Religious Education Policy 2016

  • Religious Education Policy 2016

    ST. MARY'S R.C. PRIMARY SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION POLICY
  • RE Co-Ordinator J Blanchfield

    ST. MARY’S R.C. PRIMARY SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION POLICY

    CONTENTS

    1. OUR SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
    2. OUR SCHOOL AIMS
    3. CHILD MISSION STATEMENT
    4. RATIONALE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
    5. AIMS & OBJECTIVES
    6. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN THE CLASSROOM
    7. PROGRAMME OF STUDY The Way, The Truth, The Life
    • Overview of Foundation & KS1 Syllabus
    • Overview of KS2 Syllabus
    • Overview of Links with other Faiths
    8. THE TEACHING OF RE
    9. SPECIAL NEEDS PROVISION
    10. EQUALITY OF ALL & THE TEACHING OF OTHER FAITHS
    • Other Faiths Coverage
    11. SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION
    12. INFORMING PARENTS
    13. RESOURCES
    14. THE SCHOOL IN THE COMMUNITY
    15. ASSESSMENT, RECORDING & REPORTING
    16. THE ROLE OF THE RE CO-ORDINATOR
    17. POLICY MONITORING & REVIEW

    1. OUR SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

    Everything we do at this school is based on the
    Beliefs, values, attitudes and practices of our
    Catholic faith and on the assurance of
    God’s loving care for each person. We aim to
    Promote individual development and to
    strive for excellence in the quality of:-

    • The love and pastoral care we extend to others
    • The standards of teaching, learning and discipline
    • The relationships between:- staff, pupils, parents,
    governors and parishioners
    • The respect and tolerance shown to all.

    2.OUR SCHOOL AIMS

    We want St. Mary’s School to be a happy place where we all work together to
    please God
    We want it to be a place where we enjoy learning, playing and praying together.

    We want St. Mary’s School to be a caring place where God’s love is at the centre
    of everything we do.
    We want it to be a place where everyone cares for one another.

    We want St. Mary’s School to be an exciting place where we are challenged and
    encouraged to do our best.
    We want it to be a place where we can celebrate our achievement.

    We want St. Mary’s School to be a welcoming place where our parents and teachers work together and where everyone supports one another. We want it to be a place where there is honesty and trust.

    We want St. Mary’s School to be a stimulating learning environment that is
    always clean and tidy.
    We must all work together to make sure this happens.

    We want St. Mary’s School to be a friendly place.
    We want to know and to learn more about the different people who live around
    St. Mary’s and invite them to know more about us.

    3.CHILD MISSION STATEMENT

    LIVING WORKING AND PRAYING TOGETHER
    AS WE ALL JOURNEY
    THROUGH LIFE WITH CHRIST.

    4. RATONALE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

    The curriculum in all aspects must reflect the fact that God is the foundation of the whole educational enterprise in a Catholic school. Every part of the curriculum is religious, since there is nothing, which does not ultimately relate to God. The second Vatican Council declares that it is the religious dimension that makes the Catholic school distinctive. All knowledge is informed by and derives its ultimate meaning from the faith within whose context it is pursued.

    As a Catholic School we strive to bring faith and culture together, relating and applying the freshness of Christ’s message to human living today. As a Catholic School our identity is not exclusively related to religious instruction but is integrated throughout academic studies into a unified whole. “Catholics believe that Religious Education is not one subject amongst many, but the foundation of the entire education process. The beliefs and values it communicates should inspire and unify every aspect of school life.” (Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, 1988). We offer the possibility not only of exploring the mystery which God is, but also demonstrating and living the Gospel values. The School strives to be consistent throughout and in every aspect reflect the Christian faith, which is its inspiration and its justification. Religious Education comes into every aspect of School life, particularly into the need for a secure and caring environment which will encourage a positive attitude to life; foster satisfactory relationships with others and facilitate attitudes which characterise the School.
    Religious Education will take as its starting point the child’s individual appreciation of an inner world of meaning and reflection – the spiritual dimension of being human. Our aim in school is to promote the dignity and freedom of every person as created in the image and likeness of God and to develop, nurture and deepen each child’s faith journey, no matter what stage of that journey they are at.
    We recognise that our children come from a range of backgrounds and abilities and that our teaching of Religious Education will reflect this. (cf. Curriculum Directory, pg. 9)

    If our children are to grow up as practising Catholics, there must be a commitment to faith, through which by example and instruction, they will come to know of God’s love and compassion for everyone and work towards living by his teachings. The Religious Education Programme will be celebrated by a variety of Masses, Liturgies, Assemblies and Prayer opportunities so that religion can be experienced as a meaningful part of the children’s lives.

