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RE and Collective Worship

Religious Education

As a Church of England School, Religious Education has a significant place as a core subject in the curriculum at the Academy at St. James. Taught by their class teacher, each child receives their entitlement of R.E. lessons, which equates to one hour each week. These lessons follow the agreed R.E. syllabus of the Leeds Diocese. We also have a strong link to St James Church in Thornton and Rev. Harry Gwinnett, who assists our learning and worship opportunities.

Our Religious studies are supported by the Understanding Christianity resource, which provides a sequential teaching sequence aimed to ensure the children’s progression of skills and learning of key Biblical texts. The three strands of learning are: Making Sense of the Text, which involves reading and comprehending key messages; Making Connections in relation to the children’s experiences and knowledge of other texts; Understand the Impact on the daily lives of people practising faiths (including different denominations of Christianity) around the world.


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

Whilst Christianity is given a greater share of learning time, other world faiths and non-religious views are also part of the school’s R.E. curriculum. Living in a diverse community, it is vital that children have access to learning about different religions and have the chance to explore a range of views. Our school is also dedicated to offering experiences for the children to develop their understanding of religion. We invite visitors to discuss their faith, and are in the process of organising trips to places of worship in the 2019/20 academic year.

In addition to the learning in R.E. lessons, there are other opportunities for the children to engage with faith and investigate their own and others’ opinions and beliefs. This includes considering the reasons why some people do not have a faith. Across the curriculum, big question discussions in oracy sessions encourage deeper thinking and ideas to be contributed, listened to and debated.


Key links:
St. James Church:

Understanding Christianity:

Diocese of Leeds (Anglican):


For more information regarding RE and Collective Worship please follow the links below:

RE Vision 

RE Long Term Plan


“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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