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Curriculum RE

Curriculum RE at St. Mary's

 

Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” in a Catholic school (Pope St John Paul II). Through Religious Education, pupils study the Catholic tradition and come to an appropriate knowledge and understanding of the different religious dimensions of life. They are given the opportunity to examine their own religious attitudes and to respect the convictions of others. We teach tolerance and respect for other religions, traditions and cultures. Please see our British Values statement.

The Way, Truth and Life' curriculum planning is used throughout the school and supported by materials from CAFOD, to ensure we meet the needs of our children. All classes follow the Religious Education Curriculum Directory. Time spent on this area of the curriculum varies from 2 to 2.5 hours per week.

Religious Education is further enhanced and given expression through the liturgical life of the church by attendance and active participation in the Mass and the sacraments through the observance of religious services and festivals. 

The Catholic faith perspective is not an added extra, which we teach and offer to the children, it is integrated into the whole life of the school and into all the aspects of the curriculum. Please visit our Catholic Life page to find out more about how our faith is reflected in our school life.

Bound together as we are, by the unity of our faith, the children’s education is developed in an atmosphere of caring, sharing and example.

HRSE at St. Mary's

At St. Mary's Catholic Primary School we are inspired by Jesus to be the very best we can be. We look after one another and show respect and love through our relationships with one another. We use the term Human Relationships and Sex Education (HRSE) as we believe that relationships education is about all aspects of growing a fulfilled and happy life; sexual education is a dimension of this greater whole.

Any teaching about love and sexual relationships in school must be rooted in this belief which is expressed in the Church’s teaching about relationships, marriage, sex and family life.

We encourage children from the earliest age to recognise that they are all children of God and that each person shares a God given dignity. As children mature, we encourage them to follow the example of Jesus and live lives inspired by the Gospel virtues, enabling them to follow His commandment to “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31). This is the basis for all relationships in our school where we model Christian Virtues. We follow the guidance of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and ‘Fit for Mission? Schools’.

 

See below our parents information leaflet and school policy.

Church Visit - Michelangelo Class

Church Visit - Michelangelo Class 1
Church Visit - Michelangelo Class 2
Church Visit - Michelangelo Class 3
Church Visit - Michelangelo Class 4
Church Visit - Michelangelo Class 5
Church Visit - Michelangelo Class 6
Michelangelo class visited church today. Our visit was slightly out of the ordinary in the sense that we didn't go to attend Mass as we would normally. Instead, we went to spend some time with father Michael and hear explanations about parts of the Mass, the Gospel and some of sacred artefacts and what they symbolise.  It was an informative visit and the children enjoyed it. 

Sharing Bread - Banksy Class

Sharing Bread - Banksy Class 1
Having read the story of 'The Feeding of the 5000', the reception children made bread and shared it with each other in class and then delivered it around school to the adults. Millie wrote the message attached to the plate; it was her idea to share it with the whole school because Jesus shared his bread with everyone.

Baptism - Cassatt Class

Baptism - Cassatt Class 1
Baptism - Cassatt Class 2
The children from the Cassatt class were learning about baptism today. They now know that we become a member of the Church when we are baptised.

St. Valentine - Banksy Class

St. Valentine - Banksy Class 1
St. Valentine - Banksy Class 2
St. Valentine - Banksy Class 3
St. Valentine - Banksy Class 4
In RE this week, the children have been learning about the story of St Valentine and how he wrote a letter to a lady from the prison before he died on the 14th February, signed by 'Your Valentine'. We then created valentines cards for those we love such as our mums and dads. Some children wanted to make them for their friends, then a couple had a lovely suggestion to make a card for Jesus because he loves us. The children had a discussion amongst themselves about how they would get the card to Jesus and where the postman would take it. One child suggested that the postman would need to take it to the sky but then wondered how as it is so high up!

Guides to Mass - Van Gogh Class

Guides to Mass -  Van Gogh Class 1
Guides to Mass -  Van Gogh Class 2
Guides to Mass -  Van Gogh Class 3
Guides to Mass -  Van Gogh Class 4
Guides to Mass -  Van Gogh Class 5
Guides to Mass -  Van Gogh Class 6
Guides to Mass -  Van Gogh Class 7
Guides to Mass -  Van Gogh Class 8
During Spring 1, Year 6 have been exploring Mass. Understanding the parts of the Mass, what they mean and how we participate. They have created their own information booklet about each part of Mass (The sign of the Cross, Penitential Rite, The Liturgy of the Word, Offertory, Consecration, Holy Communion and the Dismissal), using key vocabulary about the Mass and symbols in church.

Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class

Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class 1
Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class 2
Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class 3
Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class 4
Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class 5
Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class 6
Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class 7
Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class 8
Visiting our beautiful St. Mary's Church - Cassatt Class 9
The Cassatt Class visited St.Mary's Church today to help them see what is in God's house and to begin to understand why we gather in Church.

Jesus is the Light of the World - Cassatt Class

Jesus is the Light of the World - Cassatt Class 1
Jesus is the Light of the World - Cassatt Class 2
Jesus is the Light of the World - Cassatt Class 3
In Cassatt Class, Year 1 and 2 learnt about how Jesus is the light of our world, making their own candle to shine.

Visiting Jesus in the Stable - Cassatt Class

Visiting Jesus in the Stable - Cassatt Class 1
The children from the Cassatt Class had to pretend that they were the shepherds on their way back from visiting Jesus in the stable. They had to imagine what they would say to people they met on their way back. 

Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class

Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 1
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 2
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 3
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 4
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 5
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 6
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 7
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 8
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 9
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 10
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 11
Football in the Snow - Christmas Truce - Van Gogh Class 12

Some fantastic examples of the Year 6 children's writing as they wrote as a British soldier experiencing the Christmas Truce, during Christmas 1914. The children had to consider how this event reflected the true meaning of Christmas, to them as Christians.

The Coat (a story of charity) - Van Gogh Class

The Coat (a story of charity) - Van Gogh Class 1
The Coat (a story of charity) - Van Gogh Class 2
The Coat (a story of charity) - Van Gogh Class 3

Here are an example of some the newspaper articles the children wrote after watching an animation called 'The Coat - the story of charity'. We explored the noun and verb terminology of charity; what we do as individuals, with our families and as a school to be charitable and why. The children explained God is love, the 10 commandments, especially 'love thy neighbour' and how the bible tells us what to do. 

 

Matthew 25:35-36 

 

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me

 

in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Standing up for Justice - Van Gogh Class

Standing up for Justice - Van Gogh Class 1
Standing up for Justice - Van Gogh Class 2
Standing up for Justice - Van Gogh Class 3
Standing up for Justice - Van Gogh Class 4
As part of our work on Justice in RE, Year 6 watched Martin Luther King's speech 'I have a dream'. We discussed the situation of racism at the time Martin Luther King was around, as well as the history of racism. We discussed the reasons why Martin Luther King stood up and spoke out against the injustice that himself and the black community suffered and how we felt it was his mission from God to serve his people and their rights. The children then studied his speech and wrote their own about something they feel they have a dream about that would change our society. 
God's Family - Banksy Class

In RE this half term, we have been focusing on God's Family. The children understand that we are all part of God's family as well as our own families and school family. Some children are able to suggest things we can do to become part of God's family, such as being kind, sharing, loving each other and saying sorry when you have done something wrong. When we read the story about Zaccheus meeting Jesus, the children recognised that he wasn't part of God's family as he had taken something that didn't belong to him, but when he apologised and gave it back, he could become part of his family. The children have enjoyed learning the song, 'he's got the whole world in his hands' and have been using the musical instruments independently to sing it! 

 

As Jesus' birthday approaches, we will be learning about the Christmas Story and Advent. 

God's Covenant - Ringgold Class

God's Covenant - Ringgold Class 1
God's Covenant - Ringgold Class 2
God's Covenant - Ringgold Class 3
God's Covenant - Ringgold Class 4
This half term, we have been focusing on God's Covenants. We have looked at different stories from the Old Testament and reflected on how we can use these stories to be good Catholics. We have looked at Noah's Ark, Abraham's Covenant with God and Moses' parting of the Red Sea. 

The Bible - Michelangelo Class

The Bible - Michelangelo Class 1
The Bible - Michelangelo Class 2
The Bible - Michelangelo Class 3
The Bible - Michelangelo Class 4

We have been learning about the Bible and reading different stories from the Bible.  We know why God chose David to spread his love, we've reflected upon God's call to Moses and also learnt about Sikhism.  As part of our work we have also taken part in some role play. This half term we are talking about why it is important to trust in God.  We've identified people we can trust and we've also written our own prayers.

God's World - Cassatt Class

God's World - Cassatt Class 1
God's World - Cassatt Class 2
God's World - Cassatt Class 3
The Cassatt children helped recreate "God's Creation" by adding animals, people the sea and sky as part of our RE lesson. They also brought something into school that they created.

Annunciation - Hokusai Class

Annunciation - Hokusai Class 1
Annunciation - Hokusai Class 2
Annunciation - Hokusai Class 3
Annunciation - Hokusai Class 4
During our RE lesson today we discussed and retold why God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus, we reflected on what Mary said to the angel during the annunciation and practised the Hail Mary prayer.
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