    Through the teaching and way of life we hope to promote in the school, we aim to actively implement our school’s mission statement, fulfil the aims of our school and live the gospel of our Blessed Lord within our school.

    5. AIMS & OBJECTIVES

    Curriculum religious education in our school aims to promote and

    • To develop knowledge and understanding of the mystery of God and Jesus
    Christ, of the church, and of the central beliefs which Catholics hold.
    • To develop awareness and appreciation of Catholic belief, understanding
    of its impact on personal and social behaviour and of the vital relationship
    between faith and life, life and faith;
    • To encourage study, investigation and reflection by the pupils;
    • To develop appropriate skills: for example, ability to listen; to think
    critically, spiritually, ethically and theologically; to acquire knowledge and
    organise it effectively; to make informed judgements;
    • To foster appropriate attitudes: for example, respect for truth; respect for
    the views of others; awareness of the spiritual, of the moral responsibility,
    of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life and especially the
    challenge of living in a multicultural, multifaith society.

    6. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN THE CLASSROOM

    Since the total curriculum in our school is based on the values of the gospel and because we see all education as revealing the mystery of God, we recognise two aspects of Religious Education in the school:
    (a) Implicit, or unstructured Religious Education – those opportunities
    which arise in the course of a school day to lead pupils through
    curriculum content or through relationships to a religious
    understanding of their implications. It is the policy of this school to
    use such opportunities as they arise.
    (b) Explicit, or Curriculum Religious Education – those time tabled or
    planned periods of time given to an explicit consideration of
    Religious Education in the classroom. It is the policy of this school
    to give 10% of the timetable at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the response of faith to the ultimate
    questions about human life, its origin and purpose;
    • The skills required to engage in examination and reflection upon religious
    belief and practice.

    7. PROGRAMMES OF STUDY

    To fulfil our Aims and Objectives we use `The Way, the Truth, the Life’ (TWTL) programme. The aim of the programme is to explore the religious dimension of questions about life and dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with the pupils’ own experience and with universal experience. Links are also made with other faith traditions.
    Annie Frain, Mary Taylor

    Overview of Foundation & KS1 Syllabus

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    Overview of KS2 Syllabus

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    Overview of Links with other Faiths

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    8. THE PROCESS OF TEACHING

    The teaching of RE is in a 2 year cycle from TWTL programme

    RE Cycle 1 (2016-17)

    EYU: Foundation Curriculum

    KS1:
    C2/3 = Year 1 Curriculum

    C4 = Year 2 Curriculum

    KS2:
    C6/7/8 = Year 3 Curriculum

    C9/10/11 = Year 6 Curriculum

    RE Cycle 2 (2017-18)

    EYU: Foundation Curriculum

    KS1:
    C2/3 = Year 1 Curriculum

    C4 = Year 2 Curriculum

    KS2:
    C6/7/8 = Year 4 Curriculum

    C9/10/11 = Year 5 Curriculum

    9. SPECIAL NEEDS PROVISION

    “Every member of the church has the right to receive appropriate catechesis… Children with Special Needs are full members of the church. They and their families have the right to all the help they need to enable them to share in its life.” (Cornerstone Kevin Nichols).
    We will welcome those Catholic parents seeking inclusive education for their child with Special Educational Needs. (Please refer to SEN policy.)

    10. EQUALITY OF ALL AND THE TEACHING OF OTHER FAITHS

    “There is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free men, between men and women; you are all one in union with Jesus Christ.” (Galations 3:28)
    The aim of Religious Education in this area is to help children to become aware that people are equal in the sight of God because God made us all. Care will be taken to ensure that girls and boys are given equal opportunities in all areas of the curriculum. We aim to help children realise that the Catholic Church is part of a universal world-wide church; that they share a common faith with millions of people from different cultures.
    Children will be encouraged to have respect for all faiths and people who hold differing beliefs than their own. We aim to prepare them for life in a pluralistic society where positive attitudes and values concerning different race, gender, age or ability will be fostered.

    In KS1 we look at other Faiths through Festivals & Celebrations over the year. In KS2, we adhere to the recommendations made in ‘Here I Am’ regarding the teaching of other Faiths.

