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Religious Education

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.

The Feast of the Ascension

On Thursday 9th May, as a school we visited church to celebrate Mass with Fr Alf for the Ascension - when Jesus returns to sit at the right hand side of his Father. The Year 6 children read beautifully and the children's singing, responses and reverence was comment on by Fr Alf.

Emmanuel Church visit

A lovely on the last day of the term before finishing for Easter. Year 4 (Blake Class) had a lovely couple of hours at the Emmanuel Church to join them in retelling the story of Holy Week, concentrating on what happened on Good Friday and what it means for us. The children also made their own tomb representation out of biscuits.

Stations of the Cross

On Wednesday 27th March, we held our our Stations of the Cross, which has become a St. Mary's tradition. Each class created two representations for the stations, involving the children in their class. Each class visited the hall and retold and reflected on the events Jesus experienced on Good Friday. During lunchtime, parishioners joined our Way of the Cross team for the service, using our stations, and then came for tea and biscuits in the staffroom.

During Lent, each class from Year 1 - Year 6 had their own Easter Mystery Box which went home and engaged the children with reflecting on the true meaning of Easter. They could share the story, light a candle and share a prayer with their family.

Lenten Lunch

Six children were selected to join Mrs Halloran in visiting church, during their lunch on Friday 15th March, for church's Lenten Lunch. They children enjoyed the company of parishioners and tucked into some lovely soup made by Mr Lynch.

Class Masses

Each half term, KS2 classes have the opportunity to visit church to participate in the celebration of Mass.

CAFOD Cake Stalls

Throughout Lent we are hosting cake stalls, one per class to raise money to support CAFOD, a Christian charity that works to help people in underdeveloped countries.

Lionni Class

School Choir visit a local Care Home

Lionni Class learnt about Advent and how Christians prepare for the birth of Jesus, they then wrote Advent promises and decorated the Christmas tree,

Lionni Class took part in a nativity workshop and travelled through the Christmas story.

Remembrance Sunday

The children represented our school brilliantly at Remembrance Sunday service in the Memorial Park. They were dressed smart in their uniforms, participated in the service and lay a wreath from our school.

Harvest Mass

Justice

Today, we started talking about what justice was and what are human rights are.  We then worked as a group to gather ideas for a debate about refugees.  The children came up with some very interesting points and it gave us lots of discussion points. 

Breaking News from the Sky Newsroom 

Warning - contains miracles!  Our children reporting live from the scenes of Jesus' miracles.

Catholic Life at St. Mary's 

2022 - 2023

Bible Studies 

 

Shelly Woods class enjoyed an RE lesson with a difference today. We were lucky enough to enjoy a lesson devoted to exploring the Bible. This involved actions, dress-up and some class discussion about certain aspects and stories within the Bible. It was fun and informative, the children were engrossed. 

Stations of the Cross Daley Class

In Daley Class we contributed to the wonderful Stations of the Cross display in the hall. We talked about our faith and what each station represents.

Eid al-Fitr

 

To celebrate Eid, the celebration to mark the end of Ramadan, Shelly Woods class enjoyed some special treats. 

The children in King Class have taken home the Lent box and reflected upon what they would like to give up for Lent like Jesus did in the desert.

Stations of the Cross; a St. Marys exhibition...

In RE we have been listening to the story of The Good Samaritan. We spoke about what it means to be a 'Good Samaritian' and that loving your neighbour means loving everyone, that way that God loves us.

We have been looking at Families & Celebrations in our RE lessons this half term. One particular celebration we have been looking at is the Sacrament of Baptism. We had the pleasure of attending Church to listen to Father Michael tell us all about this special celebration. We even got to pretend we were taking part in a Baptism ceremony!

The Christmas nativity

Today the children have the opportunity to role play the nativity story. The children were able to ‘interview’ the shepherds and discuss how they felt when they first heard the news, from Angel Gabriel, that the Son of God had been born. Some children were able to identify that the Angel Gabriel told the shepherds first because they were normal people, just like us! We also spoke about what gifts they would have bought Jesus, like wool to keep them warm in the stable!

King Class' Posada box started going home this week with the children. What a lovely way to welcome Mary and Joseph into our families as they make their journey to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

The children in King Class wrote an Advent promise as they discussed and thought about how Christians prepare for the birth of Jesus.

Holmes Class (Year 1) Advent Promises 2022.

King Class were so lucky to have a visit from a local church youth group today for a nativity workshop. We took a journey through the Christmas story and saw Mary and her visit from Angel Gabriel, the shepherds and the kings and saw baby Jesus in the stable.

Shelly Woods Class School of Justice - A Courtroom Visit

To ink with our RE Justice topic and British Values in school, we were lucky enough to visit the mock courtroom at UCLAN.  The children got to dress up and perform a courtroom role play.  We had lots of fun!