At St Mary’s we follow the Religious Education Scheme as set out by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. It is called COME AND SEE.
It follows the theological foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and the revised RE Curriculum Directory and includes the Catholic attainment levels.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the search for meaning in life. God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us and our response of faith. (cf. CCC26) This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through - Explore, Reveal and Respond.
As well as the class topics, each year group will teach two other faiths at different stages and these will also be run on a two year cycle. The faiths will be selected from: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism or Sikhism.
Myself - I will know that God knows and loves everyone
Welcome- I will know about Baptism and its welcome into God's family
Birthday - I will understand Jesus' birthday and how people look forward to it
Celebrating - I will understand how people celebrate in Church
Gathering - I will understand how the parish family gather to celebrate the Eucharist
Growing - I will understand about Easter
Good News - I will understand how to pass on the Good News of Jesus
Friends - I will understand friends of Jesus
Our World - I will understand God's wonderful world
Year 1 & 2 (A)
Families - God's love and care for every family
Belonging - Baptism: an invitation o belong to God's family
Waiting - Advent: a time to look forward to Christmas
Special People - People in the parish family
Meals - Mass, Jesus' special meal
Change - Lent: a time for change
Holidays and Holydays - Pentecost: feast of the Holy Spirit
Being Sorry - God helps us choose well
Neighbours - Neighbours share God's world
Year 1 & 2 (B)
Beginnings - God is present in every beginning
Signs and Symbols - Signs and symbols in Baptism
Preparations - Advent: preparing to celebrate Christmas
Books - The books used in Church
Thanksgiving - Mass, a special time to thank God
Opportunities - Lent: an opportunity to start a new
Spread the Word - Pentecost: a time to spread the Good news
Rules -Reasons for rules in the Christian family
Treasures - God's treasure: the world
Year 3 & 4 (A)
Homes - God's vision for every family
Promises - Promises made at Baptism
Visitors - Waiting for the coming of Jesus
Journeys - Christian family's journey with Christ
Listening and Sharing - Jesus gives himself to us
Giving All - Lent: remembering Jesus' total giving
Energy - Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Choices - Importance of examination and conscience
Special Places - Holy places for Jesus and the Christian community
Year 3 & 4 (B)
People - The family of God in Scripture
Called - Confirmation: a call to witness
Gift - God's gift of love and friendship in Jesus
Community - Life in the local Christian community and ministries in the parish
Giving and Receiving - Living in communion
Self Discipline - Celebrating growth and new life
New Life - To hear and live the Easter message
Building Bridges - Admitting wrong, being reconciled with God and each other
God’s People - Different saints show people what God is like
Year 5 & 6 (A)
Ourselves - Created in the image and likeness of God
Life Choices - Marriage, commitment and service
Hope - Advent: waiting in the joyful hope for Jesus, the promised one
Mission - Continuing Jesus' mission in diocese (ecumenism)
Memorial Sacrifice -Eucharist as the living memorial of Christ's sacrifice
Sacrifice- Lent: a time of aligning with the sacrifice made by Jesus
Transformation - Celebration of the Spirit's transforming power
Freedom and Responsibility - Commandments enable Christians to be free and responsible
Stewardship - The Church is called to the stewardship of creation
Year 5 & 6 (B)
Loving - God who never stops loving
Vocation and Commitment - The vocation of priesthood and religious life
Expectations - Jesus born to show God to the world
Sources - The Bible, the special book for the Church
Unity - Eucharist enabling people to live in communion
Death and New Life - Celebrating Jesus' death and resurrection
Witnesses - The Holy Spirit enables people to become witnesses
Healing - Sacrament of the sick
Common Good - Work of the worldwide Christian family
RELATIONSHIPS AND SEX EDUCATION (RSE)
At St. Mary's, we will be teaching the program 'A Journey in Love' as requested by the Archdiocese. Below is all the information parents will need. A letter will be sent out at the beginning of the new school year and parents will be directed to the website.
A Journey in Love is a resource created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Relationship and Sex Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curricula taught within the school.
As children progress through school, they discover more and more about themselves and the wider world. This thirst for learning new things in all aspects of life is fostered by the school, who attempt to create a safe, stimulating environment for learning; supporting all children in their development. Our mission statement which drives the school, attempts to achieve this goal following the Gospel values of truth and respect, understanding our journey as children of God, both special and unique.
Central to our work within the school is learning about our faith, including understanding ourselves, our position in our community and how we develop as human beings - our spiritual, social, emotional and physical development. This is how A Journey in Love fits in to the school’s curriculum. The scheme permeates through all levels of learning throughout the school. It focuses on friendship, family, community, relationships and spirituality; a guide to the children’s development as young Catholics.
As you would expect, not all issues related to personal development are covered by the end of Year 6. The content is age appropriate and is taught with sensitivity, taking into account the children’s level of maturity in regard to the delivery of the lessons.
As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and, again, these are treated with care and understanding.