As a Catholic School, the RE curriculum is the golden thread that runs through the entirety of our curriculum and which forms the basis of all decisions and actions taken in school. Our Religious Education programmes of study is based on guidance from the Birmingham Archdiocese. We follow the diocesan RE strategy ‘Learning and Growing’, this is supplemented by a variety of materials.
Alongside our acts of collective worship, class Masses and prayer and reflection time, our dedicated RE curriculum makes up 10% of our weekly timetable. As a school, we teach using the Diocesan strategy, 'Learning and Growing as the People of God' to ensure that our pupils receive well-rounded and engaging RE lessons. Our aim is to to develop our pupils' knowledge of Catholicism and for them to understand what this means in terms of their contribution to our parish community.
The Strategy was written using the Learning Outcomes provided in the Bishop’s Conference document the Curriculum Directory as a basis.
The Strategy provides teachers with a range of suggested cross-curricular activities which can be differentiated to suit the learning needs of the children in their class in order for them to explore the Catholic faith and achieve the learning outcomes. There is a strong emphasis on pupils engaging with and responding to questions of life in the light of religious teaching.
This flexible approach enables teachers to incorporate their own creative teaching ideas into the delivery of the Strategy.
The Strategy is divided into a number of units for each year group, usually 12, which cover four main areas of study:
- The Liturgical Seasons of the Church’s Year: The children find out about the significance of each season, its particular signs and symbols and the different liturgies celebrated in each season.
- Scripture: The children study both Old Testament and New Testament Scripture in order to give them familiarity and knowledge of Scripture as well as enabling them to explore and understand how Catholic beliefs are rooted in what Scripture reveals to us.
- The Sacraments: There is a strong Sacramental focus in each year group. The Year 3 and Year 6 books fully prepare the children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6.
- Living as Christians including Prayer: 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.
In each unit, there are additional planned opportunities to pray and time to reflect.
Resources to help teachers with planning and assessment are available from re-live. Click on the links below to access the details for each year group.
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
- Year 4
- Year 5
- Year 6