St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Primary School.
At St. Vincent’s everything we do stems from our desire
to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
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.
“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.
To create a Christian community where the Gospel values are evident:
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;
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Religious Education is monitored by the Head, Deputy and RE Co-ordinators through:
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)