Religious Education Curriculum
The Religious Education Curriculum is at the heart of St John Fisher RC Primary School.
As a Catholic school, our faith is entwined through every aspect of our school. Religion is a relationship of love between the child and God, and between the child and other people, in our local community and parish. At St John Fisher Religious Education consists of RE lessons, daily prayer, Acts of Worship and Celebrations of Liturgy. We feel it is important that children learn how to co-operate with and forgive others, following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Our school ethos and motto, scripture and Gospel values all support us to deliver this and help pupils grow in their own personal journey of faith.
As a whole school, we follow the Catholic Religious Education scheme entitled ‘Come and See’. Links are made with the pupils’ own experiences, universal experiences and with the experiences of other faith traditions.
'Come and See' which was developed to respond to the needs of children today in their faith journey, to enable them to grow in their religious literacy and understanding in a way that is coherent with current educational principles. It is designed to support teachers in their delivery of religious education.
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.
'Come and See' is an invitation to exploration and a promise of life for everyone. 'Come and See' offers the opportunity to search, to explore, to discover and to respond; this is part of what it is to be human.
Children – 'Come and See' the wonder of all that is within them and beyond.
God – Offers the invitation to 'Come and See'
Teachers – Facilitates the opportunity for children to 'Come and See'
Each topic, opened up through: Explore, Reveal and Respond.
Within Explore –children begin to look at and focus on the experience with their own lives – concerning themselves, their relationships and the world.
Within Reveal – The heart of the process where knowledge and understanding of the catholic Faith is revealed through the Word, in Scripture, Tradition, doctrine, prayers, rites and Christian living.
Within Respond –this is where the learning is assimilated celebrated and responded to in daily life.
Throughout a pupil’s school journey they will each have the opportunity to explore different faiths and religions as part of this curriculum, in particular, Judaism and Islam.
The priests of our parish regularly visit the school and are a link with the wider community of the St John Fisher Church. We regularly hold masses /services at school and at St John Fisher Church. Our school chaplains are actively involved in these.