For all children religious education is a proper subject in its own right in the school’s curriculum. It is a rigorous academic discipline, and as such it is to be taught, developed and resourced with the same commitment as any other subject.
Acts of Worship
We have a whole school Mass once a half term and each class has their own Mass once a half term.
We have strong links with Our Lady's Parish and participate regularly in Sunday Mass.
We have a weekly cycle of assemblies.
Monday: Gospel Assembly (introducing our weekly theme from Sunday's readings)
Tuesday: Values Assembly (based on our 12 values)
Wednesday: Hymn Practice
Thursday: Prayer Assembly led by pupils or Class Assembly
Friday: Merit Assembly led by pupils (based on our Growth Mindset)
We also have special services that mark key dates in our year including:
- Diocesan Schools Mass
- Harvest Festival
- Armistice Day
- Advent Service
- KS1 Nativity and KS2 French Nativity
- Christian Unity Week
- Holocaust Memorial Day
- CAFOD Lent Liturgy
- May Procession
- First Holy Communion Mass
- Walsingham Pilgrimage
Our RE Curriculum
Central to the programme are three basic human questions and the three Christian beliefs that are the Church’s response in faith.
Where do I come from? Who am I? Why am I here?
These three doctrines of Christianity express faith in God as Trinity: God, Creator God, Saviour God, Spirit
The basic question for each term is explored through three kinds of themes:
Autumn: Belonging (God the Father)
Spring: The word of God (God the Son)
Summer: Journey with Christ (God the Holy Spirit)
Each theme is explored through a number of topics for each class. This takes account of the ages and stages of development of pupils in the Primary years, and of the way in which National Curriculum subjects are presented in levels. The content is so structured that there is cohesion and progression in what children do and learn. For each level there are clearly stated learning outcomes, achievable learning objectives and a variety of experiences and activities for each of the learning objectives. These allow teachers to select what is appropriate for the class or groups of pupils to work according to their different abilities.
We study a variety of other faiths including Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism. This enables our pupils to learn about the beliefs, values and traditions associated with each faith. This teaches our pupils that there are many shared values between different faiths and the importance of being respectful of each other's beliefs.
In January each year we mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Putting our Faith into Action
Each year we support a variety of local, national and international Charities including CAFOD. This enables our children to learn about the importance of putting the needs of others before our own. They also learn about how they can use their skills and talents to support others.
Our group of pupil volunteers are involved in a wide range of activities. They lead our weekly Prayer Assembly and invite children to pray for special intentions.
The Mini Vinnies are currently organising a project to collect used batteries so that they can be recycled.