RE Curriculum

Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire.

Our Mission Statement is the cornerstone of everything we do at St Catherine’s. Through our bespoke Religious Education Curriculum, we aim for our pupils to gain a deep understanding of their innate gifts, talents and skills. Every child deserves to flourish, physically, socially, emotionally, mentally and academically. We want to enable them to, ‘Be who God created them to be’.

At school we follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work for RE, which fulfils the requirements of the Bishop’s Conference and the Curriculum Directory for Religious Education, which sets forth the expectations for what should be covered by Religious Education teaching in Catholic Schools in England and Wales. In addition to this, teachers extend their planning to reflect the events of the liturgical calendar, global events and the life of the Catholic Church.

We supplement ‘Come and See’ with bespoke Enrichment Units. These are designed to teach our pupils about current issues relating to Catholic Social Teaching and Social Justice (e.g. about single use plastics, refugees and the Black Lives Matter Movement). Children are challenged to relate Gospel stories (such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan) and Papal Encyclicals (such as Fratelli Tutti) to modern events and consider how they can live out their beliefs. We seek to inspire our pupils to take what they have learnt and, ‘Set the world on fire’ – to go forth and be change in their community and the world.

As well as covering the delivery of Catholic Education, ‘Come and See’ also contains the resources and units required for us to regularly teach children about other world religions, in order that they develop an appreciation for faith in a wider sense and are appreciative and respectful of the religious beliefs, practices and observances of others thus enabling them to be responsible and constructive members of the multi-cultural, multi-faith society in which they live.

Although preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are completed outside of school within the Parish community, during Year 3, the RE curriculum also supports children in this journey towards fuller participation in the Mass and the life of the Church.

How can I support my child’s learning in Religious Education?

1. Take them to Church! Parents are the primary educators of our faith. Children who regularly attend Mass have a secure knowledge of the scripture that forms the basis of our curriculum. They hear the Bible stories from a young age and begin to absorb the messages. At school, we can then build on this to deepen their knowledge and understanding, make links and consider how to live out their beliefs in a complex world.

2. Ensure they complete Home Learning. As with all Core subjects, your child will be set regular Religious Education Home Learning – these will often be creative, project-based tasks. You can collaborate with your child and also take the opportunity to discuss their learning.

3. Monitor their RE Feedback Friday Targets. These will keep you informed about your child’s progress throughout each unit. You can do work with them at home to help them achieve their target.

Religious Education Curriculum Statement:

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Examples of topics, and support for parents:

Advent

Lent

The Eucharist