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.
Football in the Snow - Peregrine Class
Here are a sample of the retellings of the Football in the Snow, the true events that occurred in the war on Christmas Day. The children retold these events, reflecting how this demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas.
The Red Coat - a charitable act - Osprey Class
To link with our RE work on trusting God and making a difference during Advent. We learnt about the true story of a young selfless Christian, who didn't have much but gave up his coat to a homeless boy, who was in need. The children retold the story in their own words as a newspaper article explaining what the boy did and why.
Preparing for the coming of Jesus - Hobby Class
In RE last week, Hobby class learnt about the Advent wreath and what each candle represented. We thought about how we could spread love, joy, peace and hope during Advent. We next each made an Advent wreath and then wrote an Advent promise to go on the Christmas tree in the hall. We then placed our Advent promises on the tree and thought about the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem to prepare for the birth of Jesus.
Father Michael visits Buzzard Class
We had a special visit from Father Michael this week. We asked him some questions and he told us about his job in church.
Some of the questions we asked were:
Is it lovely in church?
What do you do in church?
Why do you wear those clothes?
Why do we call you Father Michael?
Is your cloth green at church?
The children enjoyed listening to Father and learning more about him in preparation for our first visit to church.
Preparing for the birth - Goshawk Class
On Monday 18th November, two parents from the Goshawk class joined us with their new-born babies. They shared their experiences of preparing for the birth of their babies and talked about their journey to hospital. We then compared their experiences with the journey Mary had to make to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.
RE work - Peregrine Class
A range of work from Year 6 and different lessons they have had in RE regarding the Kingdom of God, the meaning of justice and examples, as well as their own story about receiving the invitation to the Kingdom of God.
The Holy Trinity - Hobby Class
Year 2 have been reflecting upon mysteries and wondering what heaven is like. The children also designed our own symbol for Trinity to symbolise three parts that form one being.
Mary meets Elizabeth - Goshawk Class
The children in year 1 renacted the bible story of when Mary meets Elizabeth as part of their RE topic, Mary, Mother of God.
The Annunciation - Kestral Class
The first part of the topic Year 3/4 children have been learning about this half term has been looking at the the story of the Annunciation. The class discussed why Mary was chosen and how she trusted God.
In the last week of Autumn I, the whole school had a multi-cultural week, filled with lots of visitors, experiences and learning. We linked history, geography, RE and PSHE all together as discovered the importance of knowing about people's differences and celebrating them. Check out each class page for more information and pictures of what they got up to.
Why should we learn about other cultures? - Osprey Class
Take a look at our speeches! Here are a few examples for Osprey class, writing a speech to answer the question: why is it important to learn about other cultures? This was part of our multi-cultural week. The children prepared for their speech at home at first, we then discussed them and shared videos of iconic speeches that have been made in our world's history, discussing the passion, persuasion and impact the speaker has. We looked at key features of a speech: quotes, statistics and rhetorical questions.
Trust in God - Hobby Class
In RE lessons, Hobby Class have been learning about stories such as Daniel and the Lion and Moses and how these stories show trust in God.
This half term, in our new classes we've worked on our new topics and also created worship areas within our classrooms and RE displays in classrooms and around school. They are so bright, colour and can be used by the children.
God’s world is very beautiful. He has made the world for us to live in. The children made something that they like about God’s world with their parents to share and discuss in class.
Curriculum RE 2018 - 2019
The Calming of the Storm - Cassatt Class
The children from the Cassatt class enjoyed participating in the re-enactment of the story of Jesus calming the storm. The children were taught about the power of God and the miracle he performed.
Why might a Christian talk to God? - Van Gogh
When reflecting on Peter's escape from prison by the angel and how the other apostles and believers prayed to God and Saul's journey in becoming Paul, a dedicated apostle of Jesus, who often turned to prayer. We thought about the purpose of prayer. How do we know someone is praying? Why might a Christian talk to God? What types of prayer are there? Van Gogh thought learnt about these two particular apostles, about how prayer was important to them and what prayer means to Christians including themselves.
RE writing in Year 1 - Cassatt Class
In Year 1, the children have been working hard on learning al about following Jesus and his examples of how to be a good person and helping others, also since returning for the Summer II term, Cassatt class have been learning about Jesus' return to heaven and what the Holy Spirit represents that was sent down at Pentecost.
Being a Christian like Saul - Michelangelo Class
In RE, Michelangelo Class have been focusing on being a Christian: what this means, what do in school to show we are Christians, as well as learning about the life of Saul who become Paul in his journey of being a Christian.
Learning about Pentecost - Hokusai Class
The children in Hokusai class have been learning about Pentecost and retelling the story. They thought about how the disciples felt before and after Pentecost and how this changed their behaviour. They also discussed as a class how important it is to keep a promise you have made just like Jesus kept his promise to the disciples.
Life after the risen Lord - Ringgold Class
Ringgold Class looked at the story of Jesus rising from the tomb and how the disciples felt during this time. We have looked at the resurrection and how we can use this story to add to our catholic journey. We have discussed how we prayer and why it is important to us and other Catholics, including creating our own prayer book and teaching people how to prepare for prayer.
Van Gogh Class - Bible Explorers
These workshops on Bible Explorers chronologically strings together some of the key stories and figures the students may have intermittently heard about and puts them in context as well as highlighting in a dynamic, creative way many of the religious words, concepts and traditions that underpin Christianity. Below is Amanda's feedback form which she shared with us about her experience of being a visitor to Year 6 during the 4 weeks.
Hokusai class - making Paschal candles
The children from Hokusai class made their own Paschal candle and even gave one to each class for their collective worship table.
Retelling the events of Good Friday - Van Gogh Class
As part of our RE unit 'Jesus, the Messiah' and the events in school related the season of Lent, Year 6 wrote their own version of the events that took place on Good Friday, concentrating on the pain and suffering Jesus experienced and he made the ultimate sacrifice for us. This linked with us creating two of the forteen stations we had displayed in the hall on our day of reflection.
Church Visit - Michelangelo Class
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.