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RE and Collective Worship

Religious Education

Welcome to R.E. at The Academy at St James! 

Click below to watch our Summer term video, showing the R.E. learning that has taken place across school this term!


As part of our work on spirituality and RE we have been creating ‘reflection spaces’ in school which pupils can use throughout the day.
We are trying to make them engaging, easy to use and led by the pupils.
Our worship council went round and looked at these and discussed what they thought about them and gave some feedback to our staff. Our worship council have high expectations!

Ascension Day 

On Thursday 26th May, the whole school celebrated and reflected on Ascension Day. This day is very important in the Christian calendar and is 40 days since Jesus rose again on Easter Sunday.
The worship council led us in this celebration and then to show our understanding of this all the pupils in school blew bubbles to symbolise Jesus rising back up to see his Father.
It was a beautiful service led by our pupils and gave us time to reflect and pause for a moment.








RE Summer 2 celebration

Take a look at our R.E. video for our learning across school in Spring term!


Take a look at our R.E. video for our learning across school in Autumn term!

Our R.E. Vision:

R.E vision

As a church school at St James, we firmly believe that Religious Education is essential to our wider understanding of ourselves and the local and global communities we live in. Our R.E. intent is to provide children with the opportunity to understand themselves, their beliefs and those of the wider world around them, whilst thinking in a questioning and enquiring way.

Alongside other subject leaders, we have created a curriculum that builds on prior learning and skills throughout the different year groups, both for Christianity using the (Understanding Christianity resource) and other religions/faith enquiries.

Click on the link to see our Long Term Plan for R.E. for 2021-23:



Our R.E. Overview provides more information on what will be covered by each year group – including recurring themes – and an outline of the progression our children will make, as they continue their Religious Education at St James.

The image below shows the overview for Reception. Please click on the link to see the progression throughout school from EYFS to Year 6.

RE subject Overview


Our R.E. display in the dining hall, which was inspired by Understanding Christianity.


Key links:
St. James Church:

Understanding Christianity:

Diocese of Leeds (Anglican):


For more information regarding R.E. and Collective Worship, please contact school.

“Pray that God will make us strong and give us peace.”  Psalm 29:11

“Those who trust in God will find new strength.” Isiah 40:31

“Show love in everything you do.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Be kind and merciful and forgive others as God forgives you.” Ephesians 4:32

“Be strong and courageous. I will be with you.” Joshua 1:8



Below are a selection of photos celebrating collective worship at our school.





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