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Religious Education at St. Augustine's

Intent

Religious Education lies at the heart of the curriculum and school life. We aim to teach the children, by example, in the daily life of the school. We pray together, teaching both specific school prayers and how to pray spontaneously and peacefully. Through Religious Education we aim to make the person of Jesus Christ known and loved, and to place Him and the teachings of the Church at the centre of school life. Children are encouraged to contribute to the Catholic life of the school and to have a good understanding of the school mission.

Implementation

We regularly gather for assemblies and to celebrate the Liturgy on a number of occasions each term. Through R.E., assemblies, liturgies and Collective Worship we teach values, knowledge of the scriptures, the church and moral attitudes. 

We encourage home, school and parish links. Four parishes are represented in the school. We work with the priests and promote the children’s awareness of the local and wider communities by encouraging them to participate in charitable activities and fund raising. 

We acknowledge that everyone is equal in the sight of God and follow a policy of equal opportunities. We promote the Catholic identity of the School through the Governor’s Admission Policy. 

In line with our fellow Diocesan schools, we are using a scheme called ‘Come and See’ which forms the basis of our Religious Education provision. It is based on the theological foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and the revised RE Curriculum Directory. ‘Come and See’ is an invitation to all to explore the promise of life. In response to the question, ‘where do you live?’ which was asked by the disciples, Jesus invited them to; ‘Come and See.’ (John 1:39), and scripture is very much at the heart of this resource. The children explore the major aspects of the Catholic faith but also learn about other world faiths.  

During the Autumn term the children will focus on three key themes: those of Domestic

Church (Family), Baptism and Confirmation (Belonging) and Advent and Christmas (Loving). Each year group will approach the themes through different topics and at an age appropriate level. The children will also spend one week studying Judaism. As we move into the Spring term, we study the three themes of Local Church (Community), Eucharist (Relating) and Lent/Easter (Giving). Within the Summer term each unit reflects upon the role the Holy Spirit plays in our lives. We study the three themes of Pentecost (Serving), Reconciliation (Inter-relating) and Universal Church (World). The children will also spend one week studying Islam. 

Each topic focus runs for four weeks. During that time the children explore how the topic relates to their daily lives; what images or actions show unconditional love to others. We then move to looking at scripture passages where we respond to their messages, teachings and advice. At the end of the topic we celebrate what we have learnt during this topic and reflect on how we can put this new knowledge into action. 

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) – is also part of the curriculum and takes the form of a programme with a moral framework related to the age and maturity of the children taught. We follow the programme written by the Diocese of Arundel, Journey in Love, as well as the Jigsaw scheme of learning for PSHE. Parents are invited in to view the materials before the children are taught the subject in the summer term.

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