RE

Intent

At St. Hugh of Lincoln Catholic School, Religious Education is taught according to the rites and practices of the Catholic Church.  The expectations regarding Religious Education were set out by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales in the ‘Religious Education Curriculum Directory’ (2012).  This document takes account of the requirements and expectations as set out in the Directory.

‘The primary purpose of Catholic Religious Education is to come to know and understand God’s revelation which is fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.’  Religious Education Curriculum Directory 2012

Religious growth and development, which must be the aim of Religious Education, is not confined to RE lessons; it should be a basic aim of the whole school experience that the total curriculum stimulates religious growth and development, together with academic and social progress.

  • To foster in our children a reverence for God and the things which are God’s, a sense of love and respect for one another, and a true understanding of the Catholic faith.
  • To bring our children to an understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • To see at work in our school community the values of God’s kingdom, prayer, truth, holiness, justice, love, forgiveness and peace.
  • To deepen the relationship between the home, school and the parish.
  • To ensure the Liturgical year is reflected in the life and activities of the school.
  • To use the school’s Mission Statement as a basis for ensuring personal growth and professional development within our community.
  • To help the children acquire knowledge and skills, within the framework of the National Curriculum, and to develop attitudes that will help them to live a full and interesting adult life in the community.
  • To teach the children to have respect for religious and moral values and to have tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life.
  • To instil in each an awareness of his or her uniqueness in the eyes of God and the importance of every individual’s contribution to school, home and eventually society as a whole.

In general the aim of the school is to make the children aware of their own abilities and powers, aware of their relationships with and duties towards others, and capable of reaching their full potential as responsible caring adults and members of society.

Implementation

At St. Hugh of Lincoln Primary School we have adopted ‘Come and See,’ the Religious Education programme supported by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. Central to the programme is Christian belief in Jesus Christ, His Word and Revelation of God. Each term a basic question/belief about the mystery of life is explored within the Catholic faith tradition.

In addition to Come and See, it is expected that staff will mark various significant dates in the Catholic calendar with appropriate explanations, stories and celebrations.

We gather regularly in the school year to celebrate the Eucharist. Prayer is a central feature of each day in the school; prayers are said by all children at different times throughout each day.

Governors, teachers and all other staff work together in partnership to look at all areas of school life.  The work that takes place throughout each year culminates in the annual School Development review and planning day. The School Development Plan includes a specific strategic intent focussing on the development of the Catholic life of the school.

Parents are recognised by all in the school as the prime educators of their children. All staff strive to engender positive relationships with all parents. On a practical level, parents are encouraged to help with activities within the school.

The ‘Friends of St Hugh’ exists to support the School Community, to promote good relationships and to organise fund raising activities.

School Council, R.E. Followers and Parent Forum have been set up to facilitate communication within the life of the school and liaison with the Head teacher.

All adults in the school community are kept fully informed of all the decisions and activities taking place in the school through meetings, the school website and newsletters.

All adults in the school are Religious Educators of children.  As such all adults are expected to comply with the following expectations of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory 2012:

  • be prepared to give living witness to what they teach;
  • recognise that they share in the teaching office of the Church exercised in the person of the local bishop and enshrined in the trust deed of the school;
  • fulfil their professional responsibilities with regard to all that develops and enhances the life of the Catholic school;
  • plan and teach schemes of work that are engaging and accessible so that all pupils may progress appropriately in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
  • have high expectations of all their pupils;
  • ensure that 10% of the curriculum is devoted to Religious Education;
  • ensure that Religious Education contributes positively to the broad and balanced curriculum of a Catholic school through cooperation and dialogue with other subjects;
  • take care continually to deepen their own knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
  • take seriously the duty of every Catholic to form his or her conscience;
  • be given opportunities for their own spiritual and professional development as Catholic educators.

 

Environment

The ethos of the school, its values and priorities are demonstrated through our school environment. Our Mission Statement and School Values are displayed around the school and the Mission statement and Values are displayed on the front of the R.E. books.

We aim to create a welcoming entrance to show our Catholic distinctiveness The hall focus board is changed regularly by staff led by the RE subject leader and R.E. Followers. Each classroom contains a prayer corner of focus with crucifix/cross/statue and there are various religious artefacts about the school. There is also a Prayer Corner with a stained glass window. This is used for private prayer and reflection, making special intentions and reconciliation. Each classroom has a display relating to their RE topic. Other displays throughout the school also promote the distinctive ethos of our school.

