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St Pancras Catholic Primary

St Pancras
Catholic Primary School

Religious Education

‘RE is like an iceberg. As you unpack ideas, you come to understand deeper meaning.’

RE in our school is about children learning through shared experiences, building cultural awareness and exploring spiritual and moral issues with confidence, supported by their teachers. RE should permeate every aspect of the curriculum. It should provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life and beliefs about God. Bible stories provide a starting point to develop a growing understanding of their faith and it is through opportunities to explore these stories from the Bible and their meanings, that children can begin to develop a growing understanding of their own beliefs and actions and how these sit alongside the beliefs of others. It develops our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the Catholic ethos and other principal religions and world views. Giving children the opportunity to pray and time for self-reflection enables them to develop a more personal connection and can begin to foster a sense of spirituality.

Religious Education Curriculum Overview 

At St Pancras we use both Come and See (CS) and the Way, the Truth and the Life (WTL) for our RE curriculum. 


Children are introduced to a variety of forms and styles of prayer. 

Praying the Psalms                I thank you for the wonder of my being (Psalm 139) 

Traditional prayers                 Glory be to the Father, Our Father, Hail Mary 

Repetitive prayer (mantra)    Jesus, I love you, repeated several times, slowly    

Meditation                              Scripture reflection with use of imagination  

Bodily prayer                          Raising hands in praise, bowing, dancing,  

Prayer of the heart                Stillness: to listen to God: "Be still and. know that I am God" 

Contemplation                       Looking at trees, a sunset, an icon 

Gestures                                The sign of the cross, the sign of peace  

Hymns                                    Traditional and modern hymns are suggested     

Music                                     Quiet, reflective, music 

Litanies For all creation:       Thanks, be to God  

Processions                           Gospel procession with sung “'alleluia" 

Prayer services and liturgies formal and spontaneous prayer using holy water, candles     

Celebrations                            Prayer, song, sharing food and drink, celebrating work done  

The use of visuals                  Images, art banners, displays, flowers, candles 


The children should also be taught and exposed to the following:  

Year 3 and 4 

Lesson should include the teaching of the following: 


Our Father 

Hail Mary 

Glory Be 

Act of Contrition 

Angel of God 

Morning Offering 

Prayers before and after meals 

Spontaneous prayer 

Knowledge of the Sacraments of: 




Holy Orders 


The structure of the Mass 

Liturgical Year: (knowledge and understanding) 



Holy days of obligation 

Year 5 and 6  

In addition to the lower KS2 school information, the students will have a working knowledge of the areas listed below.  Lessons could include the teaching of the following: 


Apostles Creed 

The Rosary 

The Way of the Cross 

Prayers and Meaning of the Mass 

Spontaneous and Formal prayer 

A variety of prayer styles e.g. Taize. liturgical prayer, traditional prayer, etc 

Preparation for the Sacraments 

Baptism (revise and develop) 

Reconciliation (revise and develop) 

Eucharist (prayers and significance of the Mass) 

Sacrament of the Sick 

Holy Orders 


Sacrament of Matrimony