St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Brighouse
Policy for Religious Education
Ratification by Governors
In our Catholic school of St. Joseph’s, we believe that each one of us is a unique gift of a loving God and we strive daily to create an environment of trust, respect, tolerance, honesty and forgiveness of others. We aim to nurture our school as a place where the love of God enters into the hearts of all in our school family and where success is measured by the words and actions of all to be the kind of people God, in his love, intends us to be.
We seek to offer all in our school family the opportunity to explore the mystery which God is and to live out each day demonstrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action. All are included and valued regardless of colour, race, creed, gender, physical or intellectual ability or cultural background.
We strive to work in wider active partnership with all who are responsible for the welfare and education of all the children in our care.
Through daily, prayerful worship which nurtures personal reflection of our own faith journey and develops our awareness of the needs of the wider community, we proclaim and celebrate God’s love for us all.
LOVE – one another as Jesus teaches us to do
LEARN - so that we can know God better in all things
LIVE - life to the full as God intended us to do
Rationale of Religious Education:
- At the heart of Catholic education lies the Christian vision of the human person. This vision is expressed and explored in religious education. Therefore, we believe that religious education is never simply one subject among many, but the foundation of the entire educational process
- We believe Religious Education is, then, the core subject in a Catholic school
- Religious education contributes to evangelisation and catechesis but its specific contribution to the Catholic Life of the school is primarily educational and so Religious Education will be planned, taught, assessed and monitored with the same rigour as other curriculum subjects
- We understand Religious Education to be the systematic study of the mystery of God and of Jesus Christ, of the Church, and of the central beliefs which Catholics hold
The outcome of Religious Education is religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.’
The Aims of Religious Education
- to promote knowledge and understanding of Catholic faith and life
- to promote knowledge and understanding of the response of faith to the ultimate questions about human life, its origin and purpose
- to promote the skills required to engage in examination of and reflection upon religious belief and practice
Curriculum Time Allocation:
In line with Bishops’ Conference recommendations, 10% of curriculum time is allocated to Religious Education. This does not include Collective Worship.
Programme of Study:
To fulfil the above aims and to address the 4 areas of study outlined in the Curriculum Directory – Revelation, Church, Celebration and Life in Christ using the Diocesan recommended programme ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ and other teaching reflecting the liturgical year and other religious events.
‘Our starting point in Religious Education is Revelation. God is always the initiator in the history of our creation and redemption; it is his revealing of himself that makes classroom religious education possible. To begin with revelation ensures that we respect the revealed nature of Christian faith.
From Revelation we move onto Church; in other words, we consider how revelation gives life to the Church. The Church is the bearer of God’s revelation and the means by which human beings live out their response to revelation, enlivened by the Holy Spirit.
From here we focus on two aspects of the Church’s response to God’s revelation; Celebration – the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church and Life in Christ – the moral life and the pursuit of holiness.
However, attempts to make clear connections between the truths of faith and the pupils’ experience of life are essential.’
‘Teaching in Religious Education ….should help people be attentive to the meaning of their experiences, illumined by the light of the Gospel, so that they may respond to God more fully. Experience can also make the Christian message more intelligible.’
A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used from across the curriculum adapted appropriately to the needs and learning styles of pupils.
Assessment, Monitoring, Recording and Reporting
- Assessment of standards is carried out according to Diocesan guidelines using the criteria in the Levels of Attainment booklet agreed by Bishops’ Conference
- Each teacher keeps a class record of assessed work and records of pupils’ progress
- In - house moderation meetings are held at different times of the year
- Monitoring of teaching and learning takes place by members of the SLT
- Progress and achievement in Religious Education is reported to parents/carers in a written report at the end of each academic year.
Management of the Subject
A member of the SLT is the Subject Leader and has responsibility for leading, managing and supporting the organisation and delivery of training in Religious Education.
The teaching of other faiths is delivered through the RE Curriculum supported by Cultural Studies and during the year as celebrations and festivals occur.
This policy will be monitored, evaluated and reviewed by Staff and Governors.
Signed ___________________________Mrs Dorsey, Chair of Governors Date ____________