RE at St. Mary's -
Christ at the centre of everything we do
At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education is embedded within our
overarching curriculum that prepares our children for many different aspects of their lives.
Our overall goal is to help our children to become well-rounded individuals with strong character, who will eventually go out into the world of adults and be actively and positively involved in society. In order to do this, we are striving to create a conducive environment around the school and this year we have created our own specific Personal Development Curriculum that is entwined with our academic curriculum.
Our curriculum aims to provide engagement and enrichment and through this, we aim for all children to have equal opportunities to thrive together.
Our 'Outstanding' RE inspection report
Catholic Life at St. Mary's
The Catholic life of St. Mary's is rich in opportunities for children to encounter God and to deepen their relationship with Him as a loving, compassionate Father. Below, we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the elements which make our Catholic school so special. Here you will find information and that we have been up to as we work together with our families, the Parish and the school work together in supporting the development of our children’s faith.
Above, you can select from one of the star options to find more about what else we have been doing in Curriculum RE and Prayer and Liturgy.
Catholic Life at St. Mary's
2021 - 2022
Stations of the Cross 2022
Wednesday 30th March saw St. Mary's coming together to create each station of the Stations of the Cross, Jesus' journey to his death. The classes created two stations each and placed them, in the hall, in order. When visiting the hall, each class had the opportunity to retell the story and spend time in reflection and prayer, thinking of Jesus' sacrifice. Our group of children who have been doing The Way of the Cross service, did the service using our stations instead of visiting church. Fr Michael and some parishioners joined us and then enjoyed a Lenten lunch together.
Lenten Lunch in community
Some of the children in Year 6 went to The Emmanuel Church and ate a Lenten Lunch together. They enjoyed interacting with the rest of the community and enjoying some food together!
The Way of the Cross Service
A small group of our Year 6s, during Lent, are participating in The Way of the Cross, every Thursday at church led by Fr Michael. The children read the child part of the readings are the moved around the stations remembering the events of Good Friday. Fr Michael and parishioners will be invited to our Stations of the Cross on 30th March to complete the service.
On Wednesday 2nd March, as a school, we went to church and participated in Ash Wednesday Mass to celebrate the start of the season of Lent. We all received Ashes on our forehead and celebrated Mass together. We reflected on how we make a Lenten promise and prayed to God to help us in the next 40 days as we prepare for Easter.
Emmanuel Church welcome Year 3 and 4
The children in Year 3 and 4 had the opportunity to visit Emmanuel Church to participate in activities linked with Lent - what is it, how we prepare and why its important. The children played games flipping pancakes, learnt the history of Shrove Tuesday, ate some pancakes with a topping of their choice and wrote their own Lenten Promise.
The Presentation of the Lord Mass
The children of Year 5 and 6 attended their half termly class mass which fell on 'The Presentation of the Lord'. This is a special feast day remembering Jesus being presented in the temple 40 days after he was born. The children read beautiful and were a credited to themselves and school.
Raising money by doing a sponsored walk
On Thursday 27th January, 18 children from Year 4-6 participated in a sponsored walk to raise money for Isabelle, a local girl who needs to go to America for Cancer treatment. The children completed a 3 mile walk on the promenade in Fleetwood, with a stop off at the Beach Park before heading back to school. We are looking forward to seeing how much we have raised.
To spread some Christmas joy, all of the classes prepared a carol and sang it to their parents outside whilst wearing their Christmas jumpers. The children thoroughly enjoyed preparing their carol. When asked why we sing carols, some of the children's responses were about how singing brings joy, it is a form of prayer and it helps to tell the Christmas story.
As a whole school, we contributed a harvest collection, consisting of tins and packets of food for our local food bank, as we do each year and we went to church to celebrate Harvest Mass. It was the first time, in a long time, due to lockdowns, that we were able to be there together as whole school. it was lovely to all be together to listen to the Word of God and sing hymns.
The children Garrido Class (Year 3/4) returned to church on 22nd September to celebrate mass with the parishioners. It was lovely for the children to attend mass together as a class, especially after not being able to go together as a class or school for over 12 months. The children followed the mass cards brilliantly so they could join in with the responses and watched and listened to Fr Michael closely.
Catholic Life at St. Mary's
Stations of the Cross - March 2021
In St. Mary's tradition, the school put on their own Stations of the Cross, recreating each station each part of the story) of the events that occurred on Good Friday to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made. These were displayed in the school hall and each class took it in turns to visit the hall, as a place of worship to spend time revisiting the story and to have time in prayer with God.
