Religious Education at St Mary’s Catholic First School
At St Mary’s Catholic First School we aim to fulfil the aims of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, Religious Education (RE) which is primarily taught through the ‘Come and See’ programme of work. It is taught through the process of Explore, Reveal and Respond. We dedicate one week per term to the teaching of other world religions including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.
The aims of RE (as stated in the Religious Education Curriculum Directory) are:
To present engagingly a comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
To present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary society;
To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life;
To stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
To enable pupils to relate to the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.
(Religious Education Curriculum Directory, Department of Catholic Education and Formation, Bishops Conference of England and Wales 2012)
At St Mary’s Catholic First School we use the Age-Related expectations to plan learning opportunities for our children. These are a description of what is expected of pupils by the time they reach the end of a phase. The phases are:
Within the standards, there are three sections:
AT1: Knowledge and Understanding (learning about Religion)
AT2: Engagement and Response (learning from Religion)
AT3: Analysis and Evaluation
Whole School Overview
Religious Education Curriculum Directory, Religious Education which is primarily taught through the ‘Come and See’ programme of work. It is taught through the process of Explore, Reveal and Respond. We dedicate one week per term to the teaching of other world religions including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.
As the family of St Mary’s we will:-
Work to create a sense of belonging between school, community and Parish
Listen to the views of others in our school community
Work to create a happy and secure environment where everyone is welcomed, valued and respected.
Endeavour to give all pupils the God given opportunity to succeed at every level in the curriculum.
Offer opportunity for positive and honest self reflection which challenge us all to be better people and live the Gospel Values
Place a high value on love, laughter, kindness compassion, forgiveness, truth and peace