesan Syllabus for Religious Education, called Questful RE supplemented by Understanding Christianity.  

Each class follows a long term plan, as set out by the syllabus ,with numerous opportunities for children to discuss, raise and answer questions, produce drama, music or art work to complement their learning.

Included in the syllabus are core Christian ideas and values, along with opportunities to learn about other religions such as Islam, the Jewish Faith and Sikhism. Children are encouraged to ask questions that can be explored further during their Religious Education lessons.

Spiritual development within the school, enriches and encourages the pupils' discovery of God the creator and links that to the wonder of the environment. 

Moral development in Religious Education in the school is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, which offer pupils a secure foundation stone on which to make decisions and build their lives.

Social development within the school develops pupils' understanding of what it means to live in a Christian community where Jesus' command to love one another is put into practice.

Cultural development within the school provides opportunities to develop an understanding of Christianity as a world wide, multi-cultural faith, that has an impact on the lives of millions of people.

All children within the school have to opportunity to participate in Barnabas workshops, where children explore different questions every year and we spend a lot of time on Remembrance, creating reflective and thought provoking art installations around the school. 

Year 1 to Year 6 also visit Manchester Cathedral, where they participate in workshops based on what they are learning in school. 


Early Years Foundation Stage- They have Chatterboxes to introduce children to topics using artifacts, books, puppets, pictures and child led discussion. Topics include- Harvest, I am Special, Christmas, Stories Jesus heard, Stories Jesus told, Easter, Special Places and Special Times.

Year 1 topics- Harvest, God and Creation, Christmas: Why do we receive gifts?, Jesus was Special, Easter: Celebrating new life and new beginnings, My World Jesus' World and Why is Baptism Special?

Year 2 topics- The Bible, Christmas: Why was the birth of Jesus such good news?, Jesus, friend to everyone, Easter: How do symbols help us understand the story?, What happened at the Ascension and Pentecost and Why is the Church a special place for Christians?

Year 3 topics- Harvest, Called by God, Christmas: God is with us, Jesus, the man who changed lives, Exploring the sadness and joy of Easter, Which rules should we follow? and Proverbs.

Year 4 topics- God, David and Psalms, Christmas: Exploring the symbolism of light, Jesus, Son of God, Exploring Easter as a story of betrayal and trust, What is Prayer? and Are all Churches the same?

Year 5 topics- How and why do Christians read the Bible?, Christmas: The Gospels-Matthew and Luke, Christmas around the World, Jesus the teacher, Why do Christians believe that Easter is a celebration of victory?, Loss, Death and Christian hope, Pentecost: What happened next?, Exploring the Lives of significant women in the Old Testament and Daniel:Did he make the right choice?

Year 6 topics-Life as a journey and pilgrimage, How do Christians prepare for Christmas, Why is the Exodus such a significant event in Jewish and Christian history?, Why do Christians celebrate the Eucharist?, Easter, who was Jesus? Ascension and Pentecost, Ideas about God and People of Faith.

The Ladder of expectations and achievement in Religious Education

  • Pupils can recall details of stories
  • Pupils can name features of religious life and practice.
  • Pupils can recognise symbols and use some religious words.
  • Pupils talk about their own experiences and feelings, what is of value to themselves and others and what they find interesting and puzzling.


  • Pupils can retell religious stories.
  • Pupils can use religious words to identify features of religious life and practice suggesting meanings for actions and symbols.
  • Pupils can identify different ways in which religion is expressed noticing similarities in religion.
  • Pupils are beginning to ask good questions about their own and others' experiences.
  • Pupils are recognising their own values and the values of others.


  • Pupils can make links between sacred texts/stories and beliefs.
  • Pupils can recognise similarities and differences between key features of religious and use religious vocabulary to describe them.
  • Pupils can identify what influences then and the connections between values, commitments, attitudes and behaviour.
  • Pupils are beginning to identify the impact of religion on believers' lives. 
  • Pupils can describe forms of religious expression.
  • Pupils can ask important and relevant questions about religion and belief.


  • Pupils can recognise similarities and differences within and between religions and make links between them.
  • Pupils can describe the impact of religion on people's lives.
  • Pupils can use religious vocabulary to describe and show understanding of religious texts, actions and beliefs.
  • Pupils are asking and suggesting answers to quality questions about values, meaning, commitments, truth and belonging.
  • Pupils are beginning to apply their own ideas to the experiences of others and describe what inspires and influences them.


  • Pupils can explain the impact of religion on believers' lives and communities.
  • Pupils can suggest possible reasons for distinctive beliefs within and between religions.
  • Pupils can explain how religious texts are used to answer the big questions in life.
  • Pupils can describe why people belong to religions and challenges they face.
  • Pupils ask ultimate questions and can express their own and others' views.