Visit to Emmanuel Church - Osprey Class
Osprey Class has the opportunity to visit Emmanuel Church, we made comparisons to a Catholic Church and got involved in activities with their community youth leader, Ricca. The children concentrated on the theme of being thankful and what grateful means by writing cards to someone they appreciate and making a thankful flower by writing on their own petal after reading The Ten Lepers.
The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word
30th Sept 2019 - 31st Dec 2020
celebrating, living and sharing God's word
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as 'The God Who Speaks': A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini - Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin.
Mass dates for this term are as follows:
15th January - Year 5/6
22nd January - Year 4/5
29th January - Year 3/4
Ash Wednesday mass will be celebrated by the whole school on the 26th February at 10am mass.
4th March - Year 5/6
18th March - Year 4/5
25th March - Year 3/4
Stations of the Cross will be presented in the school hall for our day of reflection on the 1st April. Parents and parishioners are all welcome.
Children Around the World Nativity
Children in Reception to Year 3 put on a fantastic Nativity performance to the school and their parents and families over two performances. The Nativity was called 'Children Around the World' celebrated how each country recognises the birth of Jesus.
During Advent both Osprey Class and Peregrine Class have completed a reverse advent calender with the children donating gifts or food for those in need over Christmas. The gifts have been donated to a local charity helping families in need and the food has been taken by a group of children to the local food bank held at St. Edmund's Church every Wednesday.
On Monday 16th December, KS2 put on their annual Carol Service at church for the friends and family of St. Mary's. It was lovely to see church full and getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas Workshop - Hobby Class
Hobby Class took part in a nativity workshop by visits from BYSW. The children followed the story of the birth of Jesus; they listened to the Angel Gabriel tell Mary she was going to have a baby and how she felt. They visited the stable where baby Jesus was born, saw the shepherds and talked to one of the wise men.
We have now come to the end of the Year of the Eucharist. It officially ended on the Feast of Christ the King on the 24th November. The purpose of The Year of the Eucharist was Bishop Swarbrick's mission to raise the profile and understanding of the Eucharist and the importance of Mass. During the year, we participated in Holy Hour with the monstrance present in school, gathered as Fleetwood Catholic schools for the Feast of Corpus Christi, had our own Year of the Eucharist logo as part of our worship areas, as well as a display which was added to every time we had an event. We are now preparing for the Year of the Word.
Our St. Mary's Team - Working Together for the Good of Each Other
'I have called you by your name', the staff at school believe they have been called to serve God by working in school together for the good of each other.
Morning of Reflection - Kestral Class
Kestral Class were invited to spend a morning at Emmanuel Church. They spent the morning reflecting on being thankful. They read a story about ‘The Giving Tree’, which showed them that when we give things to other people, we feel really good; they also read a story about Jesus healing the Leapers. This showed them that they should always say thank you when someone has helped us with something. they had a great morning and are looking forward to experiencing another reflection session with them! The children really enjoyed talking about being thankful for what they had and they have all come away reflecting on what they have to be thankful for.
Remembrance Day - We Will Remember Them
Lest we forget
Year 6 children went to the Cenotaph on Sunday to participate in the Remembrance Sunday Serive in Fleetwood Memorial Park. Molly, Julia and Kian as Heads and Deputies went with Mrs Kowalska to the Marine Hall to represent school at the Remembrance Day service on the 11th.
All Saints' Mass - 1st November
As part of All Saints' day, year 1 to year 6 attended mass as it is a Holy Day of Obligation. Father discussed with the children, in his homily, about the connection to Halloween and the meaning and purpose of All Saints' Day.
On the 9th October, Year 1 - Year 6 went to Mass together to celebrate Harvest. We took our collection as an offering to Church and dropped it off at the food bank in Fleetwood afterwards to help those families in our community who need the help and support.
Nelson Mandela - Art Project
To begin our year together, Osprey Class discussed the qualities we will show this year so we can be a team and everyone can be happy. One of the qualities we discuss was acceptance. Accepting each other for who they are, accepting responsibility for our own learning and accepting our gifts from God and use them to help others. Nelson Mandela was all about acceptance - he fought to be accepted and to be treated as an equal along with his fellow black community. We looked at the artist Chuck Close and how he created large pieces of artwork using different colours, we did this to create the face of the iconic Nelson Mandela.
