Religious Education is at the centre of all we do, here at St Robert Southwell Catholic Primary School. It can be seen throughout our school, not just in our RE lessons, but through Collective Worship, our links with our local parish and our behaviour towards one another. RE is a core subject and, in line with Bishops’ Conference recommendations, 10% of teaching time is allocated to RE. The school, like all of those in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, changed its RE syllabus from September 2013, after two decades of the “Here I Am” programme, to a new programme called “Come and See.” After two successful years of teaching this carefully structured scheme, it is clear to see it has been well received by the children and staff. Come and See allows children to explore the religious aspects of life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Children reflect on personal experiences and links are made with Catholic and non-Catholic faith traditions. Over the academic year, two other faiths are taught, during the Autumn term we look at Judaism and during the Summer term will be immersing ourselves in Islam. A variety of teaching methods and resources are used, including stories from the Bible, songs and hymns, role play, liturgical dance, creative activities, videos and CDs and discussion. The children cover three themes each term and 63 topics in total from Reception through to Year 6.
The themes are:
Autumn term: Our church – family, baptism and confirmation – belonging, Advent and Christmas – loving.
Spring term: Local church – community, Eucharist – relating, Lent and Easter – giving.
Summer term: Pentecost – serving, reconciliation – inter-relating, universal church – world.
You can see more detail about each topic on the RE Curriculum Programme document below. All of the topics are rooted in the children’s own experiences in life, our teachers then extend the learning further through reflection and purposeful activity. We look at Scripture passages that match the topic being covered and unpick the meaning and how we can use this Scripture to enhance our lives and help us to be better Christians.
There are many events throughout the academic year that the children and their families can be involved in. These include:
- Mass to celebrate the new school year
- Harvest Festival
- Christingle for Reception children
- The Christmas Carol Service at All Saints Church
- The Year 1 and 2 children share the Nativity story with us in the lead up to Christmas
- Reception children also share the birth of Jesus with us through carols and role play
- Epiphany Mass
- Stations of the Cross
- Mass of the Risen Christ
- Rosary which takes place every Thursday
- The May Procession and Crowning of Our Lady
- The Good Shepherd Celebration in the Summer Term
- End of Year/Leavers Mass where we will celebrate the successes over the past year and the events over the last seven years for our Y6 leavers
- Reconciliation Services throughout the year, with the opportunity for those who have and those who will be making their First Holy Communion
We do hope you will be involved in as many of these events throughout the year as possible. If you would like anymore information on these events please contact Miss Willsher, the RE Leader.