Religious Education 2021-22
Please read our new RE newsletter and Come & See Newsletter to find out more about what’s happening in RE this term.
Religious Education – Come and See
Religious Education is at the core of our curriculum, allowing us to develop children’s religious literacy, knowledge and understanding of their faith. We follow the ‘Come and See’ RE scheme of work. ‘Come and See’ is the response Jesus gave the disciples when they asked ‘Where do you live?’ (John 1:39) The RE curriculum is therefore based on the truth revealed by God about ourselves, our life together and our ultimate destiny with God.
At the heart of our RE curriculum are our ‘Big questions’, which ultimately drive the learning of the topic. These questions remain open ended and challening, providing children with opportunities to engage with the deepest questions of life (1 Peter 3:15), encouraging pupil collaboration, discussion and reflection. Throughout a range of topics, children are exposed to the mystery of God, the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Church, lives of Saints and the relationship between faith and life. These are explicity taught in RE, though we develop and encourage them through our Catholic Life and Collective Worship.
At English Martyrs’ we have a rigorous planning system for RE which incorporates opportunities for children to analyse and reflect on a range of religous stories and sources. Teachers are constantly recieving the correct forms of CPD to develop their subject knowledge and ability to teach RE to ensure children make the expected progress. Our RE leads ensure that RE is given 10% of the length of the taught week for each Key Stage and work at developing the appropriate skills to make their own informed decisions on how God impacts the way we live.
Five years ago, we decided to extend our RE curriculum by half an hour each week to include ‘Scripture story’ sessions. Every three weeks, each class will focus on a different piece of scripture to develop children’s knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, as well as understanding of Jesus’ and God’s word. Scripture stories are now embedded in our curriculum and we even have some of our older children delivering their own scripture story sessions.
Every year, during October, we have an RE parents evening where we invite parents to come and learn more about our RE curriculum. Keep an eye out for the date in our Newsletter.
Our RE curriculum follows three themes, which are explored at different stages throughout the year. They include: Church, Sacrament and Christain Living.
Church – These themes take place each season time and each theme gradually on the children’s prior learning from the previous topic. Children will explore ‘Family’, ‘Local community’ and ‘Universal Church’ within this topic.
Sacrament – We explore Sacraments once in every seasons time. Children will learn about Baptism (KS1), Confirmation (KS2), Ordination (KS2) Marriage (KS2) and the Eucharist.
Christian Living – Children will learn about Advent (celebrating life), Lent and Easter (the cost of life) and Pentecost (feasts to celebrate).
At English Martyrs’, the Gospel Values are very important to us, as they guide and teach us how to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. This year, we have given each class their own Gospel Value, which they will learn about throughout the course of the year. We hope that, in turn, learning and appeciating these Gospel values will help some of the older children in their RE, as well as their Catholic Life, to incorporate into their writing, helping them to make links and show an understanding of their beliefs.
As part of our RE curriculum, we teach and learn about other faiths throughout the year. We have a week off timetable, where we focus purely on a different faith e.g. Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. We teach the children that Jesus showed respect for those within and outside his own faith, and because we learn from Jesus, we must also do the same. The church calls us to be committed to respecting people of other religions and therefore children are invited to learn, reflect upon and gain insight. During these weeks, we aim to invite someone in to talk to the children about their faith.