Our RE programme is based upon the core resources recommended by the Diocese. We also use the Diocesan recommended materials for the teaching of Education in Personal Relationships (EPR).
We recognise that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children, particularly in the handing on of the faith. As a school, we are here to work alongside the parents to give their children a rich and deep understanding of faith and Catholicism.
Our aims in the teaching of RE are:
- To give the children a deep knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith.
- To encourage investigation and reflection by the children so that they can recognise the contribution it makes to their lives.
- To give the children a deep understanding of the beliefs of others and to treat them with respect and tolerance.
- To develop the skills the children need to be able to make decisions about faith values and life styles.
- To give the children a deep knowledge and understanding of the Sacraments.
- To encourage prayer and realise the importance of prayer.
The table below shows a summary of the RE topics each class will cover throughout the academic year.
|(4 weeks)||(1 week)||(4 weeks)||(4 weeks)|
|Early Years - Myself - God knows and loves each one||Early Years - Hannukkah||Early Years - welcome - Baptism: a welcome to Gods family||Early Years - birthday - Looking forward to Jesus birthday|
|Year 1 - Families - Gods love and care for every family||Year 1 - Abraham and Moses||Year 1 - belonging - Baptism: an invitation to belong to Gods family||Year 1 - waiting - Advent: a time to look forward to Christmas|
|Year 2 - Beginnings - God is present in every beginning||Year 2 - Shabbat||Year 2 - signs and symbols - Signs and symbols in Baptism||Year 2 - preparations - Advent: preparing to celebrate Christmas|
|Year 3 - Homes - Gods vision for every family||Year 3 - Synagogue||Year 3 - promises - Promises made at Baptism||Year 3 - visitors - waiting for the coming of Jesus|
|Year 4 - People - The family of God in Scripture||Year 4 - Torah||Year 4 - called - Confirmation: a call to witness||Year 4 - gift - Gods gift of love and friendship in Jesus|
|Year 5 - Ourselves - Created in the image and likeness of God||Year 5 - Passover||Year 5 - LIFE CHOICES - Marriage, commitment and service||Year 5 - hope - Advent: waiting in the joyful hope for Jesus, the promised one|
|Year 6 - Loving - God who never stops loving||Year 6 - Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur||Year 6 - vocation and commitment - The vocation of priesthood and religious life||Year 6 - expectations - Jesus born to show God to the world|
|(4 weeks)||(4 weeks)||(1 week)||(4 weeks)|
|Early Years - CELEbrating - People celebrate in Church||Early Years - gathering - Parish family gathers to celebrate Eucharist||Early Years - Special days/ Ritual objects||Early Year - growing - Looking forward to Easter|
|Year 1 - special people - People in the parish family||Year 1 - meals - Mass, Jesus special meal||Year 1 - Stories||Year 1 - change - Lent: a time for change|
|Year 2 - Books - The books used in Church||Year 2 - thanksgiving - Mass, a special time to thank God||Year 2 - Prayer/home||Year 2 - opportunities - Lent: an opportunity to start anew|
|Year 3 - Journeys - Christian familys journey with Christ||Year 3 - listening & Sharing - Jesus gives himself to us||Year 3 - Places for worship||Year 3 - giving all - Lent: remembering Jesus total giving|
|Year 4 - Community - Life in the local Christian community and ministries in the parish||Year 4 - giving & receiving - Living in communion||Year 4 - Holy Books||Year 4 - self discipline - Celebrating growth to new life|
|Year 5 - mission - Continuing Jesus mission in diocese (ecumenism)||Year 5 - memorial Sacrifice - Eucharist as the living memorial of Christs sacrifice||Year 5 - Beliefs and festivals||Year 5 - sacrifice - Lent: aligning with the sacrifice made by Jesus|
|Year 6 - sources - the Bible, the special book for the Church||Year 6 - unity - Eucharist enabling people to live in communion||Year 6 - Belonging & Values||Year 6 - death & new life - Celebrating Jesus death & resurrection|
|Summer||Pentecost||Reconciliation/Anointing of the sick||Universal Church|
|(4 weeks)||(4 weeks)||(4 weeks)|
|Early Years - GOOD NEWS - Passing on the Good News of Jesus||Early Years - FRIENDS - Friends of Jesus||Early Years - OUR WORLD - Gods wonderful world|
|Year 1 - Holidays and Holydays - Pentecost: feast of the Holy Spirit||Year 1 - BEING SORRY - God helps us choose well||Year 1 - NEIGHBOURS - Neighbours share Gods world|
|Year 2 - spread the word - Pentecost: a time to spread the Good News||Year 2 - RULES - Reasons for rules in the Christian family||Year 2 - TREASURES - Gods treasure; the world|
|Year 3 - ENERGY - Gifts of the Holy Spirit||Year 3 - CHOICES - Importance of examination of conscience||Year 3 - SPECIAL PLACES - Holy places for Jesus and the Christian community|
|Year 4 - NEW LIFE - To hear and live the Easter message||Year 4 - BUILDING BRIDGES - Admitting wrong, being reconciled with God and each other||Year 4 - GODS PEOPLE - Different saints show people what God is like|
|Year 5 - TRANSFORMATION - Celebration of the Spirits transforming power||Year 5 - FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY Commandments enable Christians to be free & responsible||Year 5 - STEWARDSHIP - The Church is called to the stewardship of Creation|
|Year 6 - WITNESSES - The Holy Spirit enables people to become witnesses||Year 6 - HEALING - Sacrament of the Sick||Year 6 - COMMON GOOD - Work of the worldwide Christian family|