Curriculum Overview and Policy
School vision for the teaching of Religious Education
What is Religious Education?
Religious Education is about engaging with the deepest questions of life and finding reasons for the hope which is within them (Peter 3:15).
It is about the Christian vision of the human person
It is the core subject which is central to the life of Our Catholic School
Religious Education is the study of:
- The mystery of God, as discovered in the Bible and particularly through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- The teachings of the Church
- The lives of the Saints
- The relationship between faith and life
Expectations of the teaching and learning of Religious Education
Classroom Religious Education in school is primarily educational
Excellence in Religious Education is achieved by:
- Clarity of succinct religious learning objectives
- Key content
- By appropriate methodologies
- Richness of resources
- Achievement and accurate assessments
Come and See is a Catholic Primary Religious Education programme for Foundation and Key stages 1 and 2. The programme of study, written by a group of experienced diocesan advisors was introduced across St. Oswald’s in September 2012 and has been warmly received by staff and pupils. The child friendly material provided within Come and See allows children to explore the teachings of the Catholic church through the use of age appropriate resources and activities.
Each year group from Foundation 1 to year 6 have their own list of focus topics to consider throughout the academic year. The topic will coincide with the church calendar however, the depth in which the topic is explored is dependent upon the respective age of the child. For example, during Lent, whilst all children will learn about the plight of Christ, our Early Years children will consider the importance of growing and new life; Key Stage 1 children explore the effect of change and opportunities, with Key Stage 2 children considering the importance of self-discipline, sacrifice, death and new life.
At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self-revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and Tradition