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RE Curriculum

Come and See

In our school we follow the ‘Come and See’ Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme. The comprehensive programme is specifically written for children from age 4 – 11 years.

Both the method and the content of this syllabus reflect the mind of the church and give constant reminders that religious education and formation require close co-operation between home, school and parish.

In accordance with the guidelines from the Bishops’ Conference, the children at St Thomas More receive 2.5 hours of Religious Education each week. This integrates the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Levels of Attainment and the Religious Education Curriculum Directory.

Religious Education is a core subject in our school and 10% of curriculum time is devoted to the teaching of RE.  Pupil progress and attainment is assessed termly using levels of attainment to support teacher assessment.   Click on the link to see the levels of attainment whole school overview.

Children explore the mystery of Faith through Scripture and Tradition. Lessons are very well resourced with interactive stimuli, a variety of artefacts and making cross curricular links. There are three topics taught each term and 2 ‘other faith’ units Judaism in the Autumn term and Islam in the Summer)

Over the course of the year, pupils study 9 topics in RE exploring different themes.   Click this link to see the  whole school “Come and See” overview that shows what your children will learn about over the course of the year.

Each topic begins with a “Big Question.”   This gives the children an opportunity to explore and express what they already think/know about a topic and enables the class teacher to assess pupils’ starting points.  Click on the link to see the “Big Questions” children will be exploring within each year group.

‘Come and See’ provides many opportunities for celebrating joyfully and prayerfully through music and in quiet times of reflection. This takes place in class, assemblies and whole school celebrations. Children from each year group have the opportunity to teach the rest of the school a hymn/John Burland song of their choice.

In order to help parents support their children at home with what they are learning in RE, termly “ Come and See” parental newsletters are posted on our website (refer to newsletters section).

Our R.E. programme is appropriate to the age and developmental stage of each child. A whole school approach is taken with the overall themes as set out below:

Autumn:

Domestic church – Family

Baptism/Confirmation – Belonging

Advent/Christmas – Loving

Spring:

Local church – Community

Eucharist – Relating

Lent/Easter – Giving

Summer:

Pentecost – Serving

Reconciliation – Inter-relating

Universal Church – World

The class teacher ensures differentiation according to each child’s ability and with the support of the differentiated tasks suggested in ‘Come and See.’ For all children the programme raises questions and provides material for reflecting on their own experience.

It will help them to explore the beliefs, values and way of life of the Catholic tradition and where appropriate of other faith traditions.

The content of each RE topic is structured so that there is cohesion and progression in what the children do and learn. In order to allow pupils to work according to their different abilities, for each level there are:

  • Clearly stated aims
  • Achievable learning outcomes
  • A selection of experiences and activities for each of the learning intentions

Teachers send termly RE newsletters send out to parents at the beginning of each new term with topic titles and suggested activities of how they can support their children at home.

Statements to live by

‘Statements to live by’. These statements help the children and all of us adults too, to think about who we are, what we believe and what we hope to become. We hope that together we will nurture a sense of what it is to be fully human and alive as children and adults sharing in this Christian community.

The resource is rooted in nine guiding principles which support the distinctive nature of Catholic schools. The statements make the Catholic values of the school explicit, promote a positive and caring Christian ethos that is understood and communicated to everyone, promote emotional literacy and contribute towards community cohesion and the common good. Each statement is also linked to the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum. CAFOD have also provided material which explores the statements. There are 36 statements in all and each one is relevant no matter what our religious beliefs are.

They ensure that children and young people are given opportunities to:

  • Hear the Christian story and encounter the person of Jesus
  • Understand their uniqueness as made in the image and likeness of God
  • Experience a sense of belonging within a range of communities, including the local Eucharistic community
  • Know, appreciate and understand the importance of social justice
  • Know that our limitations are also opportunities for growth
  • Understand the connection between knowledge and living
  • Know that everything has the opportunity to reveal God’s presence to us, ie to see the divine in the ordinary
  • Forgive and be forgiven, to reconcile and be reconciled
  • Experience fun, humour, imagination, creativity, play and excitement in life

Each statement will be supported by activities in school such as ‘Circle Time’ and each statement will be celebrated in prayer. The statements will be displayed in each class, on our newsletters and around the school. Statements can be used as ‘screen savers’ on computers, displayed in entrance areas, displayed in the staff room and included in briefing notes. Most schools involve parents by sharing the statements in parent newsletters. The resource also includes reflections for adults.

Here at St Thomas More, a new statement is introduced and explained in Monday’s whole school collective worship. It is displayed in every classroom, the halls. The statement becomes the focus to think about at the beginning of the school day, it is reinforced throughout the day, explored in collective worship and circle times (written specifically for each statement) and reflected upon before going home.

Every 4 weeks teachers send home an activity linked to the 4 statements the children will be exploring that month.

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