Religious Education is central to the life of the school. In our Section 48 RE Inspection in March 2018 the school was graded 'Outstanding'.
We follow the National Programme “The Way, The Truth and The Life” which covers nine topics each year. The programme is used from Reception to Year 6.
Each day collective worship takes place in class with prayers and time for reflection. Children are invited through the Parishes to receive the Sacraments of Forgiveness and Holy Communion in Year 3. The children are supported in school through ongoing work in the RE programme.
The whole school community meets for assembly on Monday and Friday. Juniors and Infants have class Masses to which families are invited. We attend Mass regularly at St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s Parish Churches both on Sundays and on special school days through the year. The children attend Mass in the parish churches.
Our Parish Priests Father Johnathan and Father Shaw come to school regularly to talk to the children and share in our assemblies. They provide the children with opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Forgiveness during Lent and Advent and at other times during the year on request.
Mini Vinnies is a programme designed for groups of primary school students who are interested in social justice. Mini Vinnies students get together within their school to help those in need within their school, local or international community. Mini Vinnies introduces children to social justice issues, The St Vincent de Paul Society and to living faith through action. The group is supported by a teacher or parent within the school, by the local St Vincent de Paul parish conference and by St Vincent de Paul staff.
Our Mini Vinnies group is led by Mrs Ebbrell.
The Way, The Truth and the Life
The Syllabus is based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory and therefore the contents of the Teachers Book, Big Book and Pupil’s work book fulfil the requirements of the Bishops’ Conference for Religious Education in Catholic Schools.
The great strength of this series is its simplicity and clarity. It is attractive, lively and appealing to both teachers and pupils.
The book provides theological notes, stories, a large variety of activities, guidance on assessment and suggestions for questions on the Big Book. There is also included a variety of supporting resources such as websites, videos and songs. The very attractive Pupil’s Work Book should encourage children to take pride in their work and be able to share it with their familes.
Years 3/4 and 5/6 work on a two year cycle programme.