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.