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The Intent of the RE Curriculum at Holy Family

At Holy Family, we provide our children with a religious education that encourages understanding of others and the world around them, providing opportunities for children to ask questions and learn about Christainity. We aim for religious education lessons and experiences to be unlike any other in school to create the opportunity for not only learning about the Catholic Faith, but also awe, wonder, reverence and spirituality in a creative way. 


We are committed to valuing and respecting every individual as being created special and unique, in the likeness and image of God. We learn about God's love and explore our Christain responsibilities, so our children can learn about their unique place within the home, school and parish community. 


We learn about and explore Catholic and Christain traditions, alongside traditions from other faith backgrounds, so we can develop an understanding and respect for all and the world around us. Visits and hands on experiences allow opportunities for children to explore and understand religions and their traditions and experience them for themselves. 



In year 3, the children have completed our journey topic. The children have learnt more about the structure of the Liturgical year and its special times such as Feast days. They have looked at the church through different seasons, and the Mysteries of the Rosary. 

FS2 Prayer Bear

In FS2, Prayer Bear will be going home with children to help them learn their prayers.


I’m just a little Prayer Bear,
I’ll sit upon your bed
It’s my job to remind you
When your prayers should be said.

When you put me on your pillow
As you make your bed each day
Remember as you hold me,
To take the time to pray.

Then when you go to bed at night
And put me on the floor,
Remember to take the time to kneel
And say your prayers once more.

Year 6 - Local Church - Community

Year 6 studied the Bible in great detail, understanding the Gospels, different books within the Bible and a range of scripture

Nursery - Birthday - Advent/Christmas

In Nursery we have been learning about Birthdays. We have been getting better at knowing that in Advent we are waiting for Jesus' birthday which is at Christmas.

During Advent, Year 6 learnt about the time of expectation, the prophet's expectation of the Messiah, Mary's expectation, the word of God, John the Baptist's expectation and that Christ will come again.

During the season of Advent, Year 4 have learned that God’s gift of Jesus is a gift of love to all people and that Jesus reveals God’s love for humanity.

FS2 Parish Christmas Cards

Children in Reception chose their design to make a special Parish Christmas card.

Year 1: Waiting: The Story of the Christingle

In year 1, we have been discussing the story of Christingle. We created our own to take home.

Year 1: Waiting: Advent

Year 1 learnt about Advent being a time for waiting and we created our own Advent Calendar to help us wait.

Year 1: Waiting: Advent Wreaths

Year 1 are getting better at understanding that the Advent wreath helps us as we wait for Christmas.


The children have been discussing the importance of a Jesse Tree, and have designed Advent symbols which represent the family of Jesus.

Y3-Celebration of the word

In Celebration of the word, Y3 have used the word from Matthew 2:1-12 “The visit of the three wise men”. The children have been praying to God to ask for guidance on how we can welcome our own visitors.

Y3-Prayer liturgy

Y3 talked about the word “ By this is all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”-John 13:35

Y3 have created prayers, and decided how they can echo this word by playing together, and looking after each other with care throughout school time.

Year 6 - Judaism

Year 6 enjoyed learning about another faith - Judaism. They learnt about the values of Yom Kipper

In RE, Year 6 learnt about commitment in life, the vocation of the priesthood and religious life and celebrated the word through reflection and prayer

Year 6 Celebration of the Word - Vocation and Commitment

Nursery - Belonging

Nursery learnt about welcoming people into our school class and welcoming a new baby home. We learnt about belonging to our own family and God's family. We acted out a Baptism in our class taking turns to do the different roles.

Y3-Prayer Liturgy

Y3s mission in Prayer Liturgy was to pray for the needs of others.

FS2 - RE - Belonging

Y3-Learning Journey-Promises

Y3 have enjoyed learning about the importance of promises, and how and when we should keep them. Y3 have enjoyed learning about the promises made at Baptism. 

Year 2 Remembrance Service

Year 2 Remembrance Service 

Year 2 gathered with Year 1 in the Prayer garden outside for a Remembrance service. 

We shared prayers and reflected, thinking of those who gave their lives for us. 

Year 4- Remembrance Service

Year 4 held a Remembrance Day Service in the Prayer Garden where they paid their respects to those who sacrificed themselves during the war. The children joined together to pray for peace and held a minutes silence. 

Year 4- Topic 2: Called

In this topic, Year 4 have learned that through Baptism and Confirmation people are given the gift of the Holy Spirit and are called to respond in their lives. 

