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September 30 2021

Religious Education (RE)

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Intent

As a Catholic school, RE lies at the heart of our curriculum and school life. The teachings of the Gospels are at the centre of everything we do. We strive to ensure that the Christian values show themselves not only in the RE lessons but at all times.  We are committed to the Catholic Faith, recognising and valuing every individual as special and unique in the image and likeness of God. Religious Education at St. Albert the Great Catholic School, respects and promotes each child’s innate capacity for wonder, awe, reverence and spirituality.

Implementation

As a Catholic school, we dedicate 10% of our timetable to the teaching of RE each week which is separate from times of prayer and collective worship.

We use the national Roman Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme ‘Come & See’ as the backbone of our Religious Education syllabus as well as following guidelines from Diocese of Westminster. This programme is delivered throughout school from Nursery through to Year 6. This programme provides:

* opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection in implicit and explicit ways.

*children with the language of religious experience – a ‘literacy’ in religious activities, places, stories, symbols and rituals, people and objects.

* a ‘systematic presentation of Christian event, message and way of life’ in ways appropriate to the age and stage of development of each child.

*appropriate materials about other faiths.

*academic respectability as in other curricular areas

The programme explores the religious dimensions of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with the children’s own experience and with universal experience. It will raise questions and provide material for reflection by the children on their own experiences. It will enable them to Catholic tradition and where appropriate other faith traditions.We follow the Come and See scheme of work. In addition to this we use the Caritas in Action books to teach our children about the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching, which enables children to gain a greater understanding of the Common Good.

Throughout our RE Curriculum the children are taught about God’s love; they learn about their Christian responsibilities; children are provided with experiences of church, Catholic and Christian traditions, as well as being taught to be respectful and understanding of people and traditions from other faith backgrounds. Through Religious Education our children learn about their unique place within the home, school and parish community.

Impact

The outcome of excellent Religious Education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life (Religious Education Curriculum Directory p6).

Home/School/Parish Partnership

The school works in partnership with parents and parish to enrich the lives of our children.

We distribute a weekly newsletter to inform parents about the weekly Gospel theme and notify parents of Masses and liturgies both in the school and the Parish.

Our School regularly supports Parish events and fund raising e.g. CAFOD, SVP, Advent appeals, Lenten appeals.

We have a pupil led chaplaincy team, the Friends in Faith, who strive to create stronger links with our wider parish community through a variety of different initiatives such as our annual Harvest afternoon tea and Christmas cards.

Pease visit our RE News and Catholic Life pages of our website to find more information on how our faith is reflected in our school life.

Liturgy and Collective Worship

Our Catholic faith is central to day to day life of our school and all aspects of the curriculum, and pupils are encouraged to recognise the importance of their faith and they respond to all forms of liturgy and collective worship with respect and reverence.

We have a rich liturgical life in that the experiences we provide are wide ranging and take place in school, out of school, in Church and the wider community, and engage and involve pupils, parents, staff, governors and the parish.

The Celebration of the Eucharist and prayer are central in our school. Our Parish Priest regularly celebrates Mass in School. In addition, we aim to join our parish community at Mass at least once every term as well as for Holy Days of Obligation such as Ash Wednesday.

Come and See

We use ‘Come and See’: the Catholic Primary Religious Education program for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. It makes learning about our faith lively, interactive and relevant.

Come and See 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 targets.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the search for meaning in life. God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us and our response of faith. (cf. CCC26) This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through; Explore, Reveal and Respond.

The children also spend two weeks over the course of the year learning about other religions

The Process
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. This session may include:

  •  Exploring experiences through music, story, drama, dance or art
  • Investigation and story telling
  • Consideration of the Big Question
  • Discussion
  • Reflection

Revelation
Reveal (usually 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. The process of this delivery will include:

  • Meeting new knowledge of Religious Education
  • Reflecting on the wonder of the mystery
  • Research, collating information
  • Asking searching questions
  • Discussion
  • Making links between Cristian understanding and the shared life experiences
  • Acknowledging and respecting differences
  • Being open to new perspectives.

Response
Respond (1 week) This is where the learning is assimilated, celebrated and responded to in daily life. This may be carried out through:

  • Creating a quiet, prayerful atmosphere for reflection
  • Reviewing work carried out throughout the topic
  • Sharing thoughts and feelings

OTHER FAITHS and RELIGIONS

Judaism is usually studied in the Autumn term, however this can vary due to the needs of the school. The other religion to be studied is either Hinduism, Islam or Sikhism – the religion focus is carefully selected with consideration given to the most relevant and appropriate in light of each class and current local, national or world-wide events.

Below you can see the long term plan for RE