The Wednesday Word
The Wednesday Word particularly seeks to reach our children and families who do not hear the Gospel read in church or read the Bible together.
Children receive the leaflet each week via parentmail – as a Gospel ‘gift’ – for them to share with their family. This creates a new opportunity for the Word to be present in the homes of all our families.
The weekly appearance of The Wednesday Word in the home is also designed to act as a gentle, regular invitation to the Catholic Church throughout the time families are connected to the life of the school. This is a most excellent way to support school families through sharing the good news of the Sunday Gospel – whilst enhancing the Home, School and Parish partnership.
Home School Value
Each month at St Clement’s we will be focusing on a different Gospel Value. We will explore the distinctive nature of our school through these values. We encourage the children the demonstrate these values and love to hear from the children about which values they have seen both inside and outside of school and the ways in which the values have helped them and guided their lives. The value we will be exploring in June is Charity.
In Catholic schools, as in any other school, Religious Education is taught as an academic subject. However, the whole life of a Catholic School has to be an expression in practice of Catholic belief and Catholic tradition. As they grow, the children are encouraged to put their faith into practice in their own lives.
In class, the children help to prepare and participate in masses and assemblies. Not only in the teaching, but also in the daily practice of the faith, our children are helped by the personal example of our staff.
Home – School – Partnership
We respect that parents are the primary educators of their children and their first experience of Religious Education begins at home at Baptism. The school works in partnership with parents and parish to enrich the lives of the children at St. Clement’s.
Our Mission Statement
At St. Clement’s Catholic Primary School we strive to create a stimulating environment so that by learning, playing and working together, we openly follow Christ’s teachings. We seek to offer every person the opportunity to be a unique and valued individual, sharing and developing belief in the teachings of Jesus through everyday relationships and mutual respect in our dealings with one another.
In order to achieve our mission of ‘Growing together in Love and Learning,’
We aim to create a welcoming, secure and caring environment in which all can happily work;
We aim to offer each child a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum of the highest standard to meet their spiritual, emotional, moral, intellectual and physical needs and to prepare them for the responsibilities of adult life;
We aim to develop a spirit of care, generosity, forgiveness and equal opportunity within our community through prayer and living our faith.
We aim to be a worshiping community be celebrating meaningful and appropriate liturgy and ensuring that prayer life is nourished, guided and developed.
Liturgy and Collective Worship
Our Catholic faith is central to day to day life of our school and all aspects of the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to recognise the importance of their faith and they respond to all forms of liturgy and collective worship with respect and reverence.
We have a rich liturgical life in that the experiences we provide are wide ranging and take place in school, out of school in Church and the wider community, and engage and involve pupils, staff, governors and the parish.
The Celebration of the Eucharist and prayer are central in our school.
Our Parish Priest regularly celebrates Mass in school. In addition, we celebrate School Masses at the beginning and end of term and on other significant occasions.
Our Parish Priest leads a retreat day with our Year 5 pupils, which further enhances children’s knowledge, skills and helps them to develop a deeper understanding of their faith.
Come and See Programme
St Clement’s uses ‘Come and See’ to support the children’s understanding of R.E.
This programme, Come and See overview 2021-2022 helps children to learn about scripture, the liturgical season, the sacraments and also includes a multi-faith element.
At the beginning of each term, we inform parents of what we will be learning and how this can be supported at home.
A Journey in Love – Our programme used to deliver Relationship and Sex Education
A Journey In Love is a resource created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Sex and Relationship Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curricula taught within the school.
As children progress through the school, they discover more and more about themselves and the wider world. The thirst for learning new things is fostered by the school, who attempt to create a safe and stimulating environment for learning and supporting all children in their development.
A Journey in Love supports children in growing and developing healthy and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships, for this is happen children must be at ease with themselves and grow in self knowledge.
Throughout ‘A Journey In Love’ an aspect of the mystery of love is focussed upon in each group, children and young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected in each stage of a person’s growth in the Primary Years through a series of suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and again these are treated with care and understanding.
A Journey In Love, highlights the importance of parental input and details of the programme are detailed below. In Year 6 the content covers Sex Education as part of the relationship programme. Parents have the right to request that their child is withdrawn from this aspect of the programme.