In July, the Eco team were selected by Fleetwood Council to perform at an outdoor performance presenting the story of the Rainbow Fish. We remember the special gift God gave us of our World and how it's our responsibility to look after it.
RE at St. Mary's in 2018 - 2019
Leon makes his First Holy Communion
Leon, in Year 6, made his Frist Holy Communion on Sunday 23rd June. He joined school in the middle of Year 5 after relocating. With his mum, Leon began attending St. Mary's Church and even joined the choir. Leon hadn't made his First Holy Communion and was encouraged by school and the parish. Children from his class, along with staff went along to the special mass as a surprise and celebrate with Leon in the next step in his faith.
Corpus Christi Procession and Mass - 20th June
Today, all of the staff and children at St. Mary's joined a group of children from St. Wulstan's and St. Edmund's and Cardinal Allen to celebrate mass at St. Mary's for Corpus Christi. This is a special feast day to celebrate the body of Christ and which always happens on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. With this year being The Year of the Eucharist, this mass was extra special and as catholic schools in Fleetwood, we wanted to celebrate together. We used the icon of the Year of the Eucharist to led our procession together to and from church.
After Mass the students from Cardinal Allen led an act of worship to Year 6 children about Corpus Christi: the important of Jesus in our lives and him being the Eucharist. The Year 6 children had planned and delivered their own worship on the same theme, the day before, across school to the younger classes in preparation of going us celebrating mass.
Stations of the Cross in school - 9th April
Creating our own 'Stations of the Cross' is part of our Lenten tradition at St. Mary's. Each class create two stations each, representing that part of the story of Good Friday in their own way. These are pictures from the Year 6 children engaging with the story and having time to make their own personal reflection in the reflection books or with stations that were interactive. The children's reverence and respect was evident throughout their time in the hall and children spent time in silence and in prayer together. As our Year 6 have been visiting church every Thursday for 'The Way of the Cross' service, we invited parishioners to join us for the service using our stations. They joined for soup afterwards and even left us some lovely comments about what have thought of school's efforts during Lent.
More from Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross at church
During Lent, seven of our Year 6 children have been attending The Way of the Cross, a special service each Thursday held at church by Father Michael, which is open to parishioners. Our children have participated in children from the child's point of view during the service. At the end, the children, along with Mrs Halloran have been joining the parishioners from some lunch and conversation.
On Wednesday 6th March, as a school, we went to Mass at church to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass. We received ashes and Holy Communion or a blessing from Father Michael. Ash Wednesday signifies the start of Lent where we repent our sins and turn to God. Each child has made their Lenten promise, which is display in their worship area in the classroom.
Sharing the Christmas Spirit - visiting Alexandra Court Care Home
Year 6 children made Christmas cards for the residents at Alexandra Care Home and our Headboy, Headgirl, their deputies and some Year 5 children went to wish the residents a Merry Christmas, give out our cards and sing a song from our KS2 Carol Service.
KS2 Carol Service - Following the Light
On Monday 17th December, KS2 performed their Carol Service - following the light at church for their parents and the community. The children did an excellent job at sharing the story of the birth of Jesus and reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. Well done to all of the children - our actors, singers and readers.
KS1 Nativity - Whoops a Daisy Angel
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children put together their Nativity - Whoops a Daisy Angel, which they shared with the rest of the children in the school and completed two performances for parents - a great job done by everyone!
Learning about the Nativity in French
Year 2/3 (Hokusai/Michelangelo) children have listened attentively to a French version of the Nativity story. (La Nativité). They showed understanding by joining in and responding. They made a greetings card to celebrate Joyeux Noël.
Advent Service with Cardinal Allen
Rosalina, Sky, Keiyara, Wyatt, Leon and Joseph supported Cardinal Allen at their Advent Service for the Deanery with singing and doing readings.
Reception welcome the Year of the Eucharist
Reception class were very excited to see the Monstrance in our school and understand what the bread is and why we have it, however our next step is to learn key words such as 'Eucharist' and 'Monstrance'. The children went back to class after worship where we were introduced to the Monstrance and watched a video to see who Bishop Paul is. We also said a prayer to end of session.
The Infant classes welcome the Year of the Eucharist
Eucharist Adoration - Holy Hour on 26th November 2018
Bishop Paul Swarbrick has called for us to have a Year of the Eucharist, he wants us to know the importance of Mass, going to Holy Communion and calls everyone in the school community to holiness in this particular year which began on the Feast of Christ the King (25.11.18). As a school, we had a Holy Hour, where each class participated in worship as we adored the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance.
Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan's Purse
To support the Samaritan's Purse charity with their work of Operation Christmas Child, Year 6 made and compiled 26 boxes for sharing love and joy in the form of a simple shoebox gift.
Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth
Cassatt class have been learning about the story of Mary visiting her cousin, Elizabeth.They completed a role play to help understand the story and the character's feelings.
Supporting Aid to the Church in Need - Red Wednesday 28th November
Christians around the world are being persecuted because of their faith. Will you show your support for the Suffering Church?
Help us to continue to support Aid to the Church in Need and raise awareness today, Wednesday 28th November – #RedWednesday, and stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians who suffer unjustly for their peacefully-held beliefs.
Let’s spread the word and use social media to make #RedWednesday2018 - a campaign that cannot be ignored.
Each Year 6 family were given a red candle to light in their home; by doing something peaceful and positive to highlight the suffering of so many Christians and others today, which goes largely unnoticed by the world.
The Lantern Parade - Fleetwood Light Switch on
St. Mary's supported Fleetwood Christmas Lights for the annual Light switch on, on Saturday 17th November.
Remembrance Sunday - Lest we forget
Remembrance Sunday saw Ben, Leon, Keiyara, Sky and Molly come along to the memorial park to participate and represent St. Mary's at the Remembrance Sunday Service. The children laid our wreath on behalf of our school as we remember those who have serviced and continue to serve our country, especially this year in 2018, which commemorates 100 years since the end of the first world war.
Amazing things can happen when people come into agreement.
Matthew 18:19 says
“I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
The children and staff will be delighted to pray for you or a loved one this week.
As soon as we receive your request, the children and staff will keep your request in our hearts and minds as we pray throughout the day and week.
Our children have prayer and liturgy within their classrooms and as a whole school. Look at the prayer and liturgy star and see the acts of worship the children are involved in, as well as actually planning and delivering themselves to their peers.
On Wednesday 17th October, the whole school went to mass to celebrate Harvest. The families of St. Mary's supported our collection for Fleetwood Food Bank and after mass, Mrs Kowalska, the headboy and headgirl and their deputies went to donate our collection. As Catholics it is important for us to be like Jesus and help those who are less fortunate. It is wonderful to see our school come together as a community and be Good Samaritans. Here is a picture to show how thoughtful and caring you have all been to our wider community.
The Year of the Eucharist
Cardinal calls us to the presence of Christ - Adoremus 2018
Adoremus - the Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage took place in Liverpool 7th - 9th September 2018
Following the National Eucharist Congress to be held in Liverpool, schools of the Diocese of Lancaster are invited by Bishop Paul to observe a ‘Year of the Eucharist’. The aim of this year is to develop a deeper understanding of the Eucharist as the ‘source and summit’ of the Christian life and to encourage and foster regular devotion to the Blessed Sacrament within our schools. Rather than organising central events, the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service will work with schools, deans and local clergy to encourage Eucharist Adoration at a local and deanery level.
This is an opportunity to enhance our devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and share the Cardinal’s hope for a 'rejuvenation' of love for the Eucharist in our school. It is important to remind ourselves that Christ is at the heart of our schools and learning and that 'We grow, learn and achieve by following Christ.'
Religious Education Action Plan Overview
RE at St. Mary's in 2017 - 2018
Check out Einstein Class' Lenten Liturgy on being patient:
Stations of the Cross Service
Seven of our Year 6s during Lent have been volunteering their lunch every Thursday to participate in the service 'The Way of the Cross'. After they've taken part in the readings from the service in church, alongside Fr Michael and parishioners at St. Mary's, the children have enjoyed joining the rest of the congregation at the service for soup and cake.
Mother's Day assembly - Led by Aristotle Class
On Friday 9th March, Aristotle class led us in a special Mother's Day assembly. The assembly had the children sing a song, share a story and received a flower made by their child.
Diary of a Disciple Workshop
Some of our children visited Emmanuel at The Mount Church this week. They participated in an R.E. workshop, learning about the disciple Luke. Each child was given a book to take home and made a matchbox size story which features in some of our pictures.
Class Masses for Spring Term:
17th Jan - Year 3
31st - Year 4
7th Feb - Year 5
21st Feb - Year 3
28th Feb - Year 4
7th March - Year 5
14th March - Year 6
On Tuesday 27th, our Stations of the Cross will be on display in the school hall which will have been made by the children. More information to follow after half term.
Preparing in Advent - Posada Box