Subject Lead: Mrs Roisin McGrath [email protected]
The curriculum for Religious Education at All Souls uses the Archdiocese of Birmingham Diocese’s own strategy from Foundation to Year 6 called ‘Learning and Growing as the People of God’. More information about this can be found here.
What is our vision for RE at All Souls?
How do we achieve this vision?
At All Souls Catholic Primary School our every decision is made with the understanding that every person is a child of God. At their baptism, parents promise to raise the children in the practice of the faith by loving God and their neighbour, our school is committed to the fulfilment of this promise in collaboration with the parents. Christ is at the very heart of everything we do; our ethos, vision and RE curriculum strives to meet this at all times. We believe that through having the courage to embrace our uniqueness in our approach to the teaching and living out of our Catholic life and duty at All Souls’, we provide children with a broad, rich curriculum that celebrates the faith of our school and the faith systems of others. As a foundation for our curriculum vision, we use the values instilled through scripture, these set out key learning areas with the end destination being that of children able to make good choices, treat others with respect and fulfil their call from God. For most children, the first experiences of religion are held with their first educators, their parents. Children arrive at All Souls’ with different faith systems, beliefs and backgrounds; we celebrate these differences and embark on a journey together of spiritual, moral, cultural and ethical development; understanding what it means to be a steward of creation and a follower of Jesus.
Year 3 receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in the spring term. The children are prepared by their class teacher using the Diocesan RE strategy with some additional materials compiled by school. Parents are very much encouraged to go to confession on this occasion as role models of the faith for their children.
First Holy Communion:
Year 3 receive the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist during the summer term. The programme of study starts with a mass of commitment in the autumn term. The children are prepared by their teacher using the Diocesan RE strategy but also with the support of the parish community. Throughout the course of the year, Fr Paul leads our children and families through a reflective and supportive approach of preparation to ensure children are adequately informed and ready to take the next steps on their faith journey.
These sessions will be once a month on a Saturday evening at All Souls Church.
Year 6 receive the sacrament of confirmation, dependent upon the times given to us by the Diocese. A mass of commitment mass takes place in the autumn term.
Teaching is taken from the Diocesan RE strategy throughout the school year. It is seen as an integral part of the children’s journey of faith, not just as a standalone unit.
The children are prepared by their teacher using the Diocesan RE strategy but also with the support of the parish community. Throughout the course of the year, Fr Paul leads our children and families through a reflective and supportive approach of preparation to ensure children are adequately informed and ready to take the next steps on their faith journey.
These sessions will be once a month on a Saturday evening at All Souls Church.
As the mass is the centre of the liturgical worship in the Catholic Church, it has an established place in the life of the school. A timetable for each term is planned by the Headteacher, RE lead and parish priest to include commitment masses and Parish links. The children are involved in planning and the celebration of mass.
Each class attends mass in our parish church on a rolling programme, several masses led by the children are held throughout the year:
The first Sunday of every month, this mass provides a lovely opportunity for school and parish to join together in the celebration of mass. Held monthly at All Souls Church, 9.15am mass. Year Six children take on additional responsibilities to live out their vocation and call to serve.
Key Stage/Class Mass
Takes place during school time with the support of school staff, a wonderful opportunity to share in the celebration of mass with their school family. This happens on a rota so children attend mass at least twice during a half term. Parents and families are welcome to attend these masses if possible. Children take on the key roles in mass including altar serving, offertory, reading and singing.
Whole School Mass
Takes place less regularly than the key stage/class masses but at least once every half term and on special celebration days e.g. All Souls’ Day. Takes place during school time with the support of school staff, a wonderful opportunity to share in the celebration of mass with their school family. Parents and families are welcome to attend these masses if possible. Children take on the key roles in mass including altar serving, offertory, reading and singing.
Children experience prayer every single day during multiple different times. Although times for set prayer within the school day, we encourage spontaneous prayer throughout the school day and provide opportunities of quiet reflection.
Prayer services are held on a weekly basis within classrooms as part of the children’s Religious Education programme and collective worship.
Children are encouraged to prepare and lead the prayer service and are supported to do this with the teacher. Children experience both planned for and spontaneous prayer as well as the opportunity to express guided meditation and reflection.
Within the first weeks of the school year. Reception children are paired with a child from Year 6 who is their Prayer Friend. The children share a variety of religious and non –religious activities together. Year 6 children accompany their prayer friends to mass. They guide them through the early stages of their journey of faith.
Monday morning assemblies are usually liturgical in nature and are taken by the Headteacher, the Deputy Headteacher or a member of Leadership Team.
Friday assemblies are Super Star assemblies. A time to reflect on the week, for children’s achievements both at school and home to be acknowledged and celebrated. Super Stars assemblies always begin and end with prayer and hymn singing.
Children’s achievements and talents are recognised and celebrated through ‘mini’ assemblies throughout the school year. For example piano or dance assembly.
House Points System –
The school operates a house point system. Children from Years 1 to 6 are organised into four ‘houses’ named after places important in the Life and Teachings of Jesus.
Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana and Jerusalem
Throughout the school day children have the opportunity to be awarded house points by all staff members. House points are awarded for both academic achievement and displaying Christian values.
Each house has a Year 6 child as a house captain. During Friday Superstar Assemblies house points are collected and rewards given to the winning house. On occasion children from the different houses join together to participate in whole school activities.
Charity Outreach and Community Links-
All year groups have an act of service every term and two acts of giving; either giving time or money to support charities. The children have chosen these acts of service and specific charities that they wish to support following conversations with the teacher. We will continue to support CAFOD campaigns and Father Hudson Appeals to aid our global family.
We are always looking for more opportunities to further support charities or services in our local community but these are just a few we are currently linked with and supporting:
-Trussell trust food bank
-Multiple care homes
-Coventry Refugee Centre
-Cancer research UK
An overview of the Catholic Curriculum of our school –
At All Souls Catholic Primary School we follow the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s Curriculum Strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Schools called “Learning and growing as people of God”. The strategy clearly lays out the steps to be taken in RE at each stage of the Primary Years. We then adapt this in order to make our lessons enjoyable and challenging for our children.
As part of the strategy the children learn about what it is to live as Christians today, how the Church is organised from global to parish level and also the opportunities which exist for them to participate in the life of the Church. Throughout the year the children also learn about the Liturgical Seasons and have opportunities to link learning to prayer and reflection. The Christian values of our school permeate the whole curriculum.
RE Strategy for each Year Group