THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMME
To fulfil our aims and objectives we use the Come and See Programme of Religious Education for Primary Schools as approved by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Links are made with the pupils’ own experiences and with universal experience of other faith traditions. The programme is therefore 'objective' and 'subjective.'
At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and Tradition.
For all children the programme will raise questions and provide material for reflecting on their own experience. It will help them to explore the beliefs, values and way of life of the Catholic tradition and where appropriate of other faith traditions.
Religious Education accounts for 10% of the weekly timetable.
Each term sees 3 new ‘themes’ which will be explored. These fall into the categories of the Church, Sacraments and Christian Living.
Autumn Term – Domestic Church
Spring Term – Local Church
Summer Term – the Universal Church
Autumn Term – Baptism
Spring Term – the Eucharist
Summer Term – Reconciliation
Autumn Term – Advent and Christmas
Spring Term – Lent and Easter
Summer Term – Pentecost
When studying the themes each year group has a different topic which they focus on. For example, when looking at the Domestic Church in the Autumn term all year groups study family but through different topics such as:
EYFS : Myself
Year 1 : families
Year 2 : Beginnings
In addition to learning about the Catholic faith the children also participate in ‘other faith’ weeks throughout the year, for example Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
The process for delivering Come and See has three stages – Explore, Reveal and Respond which enables pupils to develop knowledge, understanding and skills and attitudes. The process encompasses a variety of teaching and learning styles, which enable the needs of individual pupils to be met.
Explore - The teacher helps the children to begin to look at and focus on the experience within their own lives – concerning themselves, their relationships and their world. This will take one week of Religious Education time to complete.
Reveal is the heart of the process. The teacher and the children together discover the Christian understanding of the mystery of the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They explore the mystery of human life as revealed in the person, life and gospel of Jesus Christ Christians. This will take two weeks of Religious Education time to complete.
Respond - the children will respond by remembering and celebrating all that they have learnt. This new understanding will help them to make a personal response in their daily lives. This will take one week of Religious Education time to complete.
In the Foundation Stage, Religious Education drives the whole curriculum. Through engaging, practical, integrated activities, children can learn more about themselves, other people and the world around them and develop their religious knowledge, skills and understanding. R.E. makes an active contribution to the areas of learning outlined in the curriculum for the foundation phase but has a particular and important contribution to:
Throughout the programme for Nursery and Reception the process will be divided as follows:
In Years 1 and 2, the structure within both Explore and Reveal comprises of the following sections:
1. Learning focus: the overall focus of each session.
2. Content: some suggestions for input to develop the focus.
3. Some key questions follow the input, these are suggested questions which will encourage the children to wonder and reflect on what they have heard or seen; other questions may also arise.
4. Some suggested activities, the third section offers some activities, it is not an exhaustive list nor is it to be supposed that the children will complete them all; they are simply guidelines. Wherever possible they are differentiated but will of course need to be adapted to the ability and interests of the children. There are some links for special needs children using symbol supported text.
The Respond structure is the same for Foundation stage as well as Key stage 1. This is the opportunity for children to respond to what they know and understand by three means.
1. Remember: here the children will be prompted by a variety of means to demonstrate what they wonder about (AT2) and what they remember (AT1).
2. Rejoice: is the opportunity to celebrate the children’s new knowledge and understanding of the topic. The children will contribute to the celebration by recalling and suggesting readings, songs and prayers which have been significant. (See below for details).
3. Renew: this is where the children can make an individual response to what they have learnt and experienced and consider how they might apply it to their daily lives.
The themes and topics framework sets out the Programme for the year: