Religious Education at St. Anne's
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School believe that the ethos of the school must in all its spiritual, moral and cultural aspects reflect the teachings of Christ in the Gospels, in accordance with the rites, practices and teachings of the Catholic Church.
Our aim is to provide a high quality Christian Education based upon the teachings of Christ in the gospels, recognising the uniqueness of each member of our school, enabling every one of them to develop his or her gifts and talents to the full. In order to achieve this, we will work in partnership with parents, carers, the parish and the wider community by:
- Promote a welcoming, happy, lively and caring environment within which each individual can develop his or her own physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual potential to the full.
- Nurture and develop the special nature of our Catholic school.
- Foster a caring partnership between home and school.
- Develop each person as a unique individual, and to respect the dignity of each individual irrespective of circumstance, gender, race or creed.
- Provide opportunities for each individual to develop his/ her talents to their fullest potential, ensuring that success and achievement are promoted and all our children are supported to work hard and set high standards for themselves.
- Develop and maintain an active partnership with the parish, the home, the school governors, as well as offering support to organisations and groups in the wider community at large.
To fulfill our aims and objectives we use the ‘Come and See’ programme of Religious Education recommended by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Each theme is explored through different topics in each age group.
The three autumn time themes are developed in the light of an understanding of Creation:
- Family: Domestic Church focuses on life as gift, myself as a unique and loved creation, the creative love and care that can be expressed in family groups.
- Belonging: Baptism/Confirmation focuses on the call to belong, the creative potential that belonging develops; and Baptism and Confirmation, sacraments of the gift of God’s life and friendship.
- Loving: Advent/Christmas focuses on the capacity for entering into loving relationships and the perfect gift and revelation of God’s love, Jesus, born of Mary, born as one of us.
The three spring time themes are developed in the light of an understanding of Incarnation:
- Community: Local Church focuses on the people of God gathered in Christ, united in the journey of faith, in care for one another, in sharing their story and in celebration.
- Relating: Eucharist focuses on the invitation to know Jesus, to live in communion with him and with one another.
- Giving: Lent/Easter focuses on Jesus’ loving self-giving on the cross, the Father’s love that raises him to new life and the challenge to Christians to follow Jesus’ example of self-giving.
The three summer themes are developed in the light of an understanding of Redemption and the work of the Holy Spirit.
- Serving: Pentecost focuses on the on-going mission of Jesus Christ in the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Inter-Relating: Reconciliation focuses on the love, compassion and forgiveness of God the Father revealed in Jesus and poured out by the Spirit to bring forgiveness and reconciliation in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
- World: Universal Church focuses on the same love revealed in the diversity of the world and its people, and in the gifts of the Spirit that bear fruit in love, joy, justice and peace for all people.
- Children being involved in the presentation and preparation of masses in church and in school.
- Children preparing and presenting class Collective Worship.
- Children preparing and presenting Collective Worship for their parents and the wider community.
- Children being involved in various aspects of community and parish life.
The Come and See programme also teaches the children about another faith and another religion. During the Autumn Term the children will study various aspects of Judaism. Then, in the Summer Term they learn about Islam.
Mrs J Preston
RE Subject Leader