Teaching Religious Eductaion

John 14:5-7

“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

In RE at St Joseph's Catholic Primary, we follow the ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ syllabus. This scheme of work, whilst covering the essential theological content, gives all our learners a clear understanding of what and why they are being asked to study and how this learning will enrich their lives and the lives of others. Learning about the Catholic faith leads to learning from the Catholic faith.

The centrality of the Mass in the lives of Catholics is present throughout the teaching and learners can explore this together in ways that are appropriate for each age group. The scheme of work presents children with meaningful activities, requiring a wide range of skills, which help to develop their religious understanding and knowledge and encourage their appreciation of Christ’s most wonderful gift to us.

‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ is firmly rooted in scripture. It presents Catholicism as a world Church, open to the truth in other religions and it encourages learners to engage with and discuss the big issues in our world today.

The Way the Truth and the Life scheme is implemented from Early years through to Year 6. Each year is split into 6 topics, one per half term and is organised to coincide with major events in the liturgical year. Each year group studies a different topic.

Foundation & Key Stage 1


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


F1 God's World

F2 God's family

F3 Getting to know Jesus

F4 Sorrow and joy

F5 New Life

F6 Church

Year 1

1.1 God's great plan

1.2 Mary mother of God

1.3 Families & celebrations

1.4 Following Jesus

1.5 Resurrection

1.6 Miracles

Year 2

2.1 Chosen people

2.2 Mysteries

2.3 The Good News

2.4 The Mass

2.5 Eastertide

2.6 Birth of the Church


Key Stage 2


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

3.1 The Christian Church

3.2 Mary our Mother

3.3 Called to Change

3.4 Eucharist

3.5 Celebrating Easter and Pentecost

3.6 Being a Christian

Year 4

4.1 The Bible

4.2 Trust in God

4.3 Jesus the Teacher

4.4 Jesus the Saviour

4.5 The Mission of the Church

4.6 Belonging to the Church

Year 5

5.1 Gifts from God

5.2 The Commandments

5.3 Inspirational people

5.4 Reconciliation

5.5 Life in the risen Jesus

5.6 People of other faiths

Year 6

6.1 The Kingdom of God

6.2 Justice

6.3 Exploring the Mass

6.4 Jesus, the Messiah

6.5 The Transforming Spirit

6.6 Called to serve


RE teaching is delivered through discreet lessons and represents 10% of teaching time.