As a Catholic school we stress the centrality of Religious Education within the curriculum. Our school ethos is based on caring, sharing, kindness and forgiveness and we aim to help the children develop a personal relationship with God.
Learning about Baptism with Canon Colin
We recognise the importance of a strong partnership between home, school and parish. This is encouraged by means of shared worship through the celebration of the Eucharist, Liturgies and class assemblies to which parents are invited. We follow the Religious Education programme ‘Come and See’ which is used throughout the school. There are also many opportunities during the day to help the children discover and appreciate the beauty and mystery of God’s world. In 2011 we established our Prayer Garden, which was blessed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, as part of our eightieth anniversary celebrations.
In our school we teach our pupils about other faiths as part of Religious Education. We follow the Come and See programme throughout the school and its’ guidance on teaching other faiths, as outlined below. We focus in particular on Islam and Judaism and each religion is taught separately in order to avoid confusion.
‘The Church teaches that while living out our Christian Faith, we are called to listen in dialogue and be ready to learn from those of other faiths, many of whom may be our neighbours. The Bishops of England and Wales in Catholic Schools and other Faiths (1997) suggest that schools need to:
find ways in which pupils can learn to engage in dialogue and to develop an attitude of respect for religious diversity. This will necessitate the inclusion of a broader study of both Christianity and of other world faiths in the Religious Education syllabus.
(Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, 1997)
Pupils are encouraged not simply to learn facts about other religions but also to reflect upon them and gain insights from them.
(Meeting God in Friend and Stranger, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, 2010)
The teaching of other religions for primary-aged children is about how the members of that faith community live as a family and how they worship. It begins from the faith community’s own understanding of itself and what it is to be a member of a particular community.
Within our school we are seeking to educate all pupils to be able to live a way of life that integrates their beliefs with all other aspects of what it means to be human. As part of this, they must learn to live alongside others who are different and hold alternative views, including religious ones.
(Meeting God in Friend and Stranger, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, 2010)’
Taken from Come and See Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme, Rejoice Publications 2012, p41
Learning about Islam with Mrs Shan
Learning about Judaism with a visit from Mrs Cass