Nursery Remembrance Service

In Nursery we listened to 'The Last Post' being played. We looked at the soldier on the cenotaph in Stainforth and talked about the names of the soldiers on it. At 11 o'clock, we did a 1 minute silence to remember the soldiers.

Year 6 Remembrance Service

Year 6 held a Remembrance Day service at the local cenotaph to pay our respects to those who sacrificed themselves during the war...

Remembrance Day 2023- Year 5

To commemorate Remembrance Day this year, the children held a liturgy in the school chapel to remember the sacrifices of those who gave up their lives for our freedom. Through prayer and reflection, the children gave thanks and prayed for the souls of the fallen.

Harvest 2023

Everyone in school was excited to celebrate Harvest and were incredibly generous in donating food for the local food bank. The children enjoyed taking part in our Harvest mass with Father Joseph and giving thanks to God at this time of year.

Members of the Chaplaincy and Care for Creation teams delivered the food to the local food bank where it can help those who need it in our local community.

Year 1 - Prayer Liturgy

First, we gathered by listening to music and silently gathering on the carpet. Then we made a bowl with our hands and placed a sad or scary memory into it. We then blew the memory away.

Next, we listened to the words and discussed what they meant. We had some great discussions of how we show love and who loves us.

Then, we placed the words in the middle on our green cloth. We passed a special reflective pebble around the circle and said a quiet prayer to thank God for his love and words.

Finally, we made a mission to find a quiet place to say a prayer for someone in need. We discussed why someone might need a prayer and had some lovely suggestions like they might be poorly or lonely.


Year 4 - Topic: People

In our topic ‘People’, we explored what family means to us and that all families are different. We discussed and explored scripture explaining how God is a loving parent and we are his children.

Year 4- Topic 1: People

Our first RE topic is 'people'. In this topic we have learned about our own family and Jesus' family. In this topic, we have studied confirmation and the response to being chosen. 

Y3 RE-Promises

In RE, Y3 have been recreating the scene of Baptism, by recapping on the stages of the Sacrament. Y3 have observed and acted in role to show what happens, and who is involved.

Y2- Prayer Liturgy 'October is the month of Mary'

Prayer Liturgy-Y3

In Prayer Liturgy, children have been discussing Gods creation of the world.

Prayer Liturgy-Focus-Rosary beads - Mission- To have a quiet moment during the day to pray to God. The children in the photos stood in a circle holding hands and sang “Alleluia”.

Prayer Liturgy- Y3

Year 1 - Families

In year 1 RE, we have been looking at ‘Families’. We have completed lots of work about our own families and belonging to God’s family. We looked at understanding and learning about God’s love in the bible. We created actions to the words of Psalm 63 line by line and create a class house. Children recognised the things to show love and care and wrote one of these things on each brick. Also, as a class, we created our own wildflower artwork like the wildflowers Jesus spoke about (Luke 12: 24-30 and Matthew 6: 24-30).

In RE our first topic we have been looking at our journey of Homes. What makes a home, How we can care for our family in a home, and how we should respect one another, including our parents.

Y3- Homes

In our first topic, children have enjoyed learning about what makes a family homes, and how we should treat each other. Children recognise that we should be respectful towards our family members in the home, and how we can demonstrate acts of love and respect.

Year 5- Ourselves

Year 5 explores their qualities, gifts and talents as the learnt about the topic of 'Ourselves'. They discovered how God gave them their qualities and talents and how He has a plan for us all and then made links to the life of St Francis of Assisi and how he was called to use his gifts for good. 

Take a look at our wonderful learning journey...

Y3-Prayer Liturgy

Year 6's first RE topic was Family; Loving where children learned about love, God's love and the meaning of unconditional love through the story of the Prodigal Son...

Nursery RE - Myself

In Nursery we have been learning about our name and our family. We have learnt that God loves us all and we are precious to God.

Year 2- New Beginnings

Year 2 have explored 'Beginnings' in our first RE journey. They discussed what a new beginning is and how it feels. They then retold the story of Creation making links, discussing how God is all around us and is always close to us. We then thanked God for all that he is and all that he has given us. 

Year 5- Prayer Liturgy

The children planned a prayer liturgy exploring their hopes and dreams for the coming year. The spent time reflecting on their expectations and on their path that God has planned for them. They then wrote prayers asking God for guidance and help on their journey and started to fill our 'prayer cross'

FS2 RE - Myself

Reception children have learnt that they all have a first name and family name and that they are precious to God.

