The Aim of Religious Education in our school is to produce religiously literate children who have the knowledge, understanding and skills to think spiritually, ethically, theologically and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.
Our objectives as religious educators are:
- To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of God, Jesus his son and the Holy Spirit
- To develop an appreciation and awareness of this faith and how to live it
- To foster children’s spiritual and moral development
- To celebrate together as a community, through prayer, worship and liturgy
- To support the teaching of British values by fostering appropriate attitudes: respect for truth, respect for others, and to prepare the children for living in a multicultural, multi-faith society.
The Religious Education Programme
To fulfil our aims and objectives we use the Come and See programme of Religious Education. It integrates the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Levels of Attainment and meets the requirements of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory (RECD). There are three topics taught each term and two ‘other faith’ units: Islam and Judaism. Staff are encouraged to involve members of the Jewish and Islamic faith to visit school where possible.
Each unit follows this teaching model:
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 is reflected upon.
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.
Learning is assimilated, celebrated and responded to in daily life. Children have the opportunity to apply what they have learnt by responding to ‘Big Questions’.
How you can help:
As the first educators of your children, it is important that they see you playing an active role in religious life. Being a regular attendee at Mass and supporting your child with their school work, can ensure your child lives and grows in a spiritually rich environment, underpinned by Gospel values. Please refer to the termly newsletters which outline the topics, themes and key content your child will study.