Consistency of Approach

Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Curriculum Directory for Religious Education and in line with our Teaching for Learning and Assessment Policy. Within their planning, teachers will ensure there are opportunities for the development of the child through:

Investigation –The ability to find and record information, and ask relevant questions.

Interpretation – The ability to recognise metaphors and symbols when studying religion, and the ability to explain significance.

Communication – To develop an ability to describe and explain religious ideas and practices and their own personal views and opinions.

Critical thinking – The ability to compare and contrast ideas and practices, and explain their own views and opinions.

Empathy and reflection – To develop an ability to empathise with other religious beliefs and to participate in community prayer and reflection.

Evaluation – The ability to distinguish between rules and principles, opinions and beliefs, and to make reasoned judgements and responsible choices.

Planning

Every lesson is to be planned with academic rigour in mind, within the opportunity for pupils to deepen their relationship with God.  Each lesson is to include opportunities for prayer and reflection and is to be marked as a ‘special time’ – e.g. lighting a special candle, music.

Each class teacher follows the Diocesan Come and See programme with his/her own class in collaboration with other members of staff.  The Come and See website is widely used to access resources and follow the programme. Teachers use the Diocesan Interim Standards as guidance when planning lessons. The planning sheet allows for references to be made to resources, assessment and differentiation. The Diocesan PSHE guidance is used and the EPR themes are linked with Come and See topics through the use of Statements to Live By (Ethos Statements) and Journey in Love. Each class also has a thought box in which children can anonymously put in any concerns or celebrations to be discussed.

RE lesson plans/slides are uploaded onto Share point on a regular basis and are monitored by the RE subject leader. Before each new topic the teachers reflect on the new theme at a Joint Staff Professional Development meeting, using material from ‘Come and See for Yourself’. This enables staff to benefit from the supportive atmosphere and experience of others.

At the end of each topic a Rejoice Liturgy is held where every class participates and shares an aspect of their learning. This celebration is evaluated and notes are taken by the R.E. Followers.

As with all subjects, teachers are expected to plan within a plan-deliver-evaluate-plan cycle.  This is to ensure that planning is tailored to meet the needs of individual pupils, with appropriate differentiation and selection of challenging and engaging learning activities.

Collective worship and Prayer

Prayer

The beginning, middle and end of each day are always marked by the children with a moment of prayer or recollection with their teacher.

Children are taught daily prayers and also the various prayers and responses of the Mass as appropriate to their age and stage of development. Each classroom has a focal Prayer Corner. Opportunities for spontaneous prayer and individual reflection exist both in collective worship and in the classroom. Class prayers are written at the start of each year. To further enhance children’s love of prayer, areas have been converted into a Prayer Corner and a Prayer Garden, sanctuaries of peace for individual and group private thought and prayer for children and staff alike. Children are encouraged to write their own prayers of thanksgiving or petitions, which are recorded in books, displayed in class or in the Prayer Corner. Each class has a Big Questions /Reflections Book to enable children to develop their understanding and spirituality.

Masses

On Holy Days and during weekly Class masses, we gather to celebrate the Eucharist. Parents and members of the local parish community are invited to join us. At the end of the school year, Year 6 lead the end of year Leavers’ Mass.

Liturgies

Our Liturgies, which take place on a daily basis, are an Act of Collective Worship and are an integral part of the Religious formation of our children. They follow the format of Gather, Proclaim, Respond and Go forth.

St Hugh’s follows a weekly plan for liturgies and collective worship:

MONDAY – Whole school Liturgy led by Head teacher. Focus:  The Gospel reading of the day / the Sunday Gospel.

TUESDAY- KS2 Yrs3/4 and Yrs5/6 – Led by R.E. Followers on rotational basis in class. KS1 Liturgy – Feast Day or a topical/ moral theme-led by staff on a rotational basis. (Set up by R.E. Followers)

WEDNESDAY – Whole School either Worship through Singing, Golden Assembly or Rejoice Assembly.

THURSDAY – Class Masses.

KS2 –A specific feast day, a Bible Story or Multi – Faith

KS1 –led by Class Teachers (Statements to live by)

FRIDAY – Prayers in Class.

At the end of the school year, Year 6 lead their Leavers Assembly.

During the year, there may be other assemblies taken by outside agents, for example the Engage Christian assembly team, CAFOD, Missio.

