Subject Statement of Intent Religious Education
Holy Rosary RC Primary School is a Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided School. It is part of a network of schools provided by the Salford Diocese and maintained by Oldham Local Authority. At Holy Rosary we work extremely closely with the catholic family of schools Oldham schools, this family is called CFOS (Catholic Federation of Oldham Schools). The school was built by and is supported by practising Catholics. At Holy Rosary we believe that the strong Catholic links to the Diocese and CFOS are an extremely important way of supporting and developing our Catholic family.
We believe that Religious Education is not just a lesson with a start and end time. It is our whole way of life and can be seen in all that we do and are. At Holy Rosary we are all God’s missionary disciples with Jesus at the heart of all that we do.
We aim for all children to:
- Ensure that everybody feels welcomed and valued and that children share this welcome with others.
- Help children understand that God is always with them and that they are all part of one family;
- Take inspiration from the Gospel teachings and to aspire not to have more, but to be more;
- Teach children about their Christian responsibilities;
- Provide children with experiences of Catholic and Christian traditions, as well as being taught to be respectful and understanding of people and traditions from other faith backgrounds.
RE is taught discretely for 10% of the timetable (2 ½ hours a week) using the ‘Come and See’ scheme. This is the Syllabus prescribed by Salford Diocese. The RE curriculum is extremely important and as such is given high importance in the weekly timetable. The curriculum ensures that the children grow in faith and belief. It helps them to understand and interpret their faith for themselves.
Lectio Divina is part of RE teachings, ensuring that children from year 1 to year 6 are given the opportunity to explore scripture during a theme.
Through the ‘Come and See’ scheme children are given the opportunity to explore some of other world religions: Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Judaism is studied each year with the other three religions being taught on a three year cycle.
Caritas is taught during a separate session each week. (20 minutes each week) This session develops the children’s spiritual and moral teaching and throughout the year is linked to British Values.
Although RE is taught discretely through RE sessions it is also taught through the ethos and values of everyday school life, including prayer and worship.
Prayer and reflection play an important role at Holy Rosary and we ensure that all children are given the opportunity to take part in daily worship, assemblies and masses. We ensure that we celebrate important religious celebrations through school masses and special assemblies, and ensure that children understand why these celebrations are important.
At Holy Rosary we support our Year 3 children on their spiritual journey. They are supported, through school, as they prepare for their reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Through this preparation children continue on their spiritual journey and develop into stronger more confident Catholics.
At Holy Rosary the spiritual and moral wellbeing of all stakeholders is extremely important, with assemblies, caritas and the ethos supporting this. We enjoy celebrations and reflection days in which parents and parishioners are invited. These are a really important way of showing our children that they are supported at home, in the parish as well as at school.
What we teach in RE across the school – Progression Grid
When we teach RE throughout the year
World Religion 3 Year Cycle
Interim standards are used from Nursery to Year 6 to assess RE. We assess over 2 years using these. So for example ages 3-5, 5-7, 7-9, 9-11. We have all the statements on our tracking system “insight” and these the children are assessed as not quite understanding, understanding and at greater depth. We assess throughout all topics as opposed to certain times in the year. We follow the come and see scheme closely and the Salford diocese website for assessment ideas so they are differentiated throughout the school.