    Other Faiths Coverage

    KS1: ‘Other Faiths’ Festivals & Celebrations over the Year
    Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 : Islam / Hinduism/ Sikhism/ Judaism/ Buddhism/ Christianity (Topics)

    KS2: From ‘Here I Am’ on a 2 year cycle: 2016-17 (A section) 2017-18 (B section)
    *Cover ‘Other Faiths’ first week back after Autumn & Summer half-terms
    Year 3 & Year 4: Autumn (Judaism)/ Summer (Islam)
    Year 5 & Year 6: Autumn (Sikhism & Hinduism) / Summer (Judaism))

    11. SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

    The Sacraments are celebration of the presence of Christ permeating our lives. Coming to understand the Sacraments is a complex interaction of a great variety of experiences and celebrations in which children take part during the years they spend in school. Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist is an integral part of ‘TWTL’.

    Year Three is the year of celebration in which children follow a more specific course of instruction provided by the Catechists of the Parish. In Year Three children receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist for the first time.
    In the preparation programme, parents are seen as a vital part of the teaching and are asked to take part alongside their children. Responsibility is threefold, the parents, the school and the parish. In the Sacramental preparation we aim to allow parents, parish priest, catechists and teachers to work closely in unison.

    12. INFORMING PARENTS

    Parents are the first teachers of the faith.
    In this area, more than any other curriculum area, home and school must be in close harmony if we are to lead the children in our care to a deepening faith and understanding and to set them on the first steps of their journey in faith.
    Parents are invited into the School to see teaching staff twice a year to discuss their children’s progress and development in all curriculum areas including Religion. At the end of the academic year, parents are given an annual report which comments on children’s level of religious knowledge, and skills and attitudes developed.
    Regular meetings are held within the Parish with the parents of Year Three children to inform them of the process of preparation for the Sacraments. It is a welcoming school and parents, governors, friends and the Parish community are warmly invited and encouraged to attend our class and whole school Masses and Liturgies.

    13. RESOURCES

    The RE Co-ordinator and the Collective Worship Co-ordinator review and update resources throughout the school each academic year.
    At school we recognise that people are our greatest resource and that staff “take the place of Christ” in relation to the children’s understanding of the Catholic Faith. Therefore we work to promote respect, love, understanding, compassion, kindness, dedication and personal growth.

    14. THE SCHOOL IN THE COMMUNITY

    At St. Mary’s we aim to develop in the children, concern and charity towards others in the community. As part of our development strategies we involve the children in charity fund raising events throughout the year, the most notable being our Lenten Fundraising events – rasing money fro CAFOD, Good Shepherd and one other nominated charity. We also support Children in Need and Red Nose Day, as well as selling poppies during October/November.
    At Christmas the school supports the work of Samaritan’s Purse and the children are encouraged to take part in Operation Christmas Child. Other activities take place in response to local, national and world events.
    It is hoped that through these and other activities children become aware of the needs of others both near and far, and develop sensitivity, generosity and a sense of responsibility towards their neighbours in Christ.

    15.ASSESSMENT, RECORDING AND REPORTING

    At St Mary’s we have reviewed our assessment process, according to the latest Diocesan guidelines (amended May 2010). Details of this process are given below:

    Formal assessment of pupil’s work is carried out once per term for one of the 2 topics covered per term (assessment is over a two year cycle, so each area from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ programme is assessed).

    Samples of these assessments are given to the RE Co-ordinator each term (3 per class). These pieces must be chosen because they exemplify attainment at a particular level (Afl CD ROM-levelled work samples).

    In addition, samples of these assessments are moderated (internally at St Mary’s staff-meetings and externally at cluster Groups) and added to our portfolio of assessed work.

    From September 2010 work in the Foundation Stage will be assessed in accordance with the Early Learning Goals – as detailed in the latest Diocesan guidance April 09.

    Individual pupil levels are listed onto class lists, which are then transferred to our school tracking system.

    This data is incorporated into our electronic school pupil tracking system, at individual, class and whole school level. This will ensure that we can closely track pupil progress and make sure all pupils continue to make effective progress..

    These results are detailed on each child’s report sheet and sent home to parents at the end of the school year.

    16. THE ROLE OF THE RE CO-ORDINATOR

    The RE co-ordinator plays a vital role in the school. The Co-ordinator leads the staff in developing their teaching of RE by example through good practice and by support and advice offered in staff meetings and training sessions.
    It is part of the Co-ordinators role to develop and extend the Catholic ethos of the school in relation to worship, prayer, scripture, assembly and the school’s Mission Statement.

    17. POLICY MONITORING AND REVIEW

    This policy is monitored by the Religious Education Co-ordinator, and is evaluated and reviewed by the governors and whole staff every two years.

    Due September 2017 (Due to Sacramental Changes)

    This policy is monitored by the Religious Education Co-ordinator, and is evaluated and reviewed by the governors and whole staff every two years.

    Due September 2017 (Due to Sacramental Changes)