As a Roman Catholic school, the Religious Education Curriculum at Saint Mary’s is based upon the guidance given in the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, a document produced by the Bishops of England and Wales.  All classes at Saint Mary’s are taught through the “Come and See” Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme.

Come and See is a programme that has been developed to respond to the needs of children today as they progress upon their faith journey, enabling them to grow in their religious literacy.  At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self-revelation of love through Jesus Christ.  Come and See gives all children the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through scripture and tradition.  The programme supports and enables the faith experience of all children because it  starts with their real life experience and leads them to reflect upon and consider the Christian message in all its richness in that experience.

Come and See is developed through three themes which are gradually explored every term, each time at greater depths.  These three themes are Church, Sacrament and Christian Living.  Each theme is explored through a different topic in each age group.  A short explanation of each theme is provided below.

Church

AutumnMy Story:  Domestic Church and My Family.  To start the year, we begin with my story: within a family.  The Church gives each family the title of “Domestic Church”, because it is in their families that parents “by their words and example are the first teachers of faith with regard to their children”.

Spring – Our Story:  Local Church and Our Community.  After Christmas the children explore the theme of local church, and our parish where people gather together to celebrate and practise care and love for each other.  St. Mary’s parish is part of the Salford Diocese, a larger community of all the Christian faithful.

Summer – The Story:  Universal Church and the Worldwide Community.  The year finishes with the story of the worldwide community; the universal Church.  In the Church, God is calling together his people throughout the world.

 

Sacrament

Autumn – Belonging:  We are born into Christ’s life.  The theme of Baptism introduces the understanding of being initiated into belonging to the Christian Church during Key Stage 1.  In Key Stage 2 the children will learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation, where the baptised are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit, the Sacrament of Ordination for the service of the Church and the Sacrament of Marriage, perfecting the human love of wife and husband.

Spring – Relating:  God’s love in our lives.  The Sacrament of Eucharist is explored.  This is the Sacrament of Communion with Christ and the Church.  This Sacrament is at the heart of our work in school, since it is at the heart of Christ nourishing his people.

Summer – Inter-Relating:  Service to the community.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation provides an opportunity to learn about the joy and challenge of relationships and of God’s love and mercy.  In Key Stage 2 children will also learn about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which strengthens, forgives and unites the ailing person more closely to Christ.

 

Christian Living

Autumn – Loving:  Celebrating life.  This Advent and Christmas theme considers the gift of God’s love in Jesus.  Christmas and our preparations celebrate the wonderful gift of Jesus.

Spring – Giving:  The cost of life.  In the Spring season Lent and Easter are explored.  Jesus’ love for humankind shows no limit.  Jesus offered his life and gave an example of giving as a way of life.

Summer – Serving in love: Feasts to celebrate.  The study of the Ascension and Pentecost completes the Easter story and shows how the gift of the Holy Spirit strengthens the community and enables Christians to give witness to a life of joyful service.

Each term, every one of our classes will be taught three topics, with one topic from each theme of Church, Sacrament and Christian Living.

 

World Religions

Every year, children in all classes will spend two weeks looking at World Religions.  In his life on earth, Jesus showed a respect for those within and outside his own faith community.  We live in a pluralistic country with people of different races, cultures and religions.  As part of our fast changing global world, our children will experience communication and travel which will open them up to diversity and challenge.  The Roman Catholic Church calls us to be committed to respecting people of other religions and to recognise that God is at work in them.

In the first week of the programme, children in all year groups will be taught Judaism.  This is because Christians and Jews have such a common spiritual heritage.  In the second week of the programme, children will be taught either Hinduism, Islam or Sikhism.  These religions will be taught on a rota basis across the classes in school, so that by the end of your child’s time at St. Mary’s he/she will have gained knowledge of each of these religions.

For an quick overview download the whole school scheme 
If you would like to know more please download the Religious Education Curriculum Directory or visit the Come and See Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme