Religious Education

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we follow the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s Curriculum Strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Schools called 'Learning and Growing as people of God'. The strategy clearly lays out the steps to be taken in RE at each stage of the Primary Years. We then adapt this in order to make our lessons enjoyable and challenging for our children.

As part of the strategy the children learn about what it is to live as Christians today, how the Church is organised from global to parish level and also the opportunities which exist for them to participate in the life of the Church. Throughout the year the children also learn about the Liturgical Seasons and have opportunities to link learning to prayer and reflection.

It lays out clearly the steps to be taken in the teaching and learning of RE in EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2. It is an essential guide for what it to be covered in RE lessons. Its content also provides the foundations for a partnership between school, home and parish, a partnership that lies at the centre of Catholic Education.

There are numerous opportunities for cross curricular activities that link with and often stem from RE lessons. We use the internet, we visit places of worship and we invite people to speak about their faith.

At St Mary's, RE is not simply one subject among many, but the foundation of all that is done at school. The RE strategy provides a curriculum that addresses pupils' intellect, hearts and imagination. It covers a systematic study of Catholic faith and life.

There is a strong Sacramental focus in each year group. In Year 2 children are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Year 3 the sacrament of First Holy Communion and in Year 5 and 6 pupils continue on their journey of faith by preparing for Confirmation.

Our parish priest, Father Cecil, regularly visits our school and celebrates Masses throughout the year and works closely with the children, guiding their journey of faith and being on hand to help them wherever he can. The Christian values of our school permeate the whole curriculum.

In Autumn 2015 we launched The Year of Mercy. As part of this the whole school created a Holy Door to replicate the one in the Vatican. At St. Mary's, RE is not simply one subject among many, but the foundation of all that is achieved in school.

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