There are other occasions in the life of the school that are marked by Acts of Collective Worship e.g. Reconciliation, Advent Service, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Liturgies during Holy Week. There is an Advent Service, performed by KS2 pupils, which takes place in the church, and a Nativity play, performed by KS1, which takes place in the school. Parents and members of the Parish Community are invited to the Christmas celebrations and other significant Liturgies.

There is a weekly Class Mass held every Thursday morning, to which members of the parish and school community are invited.

Impact: Results

Recording of the children’s work takes many forms – pictorial, written, drama, wall displays, photos and assemblies. All children keep a Religious Education exercise book throughout the year. Ongoing RE assessment is managed through the use of the Diocesan Interim Standards for Religious Education to support each topic focus.

Children are assessed on their knowledge of scripture, understanding of God’s message, their moral development and attitudes.

Formative assessment takes place once a term, as per Diocesan guidelines, to identify progress and attainment and to assess the developing understanding of our pupils. Results are recorded on the school Target Tracker-pupil progress tracking and assessment software. Class teachers provide evidence of assessment and achievement. Lessons are monitored regularly by the subject leader, often after input from advisors from the diocese. There is always a focus for this monitoring. Good practice is shared with the staff. Children’s books are often collected to be moderated as part of a Staff Meeting. Regular cross deanery and MAT meetings are held termly and attended by the subject leader. A cross sample of children from each year group are regularly interviewed by the subject leader and their comments are recorded.

Diocsesan Assessment Criteria – click here

A portfolio of work and photos of displays as well as reports on the Rejoice liturgies and collective worship, written by the R.E. Followers are kept by the RE Leader and regularly updated. A record is kept of the different assemblies/collective worship that are held throughout the year.

Feedback to parents is made once a year through the end of year record of achievement.

Reception Class Scheme of Work

 Units
Autumn TermUnit 1: Myself
Unit 2: Welcome
Other World Faiths:
Unit 3: Birthday
Spring TermUnit 4: Celebrating
Unit 5: Gathering
Unit 6: Growing
Summer TermUnit 7: Good News
Unit 8: Friends
Other World Faiths:
Unit 9: Our World

Year 1 Scheme of Work

 Units
Autumn TermUnit 1: Families
Unit 2: Belonging
Other World Faiths: Judaism
Unit 3: Waiting
Spring TermUnit 4: Special People
Unit 5: Meals
Unit 6: Change
Summer TermUnit 7: Holidays and Holydays
Unit 8: Being Sorry
Other World Faiths: Hinduism
Unit 9: Neighbours

Year 2 Scheme of Work

 Units
Autumn TermUnit 1: Beginnings
Unit 2: Signs and Symbols
Other World Faiths: Judaism
Unit 3: Preparations
Spring TermUnit 4: Books
Unit 5: Thanksgiving
Unit 6: Opportunities
Summer TermUnit 7: Spread the Word
Unit 8: Rules
Other World Faiths: Islam
Unit 9: Treasures

Year 3 Scheme of Work

 Units
Autumn TermUnit 1: Homes
Unit 2: Signs and Symbols
Other World Faiths: Judaism
Unit 3: Visitors
Spring TermUnit 4: Journeys
Unit 5: Listening and Sharing
Unit 6: Giving all
Summer TermUnit 7: Energy
Unit 8: Choices
Other World Faiths: Sikhism
Unit 9: Special Places

Year 4 Scheme of Work

 Units
Autumn TermUnit 1: People
Unit 2: Called
Other World Faiths: Judaism
Unit 3: Gift
Spring TermUnit 4: Community
Unit 5: Giving and Receiving
Unit 6: Self-discipline
Summer TermUnit 7: New Life
Unit 8: Building Bridges
Other World Faiths: Hinduism
Unit 9: God’s People

Year 5 Scheme of Work

 Units
Autumn TermUnit 1: Ourselves
Unit 2: Life Choices
Other World Faiths: Judaism
Unit 3: Hope
Spring TermUnit 4: Mission
Unit 5: Memorial
Unit 6: Sacrifice
Summer TermUnit 7: Transformation
Unit 8: Freedom and Responsibility
Other World Faiths: Islam
Unit 9: Stewardship

Year 6 Scheme of Work

 Units
Autumn TermUnit 1: Loving
Unit 2: Vocation and Commitment
Other World Faiths: Judaism
Unit 3: Advent
Spring TermUnit 4: Sources
Unit 5: Unity
Unit 6: Death and New Life
Summer TermUnit 7: Witnesses
Unit 8: Healing
Other World Faiths: Sikhism
Unit 9: Common Good