FS2 Prayer Ltiurgy

FS2 children went to our chapel and reflected on the word 'respectful' Together they said a personal prayer to God.

                                                                     'Thank you God for everyone'

Our Tree for Life

The Chaplaincy and Care for Creation teams have been raising money to buy a CAFOD World Gift to support those in need. Parents and children were asked to buy a leaf for our 'Tree of Life' and place their name upon it. The money raised has provided a family in need with five fruit trees to grow their own food.



'Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out of the darkness.'

Isaiah 59:10

Welcome Back!


To celebrate the return to school, children and staff took part in a welcome mass led by Father Joseph.

Children offered symbols to represent their hopes and dreams for the coming year and asked God to help them achieve them.

It was wonderful to hear the whole school singing together and having parents join us for our special mass.

Archive Academic Year 2022/2023


EYFS have used their amazing printing skills to produce the flowers for our Eastertide entrance display. All the children reflected on the importance of this special time of year and celebrating that Jesus has risen. 

Year 2 CAFOD RE 


In Year 2 we enjoyed exploring our CAFOD topic- Treasures. We used a range of materials to express what treasures we have and how we are God's treasure and how we look after Earth. 

Year 4 - New Life

Year 4 have learned about what New Life means to a Catholic at this special time of the year. The children read and discussed key scripture and discussed how this influences our way of life. 

Year 4 - New Life

During our topic on New Life, we retold the story of Penetcost through art. The children used water colours and annotated the story with speech bubbles and captions. 

Year 1- Pentecost- Holidays and Holydays

Year 2- RE display

Year 4 - Self discipline

Year 4 have studied what self discipline means and why this is important. 

Holy Week in Year Two

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In Year Two we discussed the importance of Holy Week and recalled information we remembered from Year One. We then decided to retell the story of The Last Supper together, really focusing on how Jesus and the Disciples may have felt during this time.
As a class we then gathered in our outside prayer garden and shared a class liturgy, ending with a prayer and a snack in the sunshine.

Year 1- Lenten promises

Year 1- Respond Prayer Liturgy

Year Two Lent: Opportunities, class liturgy

Year Two response to our Virtue to live by...Resilience

Year Two. Lent: Opportunities learning journey

Year 4 Prayer Liturgy

Children in Year 4 planned and delivered a prayer liturgy about our whole school virtue 'love'. They wrote their own prayers, which they shared with the class and took home to their families. 

Our Easter Cards

The children across school created beautiful Easter cards to take home to their families and to send to the sick of the parish.

Using other crafts- collage and printing- each year group took inspiration from this special time of the year and enjoyed getting crafty!

Take a look at our amazing work!

Year 6 - Easter Cards

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Year 4 Easter Cards

Year 4 have used their printing skills to produce some beautiful Easter cards to share with our parish community on Easter Sunday. 

Year 1 Easter cards- Collage

Stations of the Cross

The children in year 5 created and performed a tableau depicting each of the Stations of the Cross for pupils and parents on the last day of term. 

Our Child-Led Prayer Liturgy

The children in year 6 celebrated the end of their RE topic about Unity by holding a prayer liturgy for the whole school and parents and carers. It was wonderful to hear about what they had been learning and how this has impacted their life and faith.

Year 6 - Unity

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RE in Reception - Eucharist - Relating

Our Ash Wednesday Mass

All of the children and staff in KS2 were able to visit church to celebrate the Ash Wednesday Mass with Father Joseph and other parishioners. Children from each year group took part in readings from the bible and enjoyed singing hymns in the church.

Take a look at some of the wonderful photos from the visit.

Year 1- Prayer Liturgy

Year 6 - Sources

Year 6 - Other Faiths - The 5 Pillars of Islam

Other Faith in Reception - Islam

Children in Recpetion learnt all about another faith -  Islam. They were introduced to new vocabulary and explored special days and ritual objects used within the religion. 

RE - Community

Children were introduced to the term 'Parish Family.' We discussed what the children already knew about celebrating in the  church. Children confidently remembered that we celebrate Baptism, Christmas, and Weddings in a church. 

Children learnt to pray 'Our Father,' named and labelled all the items used to celebrate in a church and write thank you letters to Father Joseph. Role play was used to reinact the Presentation Story where children were given opportunities to apply new vocabulary. 





