Religious Education

Vision

We recognise that Christ is at the centre of our school and the teaching of Religious Education is at the heart of the curriculum and ethos of St John’s Catholic Primary School. This permeates through every aspect of school life. We believe that, through example and teaching, our children will come to know of God’s love and compassion for everyone, and work towards living by the Gospel values following the example that Jesus gave us to “Love one another as I have loved you.”  We hope to foster a sensitive and reflective attitude to life.

We firmly believe that

Christ is the centre of our school community where we live, love and learn together”

The aim of Religious Education in St John’s Catholic Primary School is to provide a programme that takes into account the religious and educational needs of our children. It is for all. It is a collaborative activity which respects and promotes the child’s innate capacity for wonder, awe and reverence i.e. for the ‘spiritual’.

Our aims are:

  •  For RE to be a core subject central to the life of our school, taught discreetly and developmentally.
     
  • To engage with the deepest questions of life, deepening knowledge and understanding and the application to life itself.
     
  • To provide opportunities to apply and use their knowledge and skills in cross-curricular studies to deepen their understanding and think creatively.
     
  • For pupils and staff to engage with their own and others’ beliefs and values so that we all have a love of learning and a desire to go on learning.
     
  • To engage with questions of meaning and purpose enabling others to think critically about their own questions of meaning and purpose.
     
  • To offer children a sense of self worth through their experience of belonging to a caring community and an awareness of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.

The outcome of Religious Education is:

‘religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of the religious commitment in everyday life.’ 

RE Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools 2012

In order to achieve this we follow the Liverpool Archdiocesan R.E. programme “Come and See”.

All year groups follow the same theme but study different topics.

In addition to the topics studied, one week is dedicated to Judaism and one week to Islam.

Religious Education - Long Term Plans 2018-19

Themes

Early Years

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3                   

Year 4

Year 5

                         

Year 6

Domestic church family

Myself

God knows and loves each one

Families

God’s love and care for every family

Beginnings

God at every beginning

Homes

God’s dream for every family

People

The family of God in Scripture

Ourselves

Created in the image & likeness of God

Loving

God who never stops loving

Baptism / confirmation belonging

Welcome

Baptism; a welcome to God’s family

Belonging

Baptism an invitation to belong to

God’s family

Signs & symbols

Signs & symbols in Baptism

Promises

Promises made at Baptism

Called

Confirmation:a call to witness

Life choices Marriage commitment and service

Vocation & commitment The vocation of priesthood and religious life

Advent/ Christmas loving

Birthday

Looking forward to Jesus’ birthday

Waiting

Advent a time to look forward to Christmas

Preparations

Advent; preparing to celebrate Christmas

Visitors

Advent: waiting for the coming of Jesus

Gift

God’s gift of love &

friendship in Jesus

Hope

Advent; waiting in joyful hope for Jesus; the promised one

Expectations

Jesus born to show God to the world

 

Local church community

Celebrating

People celebrate in Church

Special people

People in the parish family

Books

The books used in  Church

Journeys Christian family’s journey with Jesus

Community life in the local Christian community: ministries in the parish

Mission

Continuing Jesus’ mission in diocese [ecumenism]

Sources

The Bible, the special book for the Church

 

Eucharist relating

Gathering

The parish family gathers to celebrate Eucharist

Meals

Mass; Jesus’ special

meal

Thanksgiving

Mass a special time for saying thank you to God for everything,

especially Jesus

Listening & sharing

Jesus gives himself to us in a

special way

Giving & receiving

Living in communion

Memorial sacrifice

The Eucharist the living memorial of Jesus’ sacrifice

Unity

Eucharist enables people to live in communion.

Lent/Easter giving

Growing

Looking forward to Easter

Change

Lent a time for change

Opportunities

Lent; an opportunity to start anew in order to celebrate Jesus’ new life

Giving all

Lent a time to remember Jesus’ total giving

Self discipline

Celebrating growth to new life

Sacrifice

Lent a time of aligning with the sacrifice already made by Jesus

Death & new life

Celebrating Jesus’ death & resurrection

 

Pentecost serving

Good News

Passing on the Good news of Jesus

Holidays & holydays

Pentecost: feast of the Holy Spirit

Spread the word

Pentecost a time to spread the Good News

Energy

Gifts of the Holy

Spirit

New life

To hear & live the

Easter message

Transformation

Celebration of the Spirit’s transforming power

Witnesses

The Holy Spirit enables people to become witnesses

 

Reconciliation

Inter-relating

Friends

Friends of Jesus

Being sorry

God helps us to choose well Sacrament of Reconciliation

Rules

Reasons for rules in the Christian family Sacrament of Reconciliation

Choices

The importance of examination of conscience Sacrament of Reconciliation

Building bridges

Admitting wrong, being reconciled with God and each other Sacrament of Reconciliation

Freedom & responsibility

Commandments enable Christians to be free & responsible

Healing

Sacrament of the Sick

 

Universal Church world

Our world

God’s wonderful world

Neighbours

Neighbours share God’s world

Treasures

God’s treasure; the world

Special places

Holy places for Jesus & the Christian

God’s people

Different saints show people what God is like

Stewardship

The Church is called to the stewardship of Creation

Common good

Work of the worldwide Christian fa


Please click here for our R.E useful links page.

 

Also check out our Catholic Life area including our Come and See page.

  1. Overview of Come and See