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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

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Always our best for God, each other and ourselves.

Intent:

A Holy Family Theologian can articulate what it means to belong to the family of God, understands the responsibility of discipleship and constantly seeks to encounter God. Through their learning in ‘Building the Kingdom’ of the examples of leaders of the past and the present, they will be inspired to become the leaders of tomorrow and make a difference in society.

Children will be encouraged to know, understand and participate more fully in the life of the church and will appreciate the spiritual and religious dimensions in life as expressed in the Catholic faith tradition. Children will reflect on what it means to have faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. Children will build on the foundations they have from their families and Church life, preparing them for the next stage of their lives academically and spiritually.

Children will develop the skills to make links and connections, engage and respond, analyse and evaluate using sources of evidence from the Bible and knowledge from lessons to gain a deeper understanding of the teachings of the church. They will be encouraged to investigate their faith through their reading and questioning of the scripture that is posed to them as well as questions they themselves put forward. The skills they have acquired in other subjects will be applied in their Religious Education. Children will be able to use this knowledge to articulate what the Catholic faith means to them.

Implementation:

Religious Education is implemented through the scheme of The Way, The Truth and The Life. This scheme promotes knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith; its relevance to the ultimate questions of life and the skills required to engage in religious thinking. The basic content of our scheme of work has as its point of reference the Religious Education Curriculum Directory. The broad themes with which Religious Education is concerned are: Revelation, Life in Jesus, The Church, and Celebration. The whole curriculum at Holy Family is enriched and enhanced by two Catholic Social Teaching programmes: Caritas in Action and Building the Kingdom.

Children are given the opportunities to read scripture, to discuss, and unpick the meaning behind the messages that are given. To have the chance to make references to life now, seeing the links with their own life and experiences.

Religious Education presents our pupils with the same academic demands and challenges as any other curriculum area. It is taught twice weekly, covering ten percent of the timetable. There are additional feasts throughout the year, which are celebrated such as All Saints, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, through ‘Building the Kingdom,’ assemblies, masses and reflections in school or at church.

The children will have opportunities to learn about other faiths through themed weeks, focussing on aspects of these religions to build their understanding and respect for others as they grow. This will develop them as a person ready for their future when they meet those with differing beliefs, whether in religion or opinion.

Impact:

All children have a clear understanding of the Catholic faith and are able to speak confidently and clearly, expressing what they believe and the messages that are shared with us in the Bible. They will be able to ask and answer questions to develop their knowledge and understanding. Children will be able to refer to scripture to articulate meaning and evidence, when explaining the faith to others.

Children will deepen their understanding of who Jesus is, what they believe about him and his Church and why they believe it.