General Information

R.E. Policy

St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Primary School.

R.E. Policy

 

RE POLICY

2014-2016

 

 

At St. Vincent’s everything we do stems from our desire

to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

 

Mission Statement:

 

Brother, sister, let me be your servant.
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
to let you be my servant, too.

 

Our rationale:

 

“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)

 

At St. Vincent’s we are committed to providing our pupils with the opportunity to develop their relationship with God through the Catholic faith in an environment in which personal fulfilment, responsible citizenship and spiritual growth are fostered. 

 

Aims

 

 To create a Christian community where the Gospel values are evident:

  • We will strive to be living witnesses of Christ’s teaching within the      world community and offer a positive contribution to our local community.
  • We will love our neighbour by being aware of and responsive to human need. 

 

We teach our children to be responsive to the needs of others through our assemblies and in classroom prayer, worship and reflection.  The children assume this responsibility not only in their fundraising for a range of charities, but also in their day to day relationships.

 

To help pupils to know and appreciate the spiritual and religious dimension of life as expressed in the Catholic faith tradition we endeavour to;

  • teach the children to pray reverently and respectfully and provide opportunity for worship;
  • help the children to experience, understand, celebrate and live their faith in ways suited to their spiritual maturity;
  • help the children to develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today;
  • help the children to understand the relationship between spiritual growth and the Church’s sacramental life as expressed in sign and symbol, and then to support the pupils to participate in the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and the Eucharist, in collaboration with the home and parish;
  • give prominence to the physical signs of our faith around school for our community to reflect upon.

 

 

In order for our school family to have life in all its fullness and glory, St Vincent’s School community will:

 

WELCOME - Warmly welcome everyone to our school as Jesus welcomes us to the family of God.

 

WELFARE - Love, value and respect each other as Jesus intended and reach out to those who need us everywhere, making God's world a better place.

 

WORD - Place the Word of God at the centre of all we do.

 

WORSHIP - Worship the Lord our God joyfully with all our hearts.

 

WITNESS - Be witnesses of a Loving God, who is at the heart of all we do, by creating a happy atmosphere, lasting friendships and wonderful memories.

 

Teaching

 

The Religious Education Curriculum Directory provides guidance for the Religious Education curriculum at St Vincent’s. We use the published scheme ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ as a resource to teach the curriculum along side a number of other resources.  It is taught alongside our liturgical plan which reflects the calendar of the Church’s year.  We recognise opportunities to deepen our faith in all areas of the curriculum.

 

Classroom RE will be a challenging educational engagement between the pupil, the teacher and the subject material.

 

We adopt a variety of teaching styles and the children are actively involved in their learning in order to develop curiosity, creativity and independent thought. We create opportunities for thought, prayer, stillness and silence. We foster an atmosphere which may evoke responses of joy, sorrow, thanks, praise and acceptance.

 

Every day the children have times of prayer and worship, both formal and spontaneous.  This takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and in school assemblies.  Each class prepares a liturgy and music for a class Mass with Canon Brindle, our parish priest.  We celebrate our significant festivals through attending Mass, drama, prayer and music. 

 

A progression of prayers appropriate to each year group is also taught. All children and staff are welcomed to the lunchtime ‘Rosary’ each October and May.

 

We work in partnership with families through our ‘In the Beginning’ Education in Personal Relationships Programme.

 

The children’s awareness and appreciation of our multi-faith society is nurtured through the Salford Diocesan Teaching Programme ‘World Religions and People of Other Faiths’.

 

 

Equal Opportunities

 

We believe that all children are entitled to equal access to the R.E. curriculum.  All the children are encouraged to express themselves according to their ability.  We are aware of the various cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds of both staff and children and are sensitive in our approach and the use of materials and resources.

 

Community responsibility

 

We recognise the significance of the example set by parents, teachers, priest, governors and all school staff to lead our children on their faith journey.

 

Record keeping and assessment


Assessment in Religious Education cannot, and should not, assess the faith development of children. Only the knowledge they have acquired, and what they can learn from this can be assessed. This is achieved by the use of marking, assessment tasks or activities, through discussions with individuals and by observations made in group situations.

 

At the end of each topic, teachers use assessments of attainment and progress, provided by The Way, the Truth and the Life scheme.  In addition one topic each term is assessed more formally.  

 

Monitoring


Religious Education is monitored by the Head, Deputy and RE Co-ordinators through:

  • classroom observations by the head and RE Co-ordinator;
  • scrutiny of pupils’ RE books;
  • display work throughout the school;
  • levelled work in continuation books.

 

The outcome of our religious education is “religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.” (Salford Diocese Religious Education Centre)