Year 5- Mission

The children in Year 5 explored Jesus' mission and how this has influenced the lives of people today. We looked at our diocese and discovered the importance it has within the community and how its work inspires others to do good.

The children in Year 1 have explored the special people in their lives and within the parish family. We have discussed the special people who help put at Mass on Sundays, such as the priest, greeters and cleaners. We have shared our thoughts and feelings on what we think makes a person special. 

Year 1- Other Faiths- Islam: Muhammad

Year 1 have explored and shared their own family stories with each other. We have explored and discussed the story of Muhammad and how he was a man who preached kindness who people looked up to. 


FS2 had a very special visitor from CAFOD today. The children learnt that we are all unique, we are all different and that it is is OK because that's how God made us. Children also learnt a song and joined in confidently with the words and the actions. Children identified similarities and differences when reading the story.

FS2 RE Community

EYFS worked together to create our whole school Community RE display. Reception made the church, Our Lady of the Assumption and Nursery children made our Preist, Father Joseph. Together we became artists, inspired by Picasso, to create the Parish Family. We looked at portraits and discussed shapes and expressions. 

Our Community Display

Our amazing 'Community' display was created by the children in EYFS.

Year 5- Advent

FS2 Advent

The Christmas Story

KS2 Nativity!

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Year 6 - Advent!

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The Blessing of the Advent Wreaths

The children, parents and staff enjoyed taking part in our Blessing of the Advent Wreaths service where wreaths, that had been made by parents and children, were blessed and given to each class to celebrate the special time of year. 

A wreath was also presented to members of the parish to be taken to church where the candles could be lit each week of Advent.

Our Advent Display

Our beautiful Advent display was made by the children in year 3 and year 5. Using a mixture of both printing techniques and oil pastel drawings, the children form both classes created images of the Advent candles to signify the special time of year.

Lest We Forget

The children at Holy Family are getting ready to commemorate Remembrance Day. The children in year one and year four have enjoyed creating art work using digital photography and collage to show that 'Peace is in our hands'. They have also used charcoal to depict the battle of the Somme and collage to adorn the poem In Flanders Field.

We have invited the children to place the name of someone they would like us to remember and pray for in our 'Memory Bowl'. This is to celebrate the end of the Liturgical Year where we remember those who are no longer with us.

November- Month of Remembrance

To commemorate November being the Month of Remembrance, we invite you to remember someone special in you life by lighting a candle in their memory.

Please visit the CAFOD website and light a candle with others around the world.

Y3 - The Synagogue

Year 5- Life Choices

The children in year 5 enjoyed learning about Life Choices.

They learnt about the sacraments of marriage and the blessing of the rings, where they performed their very own wedding. They also discovered what it takes to have a happy marriage and how others are called to have a different vocation committing to God.


Year Two - Belonging: Signs and Symbols

Year Two- An example of Liturgical Prayer

Y3 - Drama

FS2 - RE - Welcome

Year 6 - Belonging

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Year 6's responses to the virtue - Thankfulness

Y3 - Celebrating Differences

Year Four- Liturgical Prayer

Year Four have planned and delivered their own Liturgical Prayer. They decided how they wanted to gather, what word they wanted to share, how they wanted to respond and what the mission was. The Prayer Leaders then shared a prayer they had written.  

Harvest Donations

It was wonderful to see all the donations of food be taken to Stainforth Food Bank by members of the Care for Creation Team after our Harvest Mass. It was gratefully received by staff who work there, who will be able to spread the kindness of others to those in need. 


 "For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home."

Matthew 25:35

Y3 - Prayer Liturgy

Harvest Time

The children at Holy Family enjoyed having the opportunity to celebrate Harvest at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Along with parents and parishioners, the Mass led by Father Joseph with the assistance of the Chaplaincy Team was enjoyed by all.

It was wonderful to hear the children reading from the book of Leviticus and the Bidding prayer, finally finishing with a special harvest prayer written by the Prayer Group. Donations of food were collected and placed in front of the alter, before being taken to Stainforth Food Bank to help those in need.



22 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’”

Leviticus 23:22

A Trip to Church!

The Chaplaincy Team enjoyed an afternoon trip to church to take all of the donations ready for the Harvest Mass.

Take a look at the generous offerings.

