St Mary's RC Primary School

Live, Learn, Love.


Religious Education is at the core of our school. We follow a Religious Education programme which aims to strengthen our Catholic faith. The primary purpose of Catholic Education is the step by step study of the mystery of Christ, the teaching of the Church and its application in daily life, therefore the principle aims of the school in terms of the Religious Education which it provides are: 


  • To lead the children to a deepening knowledge and understanding of our Catholic Faith.
  • To provide opportunities for the children to develop a loving relationship with God and their neighbours.
  • To encourage children to respect and be fully aware of the needs of others as equal members of God’s creation.


The Dr Margaret Carswell Framework Model, which is taught in a three year cycle and which links to the liturgical year, is used to deliver the Religious Education curriculum. The content of this Model offers a systematic programme of study which comprehensively covers all the strands and requirements of the Curriculum Directory. Each topic plan sets out the areas taught from Revelation, Church, Celebration and Life in Christ ensuring progression and depth of provision.

Curriculum Map for Nursery and Reception


Autumn 1

Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2


In the


From Advent

to Christmas

A People of


From Lent to


From Easter

to Pentecost

The Good Samaritan
FocusThe creation story

Luke's Christmas story

Jesse Tree

The Feast of the Epiphany

The Lord's Prayer


Palm Sunday

Holy Thursday

Good Friday


Post Resurrection




New life


The Good Samaritan



Curriculum Map for Year 1 - 6


Year A


Year B


Year C


Autumn 2nd

A1 From Advent to Christmas

  • The O Antiphons
  • The Birth of Jesus – the Gospel of Matthew
  • Matthew’s titles for Jesus

B1 From Advent to Christmas

  • Lectio Divina
  • Christmas around the world

C1 From Advent to Christmas

  • Advents rituals
  • The Birth of Jesus – the Gospel of Luke.
  • Mary: ‘Theotokos’
  • Local Christmas customs
Spring 1st

A2 A People of Prayer

  • Epiphany
  • The Beatitudes
  • The Lord’s Prayer

B2 Jesus at Prayer

  • The Exodus
  • Passover
  • Passover today

C2 Being a Sacramental Person

  • Sacramentality: God in everyday life
  • Sacraments of Healing
Spring 2nd

A3 From Lent to Easter

  • Almsgiving, Penance and Prayer
  • Easter from the Gospel of Matthew
  • The Easter Liturgies

B3 From Lent to Easter

  • The Examen
  • Easter from the Gospel of Mark
  • The Last Supper
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist

C3 From Lent to Easter

  • The Stations of the Cross
  • Easter from the Gospel of Luke
  • The ‘real presence’ of God in the Eucharist.
Summer 1st

A4 From Easter to Pentecost

  • The Resurrection from the Gospel of Matthew
  • The Pentecost Liturgy
  • Pope Francis

B4 From Easter to Pentecost

  • The Resurrection from the Gospel of Mark
  • Pentecost People

C4 From Easter to Pentecost

  • The Resurrection/Post‐resurrection appearances from the Gospel of Luke
  • Luke’s Story of
  • Pentecost Caritas
Summer 2nd

A5 Matthew’s Gospel: The Kingdom of God

  • Parables of the Kingdom; The Gospel of Matthew
  • Nelson Mandela

B5 Mark’s Gospel: Discipleship

  • Discipleship; The Gospel of Mark

C5 Luke’s Gospel: The Good Samaritan

  • The Good Samaritan; the Gospel of Luke
  • The cardinal virtues
  • St John Southworth
Autumn 1st

A6 Beginning with Church

  • The Sacraments of Initiation

B6 Beginning with God

  • One God: monotheism
  • The Burning Bush
  • Biblical metaphors for God
  • Trinity
  • The Nicene Creed

C6 In the Beginning

  • The Genesis stories of Creation
  • Creation as a source of revelation
  • Praying the Psalms: Jewish and Christian Worship

* All ‘6’ (A6, B6, C6) resources are taught at the beginning of the academic year. These resources complete the Liturgical year before the new year begins at Advent


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