The intent of our RE curriculum is to ensure that our mission and vision are embedded across the school. This sits alongside the Gospel Values which are inextricably linked through everything we teach. As a Catholic school, the RE curriculum is central to the whole school curriculum and underpins all teaching. It the ‘core of the core’.
Our intent is to promote Catholic values based on the teachings of Christ and to bring all members of the school community – staff, children, parents and governors – closer to God through the daily practice of those values in all areas of school activity.
It is also our intention that pupils at St Michael’s will enjoy their RE lessons and they will not be seen as something in which they are purely ‘taught’. RE lessons should be faith-filled, enjoyable lessons where each child feels they belong to our school community. Lessons should be places where everyone is respected for their beliefs and expressions of faith, but where ultimately, they all achieve.
We aim for our pupils to:
- present engagingly a comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
- continually deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
- present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society;
- raise their awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
- stimulate their imagination and develop a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith
- relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
- bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.
We are a Catholic school, and proud of that fact. The Catholicity of the school underpins what we do every day. This also directs us to implement an RE curriculum whereby the Catholic faith permeates everything we do. We ensure that families are supported in bringing their children up in the Catholic faith and we provide a well-rounded Catholic education. For RE we follow the Diocese’s ‘Come and See’ scheme as a starting point for planning and coverage. As RE is the ‘core of the core’ at St. Michael’s, we ensure that 10% of each class’ weekly timetable is allocated to RE lessons.
RE Overview 2019-2020 (taken from the Diocesan guidance)
Following Diocesan guidance, the progression of our RE teaching is based upon the statements provided in the Age Related Standards interim document.
The impact of our RE curriculum will be evident in the progress of our children and their ability to know more, remember more and do more and their developing personal faith. Teachers continually give feedback to children to further their understanding and provide challenge, and children act upon this feedback.
The impact of our RE curriculum will be apparent in the children’s engagement, enjoyment and enthusiasm towards RE and their individual faith, as well as the progress evidenced in their books, through their discussions and in their increasing confidence, independence and resilience in RE.