The Month of the Rosary

The children at Holy Family have been enjoying celebrating the Month of the Rosary. Beginning with a special Prayer Liturgy to observe the Feast Day on October 7th, the children learnt all about praying the Rosary and listened to a prayer written by the prayer team. This continued throughout the rest of the month, with children praying the Rosary in class with rosary beads that had kindly been donated to the school which they were invited to take home at the end of the term to share with their families.  


“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.” - Pope Saint Pius X

Y3 - Prayer Monitors

Baptism in Nursery

In RE, Nursery children learnt all about Baptism. They collected a white robe, candle, Bible and water. Children reinacted this special time.

St Bernadette Relic Tour 2022

The children in year 5 and year 6 were honoured to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity- to visit the relics of St Bernadette.

The children travelled to Doncaster on the bus and continued their Pilgrimage of Faith by visiting St Peter in Chains church where the relics had travelled to, all the way from Lourdes.

Take a look at the video to join us on our journey.

St Bernadette Relic Tour

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Y3 - Relics of St Bernadette

Year 5- Ourselves

The children in year 5 have been exploring the topic of 'Ourselves'. They have been learning about who they are as people in the world and also in the eyes of God. By identifying their qualities, talents and gifts, the children now understand how they are holy people and how they can use their qualities, talents and gifts to help others in the world. By learning about St Marguerite, the children are able to show an understanding of how the call to be holy shapes lives and can describe and show an understanding of Paul's letters to the Colossians.

Y3 - Remembering Queen Elizabeth

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Y3 Prayer Monitors leading the liturgy following the passing of our beloved Queen.

Year 4 - Domestic Chuch- People

Our topic is ‘People’ and we have explored what family means to us and that all families are different. We have discussed and explored scripture explaining how God is a loving parent and we are his children. 

Baptism in Reception

Children in Recpeption re-enacted a Baptism. They welcomed the baby into Church, poured water on the baby's head and said, "I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". They wrapped the baby in a white shawl and said, "Recieve this white garment".

RE Topic Welcome

Nursery children worked together using different media to create a welcome poster as part of their RE topic, Welcome.

Month of the Rosary

Nursery children gathered in our main reception area to pray the Hail Mary.

FS2 gathering to pray the Hail Mary in our outdoor prayer garden.

Month of the Rosary

Reception children gathered around the whole school display board to admire their art work; salt dough Rosary Beads. They learnt that the purpose of the Rosary is to help people remember the events in the lives of Jesus and Mary and to thank God for them. Children also practised praying the Hail Mary.

FS2 Prayed in Our Chapel

FS2 - Reflection

Children in FS2 have used the prayer chair to reflect. One child wrote a prayer asking God to, 'help mummy get better' whilst another had some quiet time just to sit and think.

FS2 - Prayer Liturgy - Thankfulness

FS2 children are becoming skilled in setting up their own Prayer Liturgy. Today we reflected on our virtue to live by: I am grateful for all I have and praise God for all he has given me.

Children selected objects which they could talk about that refered to their own gifts anf talents.



Topic One RE Learning Journeys

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Take a look at the wonderful RE environments in each of our classrooms. Each displays showcases the different RE learning journeys which have take place during topic one, from EYFS to Year 6.

FS2 Topic 1 - Domestic Church - Family

Children learnt the importance of their name - Explore

They learnt that God knows and loves each child and knows each child by their name - Reveal

All children aquired the skills of assimilation, celebration and application of all of the above - Respond

Liturgical Prayer in FS1

We explored the virtue of "Thankfulness" by gathering in a circle and the 2 of the children laid out the green cloth, while another turned the lights off.

We read the word of Luke 17:11-19 - Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy. The children took away from this that” its kind to help people” and “when someone helps you, you should say thank you”

The children responded to this scripture by ringing the bells for something they are thankful for. "I am thankful for my sister”.

Year 1 chose to 'gather' in the prayer garden today. They enjoyed feeling close to God whilst being calm and peaceful. We used our senses to listen to all the things that God has created for us. 

Year 6 have completed their first RE journey - Loving. We met our learning objectives through different forms of writing, art, freeze frames and role play! The children have produced some fabulous work...

Welcome Mass with Father Joseph!

Year 6 have enjoyed leading their own reflective Liturgical Prayers!

Prayer Bear

FS2 children have welcomed a new member to our class, everyone, please meet Prayer Bear. Prayer Bear is very excited to help the children learn their prayers at home.

Year 4 Liturgical Prayer

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Year 4 children have planned and delivered a Liturgical Prayer about love.

Year 4 - Building Bridges