R.E. at St Anne's School
"With Christ in our hearts we live life to the full."
‘Following the example of Blessed Christopher Wharton, we seek to grow in the virtues of Faith, Service and Courage so that our schools may be a light to the world. Together in the Light of Christ, our family of schools will strive for educational excellence, creating thriving Catholic learning communities where each person can fulfil their God-given potential.’
Mission - Blessed Christopher Wharton Trust.
‘Religious Education is concerned not only with intellectual knowledge but also includes emotional and affective learning…
Without religious education, pupils would be deprived of an essential element of their formation and personal development,
which helps them attain a vital harmony between faith and culture.’
Religious Education Curriculum Directory - p4.
Our Primary aims:
- to promote knowledge and understanding of Catholic faith and life.
- children to meet the Diocesan Standards for Primary Religious Education, which will be taught by highly qualified staff who will engage children’s intellect, heart and imagination, inspiring enthusiasm and interest in RE.
- to promote the unique and individual talents of each child and ensure that they reach their full potential.
- to promote the skills required to engage in examination of and reflection upon religious belief and practice.
- to promote a close relationship between home, school and parish.
Religious education is more than just one subject in the curriculum. In Catholic schools it is the core of the “core curriculum’.
Pope St. John Paul II, 1988
Programme of Study:
To fulfil the above aims and to address the 4 areas of study outlined in the Curriculum Directory – Revelation, Church, Celebration and Life in Christ - The Way, The Truth and The Life programme is used as recommended by the Diocese.
From 2019 we also follow the Diocese implementation of the “Virtues to live by - The flourishing of the whole person” a collection of Virtues that coincide with the Church’s Year that are taught throughout the three school terms. Children learn about the Virtues, links to the Bible, Jesus’ teachings and their everyday life. Through Liturgies, assemblies, collective worship and circle time they explore these virtues and are commended for living them out in their daily lives. We aim to teach our children to display virtues to others and carry out our Mission.
Link to the Virtue site : https://www.virtuestoliveby.org/
The planning for each year group, with key I can statements: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/education/primary/way-truth-life.php
Other Faiths are taught in classes as part of the syllabus, the Way, the Truth and The Life. To celebrate the denominational make up of our school we also hold special weeks to learn more about other major world religions including Islam, Buddhism, and Juddaism, at an age appropriate level.
- Children are happy learners within RE. They experience a wide-ranging number of learning challenges in RE and know appropriate responses to them.
- Through RE, children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents
- Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in RE and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
- Children are well prepared for the next stage of their education as confident and enthusiastic learners who are witness to Christ in their words and actions
- Children produce good quality work across religion, which they are proud of
- The children will grow to know and love God, develop their moral and spiritual nature and deepen their faith.
- Children will live their faith in an active and positive way.
- Children live out the school's virtues in their relationships with others.
- The school environment will reflect and celebrate our Catholic faith.
- Children will be able to define, describe and discuss areas of RE. They will confidently use skills such as retelling, describing, comparing, giving reasons, explaining the meaning of biblical stories and considering the impact of beliefs.
- Children will be able to reflect and consider important questions about RE.
- Through wider reading in RE, children will be able to make links between Jesus’ life and teaching and link it to their own lives, making links between different forms of Christian action, such as in rituals and charitable acts.
- The majority of children are working at age related expectations by the end of EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.