Religious Education  Intent Statement

Intent- Vision and Aims

‘Christ at the heart of all we do’ is central to our philosophy of religious education. It is the ‘core of the core curriculum’(St. John Paul II). Religious Education is the foundation and at the heart of all our teaching and learning, here at St Robert Southwell. As such, it permeates all areas of the curriculum and influences every aspect of the Catholic life of the school.

At St Robert Southwell Primary School, our Religious Education respects and promotes each child’s innate capacity for wonder, awe, reverence and spirituality. Our Religious Education curriculum leads our children to take inspiration from the Gospel teachings and to aspire not to have more, but to be more; children are taught about God’s love; they learn about their Christian responsibilities; children are provided with experiences of church, Catholic and Christian traditions, as well as being taught to be respectful and understanding of people and traditions from other faith backgrounds.

 Our intent for Religious Education is to provide an inspiring curriculum to develop a deep understanding of the Catholic religion and other faiths. It is our ultimate aim to encourage our children to know and experience God in their lives. We have strong links to St Sebastian & St Pancras Church and our Parish Priest, who contributes to each child’s religious journey. Through thought provoking and challenging lessons, we equip our children with the skills to let them explore, question, discuss and evaluate different values and beliefs. They have the opportunity to lead on all aspects of school worship, living out the Gospel Values and sharing this with the wider community.  

Please see the school website section on Catholic Life


We follow the Westminster Diocesan requirements for all Catholic schools:

  • Classroom Religious Education is resourced as a core subject and allocated at least 10% of teaching time.