Our RE curriculum follows ‘Come and See’ a Catholic Primary Religious Education programme for Foundation and Key Stages 1 and 2
The Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the search for meaning in life. God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us and our response of faith. (cf. CCC26) This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through; Explore, Reveal and Respond.
The table below shows the themes and aspects of learning for each programme of study, as well as which year group and when they will be taught.
At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self revelation of love through Jesus Christ. ‘Come and See’ gives the pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and our Religious Tradition.
Central to the programme are these three questions:
- Where do I come from? Life – Creation
- Who am I? Dignity – Incarnation
- Why am I here? Purpose – Redemption
‘Come and See’ helps our pupils to explore the beliefs, values and way of life that our Catholic faith asks of us.
It supports the faith experience of all children because it starts with their real-life experience and leads them to reflect upon the meaning of church, sacraments and the person Jesus in their lives.
Pupils are encouraged to develop their faith by regular prayer in class, Collective Worship, Reflection, celebration of Masses and other religious and liturgical celebrations throughout the year. They are also encouraged to reflect upon social and moral issues, which affect our immediate and global communities.
We believe that the aim of religious education is to contribute to the development of the children as individuals and valued members of society. Our principal task is to help children to know, understand and appreciate the spiritual and religious dimension of life as expressed in the Catholic faith tradition and important aspects of other traditions.
We endeavour to do this by giving pupils opportunities to develop spiritually, morally, intellectually, emotionally and physically, towards their full and unique potential, in the sight of God.
This can be identified in all our work in school but most of all in the relationships which exist within the school. We value others for themselves, not only for what they have or what they can do for us. We value relationships as fundamental to the development and fulfilment of ourselves and others and to the good of the community.
As a Catholic Community we hold that our faith and catholic values, which we hold dear, should have an effect on all aspects of school life, not just curriculum, but also personal relationships, manners, social development etc. It should also affect the conduct of wider school activities: celebrations, anniversaries, festivals, problems and complaints. In this way we wish to promote an awareness of the spiritual significance of all aspects of daily life including the gifts, talents and personalities of both children and staff.
Assessment in Come and See is related to the skills, concepts and attitudes to be developed through the exploration of themes and the learning outcomes of each topic.
Informal assessments can be made informally throughout the year, where teachers will observe pupils undertaking a range of tasks, engage in pupil/teacher dialogue, scrutinise pupil’s work and observe pupil’s interactions with others as well as their contribution to the wider life of the school and our parish community. Progress is recorded in order to plan for next steps for learning using the appropriate driver words.
Formal assessments occur termly throughout the year and are moderated within school. Each theme is formally assessed twice throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. An activity will be undertaken which enables pupils to show how they have met the Learning Outcome.