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Come & See

On this page we have gathered information about our approach to Religious Education as a Roman Catholic faith school. Our Mission Statement, “Growing Together in Faith, Love and Learning” demonstrates how we value the inspiration and light of Christ at the centre of our lives, in all that we do together for ourselves and the good of others.

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 lifeClassroom Religious Education in school is primarily educational
  • Excellence in Religious Education is achieved by

Expectations of the teaching and learning of Religious Education

Classroom Religious Education in school is primarily educational

Excellence in Religious Education

  • Clarity of succinct religious learning objectives
  • Key content
  • By appropriate methodologies
  • Rigour
  • 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 Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School 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. 

Our Approach to Teaching RE:

We follow the Come & See programme, which sets out each topic through the headings of Explore, Reveal and Respond. These take four weeks to complete and are broken down as follows:

Explore (ONE week to complete) This is when we introduce the topic, where the children’s life experience is explored, the question(s) it raises are wondered at, shared, investigated and their significance reflected upon.

Reveal (TWO weeks)  This is the heart of the programme where knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith is revealed through the Word, in Scripture, Tradition, doctrine, prayers, rites and Christian living.

Respond (ONE week) This is where the learning is assimilated, celebrated and responded to in daily life. Part of our celebrations and sharing with our school community is fulfilled in End of Topic celebrations for Phase Groups (e.g. EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 & Upper KS2).

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RELATIONSHIPS & SEX EDUCATION

RSE (A Journey in Love)

‘Growing Together in Faith, Love & Learning’

At St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School we recognise that as parents you are the first educators of your children, and in doing so have primary responsibility in teaching your children how to build healthy, loving relationships. Our catholic school however also plays a vital part in supporting you in doing this. The Governors of St Bernadette’s have adopted the ‘Journey in Love’ programme to support Relationships and Sex Education throughout the school (Reception to Year 6).

 

The programme is authentic to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Below, is a brief outline of the content of the programme:

 

Reception: God loves each of us in our uniqueness

Y1: We meet God’s love in our family

Y2: We meet God’s love in the community

Y3: How we live in love

Y4: God loves us in our differences

Y5: God loves me in my changing and development

Y6: The wonder of God’s love in creating new life 

Collective Worship

At St Bernadette’s we always strive to provide quality experiences of prayer and liturgy that support our pupils’ spiritual development. These communal acts of prayer and the liturgical celebrations of the Church form part of everyday life in our school. Every child is given the opportunity to pray by giving praise and thanks to God using traditional prayers of the Catholic Church and many other sources of prayer that enable this to take place. We encourage the children to nurture a relationship with God through words, symbols, song, actions, gestures and silence. Prayer is such an integral part of school life that it can never be confined to ‘timetabled’ slots but may take place in a variety of contexts other than those specifically structured.

Central to our prayer life in St Bernadette’s is the weekly Key Stage Collective Worship and prayer assembly. Children participate in a variety of ways: praying, reading, singing, drama, preparing the display and choosing music and scripture to emphasise a specific focus of the Collective Worship, which changes each week.

In addition to Collective Worship, each class attends the Parish Mass each Tuesday on a rota. This is in order to help the children further develop their understanding of the richness of the Word and the Eucharist and engage in active service with the wider parish community.

Other opportunities for prayer take place within the classroom at the start of each day, before and after lunch and again at the end of each day. Prayer in the classrooms and in assemblies always includes use of symbols and a focal point for prayer which is appropriate to the liturgical season, for example, Lent, Advent or Easter. During all these times of prayer, both staff and pupils are involved in leading and participating.

The school is very blessed in having a very supportive priest (Fr John Hindley) within the parish who is in school regularly helping our children to experience what it means to belong to, or take part in the worshiping community of the Church. The children are fortunate to be able to experience the richness of the liturgical life of the Church in many ways throughout the year such as the Stations of the Cross during Lent, Our May Procession, Carol Service at Christmas and the Celebration of Holy Days of obligation throughout the year.

Heart Smart

HeartSmart is a creative approach that is central to the Gospel Values that our ethos is built on. We use it to build character, emotional health and resilience in our children through a supportive Behaviour Policy built on the HeartSmart principles and our PHSE programme. It’s aim is to equip our children with foundational principles and skills that will improve their mental health, relationships and academic achievements.

It is built on Five principles which form a different values focus each half term across the academic year.

 

  1. Let Love In
  2. Too Much Selfie Isn’t Healthy
  3. Don’t Rub It In, Rub It Out
  4. Fake Is A Mistake
  5. ‘No Way Through’ Just Isn’t True  

 

Through weekly workshops and assemblies, the children will be able to apply these principles in their lives so they become an internal dialogue for healthy wellbeing.

Our Behaviour Policy is built upon the HeartSmart Principles linked to the Gospel Values. Children earn ‘HeartSmarts’ across the week when observed following the principles. The children who live out the principles most during the week, are celebrated in our Praise Assembly on Fridays. The Gospel value of forgiveness leading the principle ‘ Don’t’ Rub It In, Rub It Out’ which guides the sanctions within our policy.

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ADOREMUS

The Bishops of England and Wales held a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool on 7 – 9 September 2018. 

The children in St Bernadette’s began to explore the meaning of Eucharist through their spiritual reflection day ‘Wild in the Woods’ in July 2018. The whole school spent the day in Elnup Woods combining the key messages from Laudate Si with the core concept of Adoremus. The activity stations gave the children the opportunity to explore the gift of the Eucharist through the following key concept –

 

 

The central symbols of the Eucharist, the bread and wine which become the Body and Blood of Christ, are fruits of the earth- simple food and drink that is rooted in creation itself.

It is also the work of human hands.

For Mass, the gifts of God’s creation are taken and transformed into something new: wheat becomes bread, grapes becomes wine;

at Mass we offer these gifts back to God so that the Holy Spirit can transform them into the life-giving Eucharist.

In the Mass we can therefore see: God’s creation, our effects on it, the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit and that our primary response should be one of thanksgiving for what God has given us (the root of the word Eucharist).

In seeing the world with sacramental eyes we can also see the negative effects of humanity on God’s creation. The children moved round 10 activity and reflection stations that provided opportunities to contemplate and celebrate the gift of our world and the Eucharist.

 

We will be continue to explore the gift of the Eucharist through Art, Music, Reflection, Adoration (Benediction) and quiet prayer.

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