As a Catholic school, we follow the scheme of work for Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Birmingham named ‘Learning and growing as people of God’. Following this scheme, our pupils will be able to explore and strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith. Each year group has very clear guidelines about the expectations for each unit of work providing a clear, concise structure for the teaching of Religious Education. The Strategy is divided into a number of units for each year group, usually 12, which cover four main areas of study:
· The Liturgical Seasons of the Church’s Year: The children find out about the significance of each season, its particular signs and symbols and the different liturgies celebrated in each season.
· Scripture: The children study both Old Testament and New Testament Scripture in order to give them familiarity and knowledge of Scripture as well as enabling them to explore and understand how Catholic beliefs are rooted in what Scripture reveals to us.
· The Sacraments: There is a strong Sacramental focus in each year group. The Year 3 and Year 6 books fully prepare the children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6.
· Living as Christians including Prayer: The children learn about what it is to live as Christians today, how the Church is organised from global to parish level and also the opportunities which exist for them to participate in the life of the Church.
In each unit, there are additional planned opportunities to pray and time to reflect.
In addition to the Diocesan strategy, we have dedicated theme days which seek to support the children in learning about other faiths. We also visit places of worship to develop our pupils’ understanding of Catholicism and other religions further.
Each pupil in school belongs to a house group named after a saint and each class has chosen a saint to study throughout the year.
Please see links on year group pages to access the Religious Education overview for particular classes, along with the more detailed plans as described in the Diocesan strategy.
For further information about our RE curriculum, please make an appointment to see our Religious Education Leader - Mrs S Colloff.