Religious Education Curriculum
St Mary's is a Catholic school and we keep the Catholic Faith at the centre of our lives. We recognise and value that each member of our community is special and unique. Religious Education at St Mary's respects and promotes each child's capacity for awe, wonder, reverence and spirituality.
Our School Mission is at the heart of everything we do at St Marys.
We love God ... so we follow examples of Jesus.
We love learning ... so we always do our very best.
We love each other ... so we treat each other as we want to be treated.
Come and See - RE Curriculum
RE is taught across the whole school following the scheme 'Come and See'. 'This scheme helps children along their individual faith journeys and develop their religious literacy. During each year, all children cover the following 9 themes/topics:
- Domestic Church - Family
- Baptism/Confirmation - Belonging
- Advent/Christmas - Loving
- Local Church - Community
- Eucharist - Relating
- Lent/Easter - Giving
- Pentecost - Serving
- Reconciliation - Inter-relating
- Universal Church - World
At the start of new theme, children are asked to consider a 'big question' to gather together any prior knowledge and to offer children time to consider the theme. Examples of these questions can be found here
Alongside the 'Come and See' scheme, we develop the children's understanding of the Liturgical Year.
In school we have RE displays on a neutral background, bordered by the colour of the Liturgical year. Prayer corners have the corresponding coloured cloth and symbols fitting for the season. We teach and encourage children to use these when creating their own liturgies.
Saint's Days and Feast Days
Throughout the year we remember and celebrate different Saint's Days and Feast Days.
During the Spring Term each year group is taught about Judaism.
EYFS - Hanukkah
Year 1 - Abraham and Moses
Year 2 - Shabbat
Year 3 - The Synagogue
Year 4 - The Torah
Year 5 - Pesach
Year 6 - Yom Kippur
During the Summer term each year group is taught about Islam
EYFS - Prayer Mats
Year 1 - Muhammad
Year 2 - Prayer at home
Year 3 - The Mosque
Year 4 - The Qur'an
Year 5 - Ramadan and Pilgrimage
Year 6 - Guidance for Muslims