Curriculum Intent for Religious Education
In RE, the children will have the opportunity to deepen knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith. We see religious Education as more than a curriculum subject. It is something that is at the core of everything we do at our school. We strive to educate the children on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. As a Catholic school, we aim to educate the whole child and our ethos is inseparable from the curriculum. Children will have the opportunity to learn about God’s love and discover their Christian responsibilities and how they should pray and care for others. They learn to examine how to react to different emotions following the example that God and Jesus set for us. They will be supported and challenged to know more and remember more enabling them to reach the end points for each key stage. This will equip them to succeed in education and in adult life, and to make a positive contribution to society for the common good. We follow the ‘Come and See’ RE scheme of work, which is based on the truth revealed by God about ourselves, our life together and our ultimate destiny with God. ‘Come and See’ invites pupils to explore the religious aspects of life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Pupils reflect on personal experiences and links are made with the Catholic faith as well as other faith traditions.
RE is a core subject and, in line with the Bishops’ Conference recommendations, 10% of teaching time is allocated to RE per week. This equates to two hours for Infant classes, and two and a half hours for Junior classes. A variety of teaching methods and resources are used, including stories from the Bible, songs and hymns, role play, liturgical dance, creative activities, videos and discussion.
The pupils study three themes each term and 63 topics in total from Reception through to Year 6.
The themes are:
· Advent term: Our church – Family, Baptism and Confirmation – Belonging, Advent and Christmas – Loving.
· Lent term: Local church – Community, Eucharist – Relating, Lent and Easter – Giving.
· Pentecost term: Pentecost – Serving, Reconciliation – Inter-relating, Universal church – World