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St Mary's Bentworth

Church of England Primary School

Love, Respect, Belong


As a Church school, RE is a core part of our curriculum. We block our RE learning to allow children to become immersed in the concept they are learning, and have a shared experience with other children in the school.

We have close, strong links with St. Mary’s church (it’s just next door to us!) and each class leads at least one church service in the school year. We have church services for Harvest Festival, Christingle, Christmas, Epiphany, Trinity, Ash Wednesday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, and for our Year 6 leavers in the summer. Classes can also visit St. Mary's at almost any time, to enhance their learning. 

We have a 2-year long term plan to enable us to 'dig deeper' into certain concepts.


Our lead Governor for RE is Cathy Dumelow (Associate Governor.)


This year (2023-24) we are working through Cycle B.


At St Mary’s, the intent of Religious Education is to help children enquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain, to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour; and to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


We follow Hampshire’s agreed syllabus: Living Difference and we use the Understanding Christianity resource. All year groups study Christianity: Sikhism and Judaism in Oak and Ash, and Hinduism and Islam in Lime and Elder. Religious Education is taught in blocked RE days at the beginning of each half term (end of the half term for Christmas and Easter.) We use an enquiry-based approach made up from the following 5 steps:

  • Communicate
  • Apply
  • Enquire
  • Contextualise
  • Evaluate


When our pupils leave St Mary’s, their learning in RE will have contributed to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC.) It will have made a significant contribution and have helped them to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully and contribute positively to life in modern Britain, through practising the skills of tolerance and mutual respect as seen in Fundamental British Values. RE provides us with opportunities to develop pupils’ learning and understanding of people they will meet, work an live alongside.

You can find Living Difference, the agreed RE syllabus for Hampshire here;


Find out more about Understanding Christianity here;

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