Religious Education

RE Curriculum

As a Catholic School, Religious Education is at the heart of our curriculum as we strive to proclaim and the live the Christian values taught by Jesus Christ, within the Catholic tradition. This permeates every aspect of our school life. RE is not taught solely as a curriculum area but as a way of life, promoting the gospel values, giving praise and reverence to God. With parents and Parish, we hope to lead children to a greater understanding of who God is and to celebrating with deeper faith and understanding, the liturgy of the Church. It is an opportunity for everyone to develop their own personal faith through word, action and to enter into a communion with God, made possible, through the divine work of Jesus his Son and the witness of the Holy Spirit. This is achieved through liturgy, collective worship, assemblies, lessons, including curriculum content, and roles and responsibilities throughout the school, which deepen our Catholic life and highlight our belief that Christ is at the centre of all that we do.

Religious Education is about the ‘meaning’ of life and the need to discover answers about human existence. As a Catholic community, we seek our meaning for life in God and in following the example set by Jesus Christ. We teach that God is love and faithfulness, but understanding of this can only grow from our own experience of love and kindness. Every effort is made to create in the school and in the classroom, a community in which children know they are loved and feel confident, secure and wanted, in this way, religious education is at the heart of all we do.

RE Programme

At St Mary’s, we use ‘Come and See’: the Catholic Primary Religious Education programme for Foundation and Key Stages 1 and 2 published in July 2012. It makes learning about our faith lively, interactive and relevant.

This easy to use, teacher-friendly material has been written by a group of experienced diocesan advisors. It follows on from successful trialling in schools in England and Wales and is based on the theological foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and the revised RE Curriculum Directory and includes the Catholic attainment levels.

Come and See

‘Come and See’ is developed through three themes. They are Church, Sacrament and Christian Living. The basic question – belief for each season time is explored through three kinds of themes:

Community of faith – Church

Celebration in ritual – Sacraments

Way of life – Christian Living

The process for delivering the topics in ‘Come and See’ has three stages  – Explore, Reveal and Respond which enable the pupils with the development of knowledge, understanding, skills and the fostering of attitudes.

  • Search – Explore (1 week) This is the introduction to the topic where the children’s life experience is explored, the questions it raises are wondered at, shared, investigated and their significance reflected on.
  • Revelation – Reveal (2 weeks) This is the heart of the programme where knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith is revealed through the Word, in Scripture, Tradition, doctrine, prayers, rites and Christian living.
  • Response – Respond (1 week) This is where the learning is assimilated, celebrated and responded to in daily life.

Our Come and See displays

RE Knowledge Organisers

RSHE Curriculum

Ten Ten

From September 2020, the Government made Relationship and Health Education statutory for all primary schools. To fulfil this statutory requirement, we teach RSHE through a programme by Ten:Ten, called Life to the Full.

Ten:Ten Resources are widely used across many Catholic schools in England, and The Catholic Education Service has approved the Ten:Ten curriculum content and standard of resources to ensure schools undertake their statutory duty. Ten:Ten have based the structure of Life to the Full on ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service, which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education.

Life to the Full is intended to be partnership between home, school and church. We hope that our programme, Life to the Full, will further develop, support and enrich the partnerships so that your child is fully supported in their journey.

As you would expect, not all issues related to personal development are covered by the end of Year 6.  The content is age appropriate and is taught with sensitivity, taking into account the children’s level of maturity in regard to the delivery of the lessons.

As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and, again, these are treated with care and understanding.

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