Religious Education

‘Learning and growing in the light of the Gospel’

Religious Education is at the centre of all that we do, here at Grace Dieu. It can be seen throughout our School, not just in our RE lessons, but through Collective Worship, our links with the Nottingham Diocese and with Mount Saint Bernard Abbey especially, as well as in our behaviour towards each other.

RE is a core subject and, in line with the Bishops’ Conference recommendations, 10% of teaching time is allocated to RE.

The School follows the programme of study entitled ‘Come and See’.

All of our pupils study three themes:

·       Church Themes – our church – family, local church – community, universal church – world

·       Sacramental Themes – Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation

·       Christian Living Themes – Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter and Pentecost

Each theme has three topics and we study a topic from each theme each term.  Each topic is usually 4 weeks in length. (Please see our Topic Webs and our topics for this term document)

The process of each topic:

·       Explore – this is the introduction to the topic where the children’s life experiences are explored and it takes one week.  This may involve the children in some Prep or research activity.

·       Reveal – this is at the heart of the programme where knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith is revealed to the children and it takes 2 weeks.

·       Respond – this is where the learning is assimilated, celebrated and responded to in daily life and can involve the children in gathering together in prayer.

Our study of these themes/topics is supported whenever possible with visits to places of worship, for example Nottingham Cathedral and Mount Saint Bernard’s Abbey.  Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have enjoyed day retreats (linked to themes) with Ratcliffe College and pupils from there have joined us here at Grace Dieu.  All such experiences serve to enhance the children’s learning.

 

Other Faiths

As a Catholic school, universal and inclusive, we welcome all into our School.  We appreciate that we have much to learn about other faiths and we always try to involve those of another faith to share with us their beliefs.

During the academic year, two other faiths are taught; in the Autumn Term we learn about Judaism and during the Spring or Summer (whichever term is longest) we discover more about another world religion.  This may be Hinduism or Sikhism.

 

In all their work in RE pupils address two attainment targets:

Learning about Religion: in the head – covers pupil knowledge and understanding of religion

Learning from Religion: in the heart – this is concerned with developing pupils’ reflection and response to their own and others’ experience

Collective Worship

We have an active programme of Collective Worship, in the form of Morning prayer, child led worship and that which is led and modelled by staff; we celebrate Mass each week from Year 2- 6 and Mass for the whole School to mark the start and end of term.  Whole School liturgies follow the Church seasons.

Through our RE Programme, indeed all that we do, we are

‘Learning and growing in the light of the Gospel’