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Mission Statement

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught throughout the school using the 'Come and See' programme. The 'Come and See' programme is also taught over the whole of the Arundel and Brighton diocese.

“Come and See” is an invitation and a promise of life for everyone. The invitation is open to all. In response to the question ‘Where do you live?’, Jesus invited the disciples to ‘Come and See.’ They went with Jesus ‘and spent the rest of that day with him.’

We recognise that all children are at different stages in their journey of faith; for some children RE is catechesis and part of their formation in the faith. Those who receive the invitation to ‘Come and see’ may also offer it to others. In the same invitation we remember that for some of our children RE will be evangelisation, the first opportunity to hear the good news.

Religious Education is a core subject of the curriculum for Catholic Schools and as such teaching and learning in RE makes up 10% of curriculum time. As such it is taught rigorously with all the same expectations as other core subjects whilst maintaining a creative element and encouraging children to question and think at a high level.

What pupils learn

Each term pupils study three topics, each lasting four weeks and following a common theme across the school. As the children move through the school this theme is developed further, appropriate to the pupils age and stage of learning.

Each year group approaches the theme through a different topic eg the Autumn term topic 1 is a 'Domestic Church' theme which is explored through:

Early Years – Myself

Year 1 – Families

Year 2 – Beginnings

Year 3 – Homes

Year 4 – People

Year 5 – Ourselves

Year 6 – Loving

In the Autumn term theme of Belonging (topic 2) Early Years children will be learning about Baptism as being welcomed to God’s family, in their “Welcome” topic, Years 1,2 and 3 further develop their understanding of Baptism, including Signs and Symbols (Yr2) and Promises (Yr3), whilst in their “Community” topic Year 4 move on to learn about Confirmation, Yr5 learn about the commitment of Marriage in their Life Choices topic and Yr6 learn about the vocation to priesthood and religious life in their “Vocation and commitment” topic. Scripture is at the heart of each topic.

The termly themes are as follows:

AUTUMN  

 The three autumn themes are developed in the light of an understanding of Creation.

  • Family - Domestic church;
  • Belonging - Baptism/Confirmation/Marriage/Vocation;
  • Loving - Advent/Christmas.

SPRING   

The three spring themes are developed in the light of an understanding of Incarnation

  • Community - Local church;
  • Relating - Eucharist;
  • Giving - Lent/Easter.

SUMMER                                             

The three summer themes are developed in the light of an understanding of Redemption and the work of the Holy Spirit

  • Serving - Pentecost;
  • Inter-relating - Reconciliation;
  • World - Universal Church.

Each four-weekly topic is broken into 3 aspects:

EXPLORE (1 WEEK )

  • Introduces the topic;
  • The children’s life experience is explored;
  • The questions raised are wondered at, shared, investigated and their significance reflected upon;
  • Focus on AT2 Reflection on meaning.

REVEAL (2 WEEKS)

  • Heart of the programme;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith revealed through Scripture, Tradition, doctrine, prayers, rites and Christian living;
  • Focus on AT1 Knowledge and Understanding & AT2 Reflection on Meaning.

RESPOND (1 WEEK)

  • Learning is remembered, celebrated and responded to in daily life;
  • Prayer.
  • Prayer and celebration are integral to Come and See;
  • Opportunities for reflection are present within Explore, Reveal and Respond;
  • Traditional prayers are introduced in the different Key Stages;
  • Prayer styles: children are introduced to a range throughout the scheme.

Children all have a special 'Come and See' book in which their RE learning is both treasured and shows high expectations for learning. In addition, Key Stage 2 children have their own prayer journals.

At the end of each RE topic all children in Year 1 - 6 also have an opportunity for 'Spiritual Journaling' where they can record and illustrate their thoughts about a particular piece of scripture. These spiritual journals follow children up through the school. 

The children’s personal social and emotional understanding is developed through our Religious Education and the Catholic Life of the school. Our school is very proud of the range of support we can offer families and children who are going through difficult times. We have a range of therapeutic support for children and families, including a school counsellor who is part of the team, one to one and group sessions with children that include therapeutic story writing and meditation for parents.

OTHER FAITHS

Judiaism is taught in the Autumn Term and Islam in the Summer Term using the Come and See materials. 

How can you help?

  • Parents’ termly letter gives overview of topics and suggestions for discussion with children;
  • Homework tasks;
  • Come and celebrate Masses and collective worship with us.