Religious Education at our school is at the core of the curriculum. It is the systematic study of the teaching of the Church and the mystery of Christ and is a rigorous academic subject in its own right. We follow the Diocese recommended programme of study ‘Come and See’. Each topic is planned, taught, assessed and monitored with the same rigour as other curriculum subjects. In following this programme we facilitate the development of pupils who are religiously literate and engaged and who have the knowledge, understanding and skills to reflect spiritually, think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.
Whole School Overview
You can access some useful information here about how you can support you child at home.
Letter to Parents Spring 2021
Each topic lasts 4 weeks on average but this is term dependent.
Our teaching is based around Exploring Revealing and Responding to the topic. This includes liturgy prepared by the children and based on the learning within the topic. Each topic is systematically planned to ensure the developement of knowledge and skills.
Each of us, by the way we live our lives, the way we treat others, and by our words and actions, show if we have an attitude of service.
Often, we are especially influenced by those whose actions speak powerfully of a life of service.
- Think of someone who impresses you deeply because of the way she/he lives.
- What is it that impresses you?
- What do you think inspires them?
Christians believe that the Spirit of God is active in each person and, in a special way, in the community of believers, which is the Church. It is the work of the Spirit to enable people to hear God’s message and to live Jesus’ way of service.
Word of God
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
Luke 4: 18-19
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“Those, who with God’s help, have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it, are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure, received from the apostles, has been faithfully guarded by their successors. All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on from generation to generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer.”
(CCC Prologue 3)
- How is this lived out in your life today?
- In what ways is serving emphasised in the classroom and throughout the school?
- How can you help children to appreciate their energy and use it for the good of others?
- In what ways may a school community draw on the power of the Holy Spirit?
Prayer and Reflection
Father, pour out your Spirit
upon your people,
and grant us
a new vision of your glory,
a new faithfulness to your Word
and a new consecration to your service,
that your love may grow among us,
and your kingdom come:
through Christ our Lord.
(Prayer of preparation for Vatican II)
Within each topic the systematic planning has support for teachers with scripture and core vocabulary.
This is an example from the Y2 Pentecost topic.
The gift of Holy Spirit, which is celebrated at Pentecost, strengthens Christians to share in the mission of the Church by spreading the Good News of the message of love of the risen Christ.
Scripture: Acts 2:32 (Peter speaking) God raised this very Jesus from the death and we are all witnesses to this fact.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 767: “When the work which the Father gave the Son to do on earth was accomplished, the Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost in order that he might continually sanctify the Church.” Then, “the Church was openly displayed to the crowds and the spread of the Gospel among the nations, through preaching, was begun.”
ABOUT THE TOPIC
Prior learning: Pentecost; A holy day – the feast of the Holy Spirit.
Know and understand:
• Passing on messages – Explore
• Pentecost, spreading the Gospel message through the gift of the Holy Spirit – Reveal
Acquire the skills of assimilation celebration and application of the above – Respond
Luke 24: 48-52
Luke 24: 1-9
Act 2: 1-4 – God’s Story 2 pages 84-85
(Notes pages 100-101)
I Thessalonians 4: 13-14, 18 – God’s Story 2 page 89 (Notes page 101)
John 13: 33; 14:18, 15, 26; 16:5,7,13 –
God’s Story 2 pages 81 (Notes pages 100-101)
Romans 8: 22-28
Holy Spirit prayers, Ascension, Pentecost, Glory be to the …
Birth of the Church, Church’s Story 2 pages 78-79 (Notes page 100)
message, risen, Resurrection, Holy Spirit, Ascension, witnesses, blessing, Pentecost, promise, Good News, Holy Spirit
SOME QUESTIONS OF MEANING & PURPOSE
What responsibilities are involved in passing on messages?
Which is the best way to pass on messages?
Learning about religion
Beliefs, teaching & sources
Celebration and ritual
Social & moral practices & way of life
Learning from religion
Engagement with own & others’ beliefs & values
Engagement with questions of meaning
SONGS/ HYMNS TO SING
Hymns to the Holy Spirit
LITURGICAL/PRAYERS LINKS – Prayer to the Holy Spirit
RE CURRICULUM DIRECTORY
Area of Study 1: Knowing and loving God, the Scriptures, the Trinity, Jesus Christ, Son of God, the Holy Spirit
Area of Study 2: What is the Church? Apostolic, Mission
Area of Study 3: Liturgy, prayer
Area of Study 4: The dignity of the human person, the human community, love of God, love of neighbour
How this is planned systematically to build on knowledge and skills can be seen in the examples below from the theme the Domestic Church.
Early Years Topic 1 Domestic Church
Year 1 Topic 1 Domestic Church
Year 2 Topic 1 Domestic Church
Year 3 Topic 1 Domestic Church
Year 4 Topic 1 Domestic Church
Year 5 Topic 1 Domestic Church
Year 6 Topic 1 Domestic Church