Come and See – Intent Statement
We are a Catholic school with Christ and Gospel values at the centre of our lives. We recognise and value every individual as special, unique and made the image and likeness of God. Through our Mission statement we aim to encourage children to answer God’s call to come to know Jesus through their experiences and reflections.
The aim of Religious Education at St. George’s is for the children to grow in their own spirituality and faith, through their love for God and one another, their learning about and from God and their praise of God and his creation. Through our curriculum we promote each child’s innate capacity for wonder, awe, reverence and spirituality.
Our children are taught about God’s love; they learn about their Christian responsibilities and are provided with experiences of church, Catholic and Christian traditions, as well as being taught to be respectful and understanding of people and traditions from other faith backgrounds. Through Religious Education our children learn about their unique place within the home, school and parish community. Central to our ethos are the opportunities for prayer and worship which lie at the heart of our faith. We will promote and encourage prayer at every level, together with the skills and attitudes necessary to live out the Christian message in the modern world.
As RE is a core subject it is taught for 10% of the curriculum, in line with the Bishops’ Conference recommendations. Collective worship is in addition to this. We follow the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education Programme from Nursery through to Year 6.
‘Come and See’ provides:
- Opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection in implicit and explicit ways.
- Children with the language of religious experience.
- Opportunities to explore and develop religious stories, and events.
- Appropriate materials about other Faiths.
Overview of content:
- ‘Come and See’ is taught through a series of 9 topics exploring:
- Community of faith- church
- Celebration in ritual- sacraments
- Way of life- Christian living
- Other faith traditions are also explored through discreet topics.
The process for delivering the topics in ‘Come and See’ has three stages – Explore, Reveal and Respond which enables the pupils with the development of knowledge, understanding, skills and the fostering of attitudes.
In R.E children explore religious questions about life. Links are made with children’s own experiences and universal experience. It will raise questions and provide material for reflection. It enables children to explore their beliefs, values and way of life.
Assessment of RE in St George’s comprises of ongoing Informal Assessment against the Standard Indicators and Formal Assessment Tasks as advised by the Diocese. These are then used to inform planning and to identify areas for focus and support. Assessment is moderated internally and externally within cluster meetings
Through the complete and rigorous Religious Education at St George’s, children are given the opportunity to develop and become brothers and sisters in Christ. They talk openly and deeply about their Faith and reflect this in their everyday life. They demonstrate their understanding of Gospel values in their everyday actions and behaviours and this is seen clearly through the whole ethos of our school.
They also show this learning through deep questioning, reflective responses, respect for all and treating others as God would want them too. Children are happy and confident in their place in the community and have a clear understanding on their impact in it.