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St John’sRC Primary School

Growing and learning together in the footsteps of Jesus.

Religious Education

Religious Education 

 

Intent

 

Religious Education at St John's allows children to gain an understanding, question, and explore our core beliefs as Catholics. We mainly use the 'Come and See' scheme of work to do this (See 'Support your child' document for further information), but it is not just through your child's RE book that we teach our Gospel values. Christ is at the centre of everything we do - our vision, mission and 6 key values reflect this. We encourage each other to contemplate in prayer and live out our faith in 'not just words but deeds'. We believe our faith should be reflected in what we say, how we behave, how we react to various situations and what we give back to society. St John himself spread God's message of love, tolerance and respect for each other. We believe at St John's we are encouraging our children to do exactly this, in a safe environment where they are encouraged to explore and learn from their mistakes. Hard work and success is rewarded and celebrated, not just through certificates and prizes, but in the love we give and receive from each-other: The intrinsic rewards of God's love. Our wider St John's community is an active and vibrant one and we support each other 'Growing and learning in the footsteps of Jesus'. 

 

Implementation

 

It is very important for us to also develop the child's knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of today's society. RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It not only develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our own Roman Catholic faith but of other principal religions too.

 

RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development, well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. Often we teach RE through other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. We offer opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally. 

 

Impact

 

Our children are nurtured in the faith, encouraged to question and explore their faith, learn to appreciate other faiths, and are challenged to live out their faith to make a difference to society.

At St John’s we aim to live by the 5W's. This is a framework created by the Diocese of Salford to ensure we live our lives by the values at the roots of Christianity; they help us to aspire to be like God.

 

THE 5 W’s

The 5Ws are: Word; Welcome; Welfare; Worship and Witness.

 It is the framework by which our effectiveness as a Catholic school is assessed.

For our Children, these translate as

 

  • Word (talk) - we talk together as a word of God's community
  • Welcome (come) - we come together in welcome
  • Welfare (walk) - we walk together as a welfare community
  • Worship (pray) - we pray together as a worship community
  • Witness (work) - we look at our School mission statement and work together as a witness community

 

You will see these displayed around the school.  You will also hear about these being discussed in assemblies and in class.

WELCOME (COME)

Our school is a place where visitors receive the warmest welcome and feel valued and respected.

 

At St John’s all are WELCOME in God's name; we are all God's children. We do our best to include all within our community and we celebrate our diversity. Together with our Rights Respecting School award, we aim to build self-esteem, respect for all and a sense of community.When we think about how we want St John's to be, we think about the Kingdom of God.  Along with our children, staff, parents and parish - we are a sign of Good News that speaks and listens to God.

 

WORD (TALK)

We place the word of God at the centre of all we do. 

 

Our school community is inspired by the WORD of God. Teaching and learning within Religious Education and our ‘Come and See’ religious programme, is one way in which we do this at St John's. We learn about stories from the Bible that tell us how Jesus acted and how God wants us to try to be.  Children are encouraged to engage in 'Big Questions' and higher level thinking generated from our faith, and also about our faith.  We celebrate the Word of God in worship and liturgy in class, during assemblies, at Mass in school and at Mass at St John’s Church.

 

 

WITNESS (WORK)

We are witnesses to others by being charitable: we know that other people’s lives can be different from our own.

As witnesses to the Word of God, Christ is at the centre of all that we do at St John's. This principle is maintained across the full curriculum and life of our school. We are witnesses to the Word of God in our actions and our behaviour. We extend this WITNESS beyond our school community to reach out to others.

All the family of our school bear witness to our new Mission Statement which informs everything we do in our community.  We nurture, support and challenge the children to live out and to give witness to the Gospel values in their everyday experience of school life and by developing their sense of responsibility to play their part in caring activities for good causes in the wider community.  We are witnesses to our environment and all God's world by being good stewards of Creation.

 

WELFARE (WALK)

We value and support individuals and their families.

 

As a Rights Respecting School, St John’s's puts the WELFARE of all at the heart of our community. We respect the rights and dignity of every individual as a child of God made in His likeness. 

At St. John’s, we see each individual child as a child of God.  We want to enable every child and adult to 'have life to the full'; cultivating an attitude of respect for each other among the whole community.  We all have a responsibility at St. John’s to follow Jesus and help and support each other in our community.  We try to be fair, we care about each other and always try to help, including those less fortunate than us and those outside of our community.  

 

WORSHIP (PRAY)

We come together as a community through prayer, worship, stillness and reflection.

 

Through WORSHIP opportunities we reflect on spiritual, moral social and cultural issues. At St John’s we encourage active participation in Liturgy, Collective Worship, personal reflection and meditation. At St. John’s our prayer can be traditional prayer of the Church, meditation, a philosophical approach or reflection on the Word of God.  We aim to provide as many worship opportunities for our community as possible throughout the school (prayer, reflection, liturgies, assemblies, Mass) including small groups, year groups, the whole school, parents and parishioners.  We hope that this develops, nurtures and deepens our relationship with God and with each other.

Come and See

 

We follow the Come and See Programme for Religious Education in our school from Nursery through to Year 6.  Please see timetable below in documents section.

 

Throughout the year we also study other faiths.  We are very fortunate to have close links with our local Islamic School for Girls who help us to learn about the Islamic faith by allowing us to visit their school.  In year 3 the children visit the Jewish museum in Cheetham Hill to learn about Judaism.  We also visit the Sikh and Buddhist centres in Chorlton.  

 

We feel it is important to give the children an experience and understanding of other faiths to help them understand the importance of our multi-cultural society.

 

Advent and Christmas  

At the start of Advent, Father McMahon visits to help us to prepare for the coming of Jesus. We celebrate a whole school Mass together in the Sports hall.  We also try to help others less fortunate.

Early years children bring a gift in and we then donate these gifts to The Wood Street Mission in Manchester.

Key Stage 1 children bring in used coats, blankets and socks to donate to Cornerstone in Manchester

Key stage 2 classes  take part in a reversible Advent calendar and the children bring in donations of  food for our local foodbank in Chorlton. 

 

 

Lent and Palm Sunday

 

In the Spring Term we celebrate Lent.  At the start of Lent, Father McMahon helps us to remember the purpose of Lent in our Ash Wednesday Service.

Throughout Lent, we try to grow closer to Jesus by helping others.  Each year, we raise funds for Saint Joseph’s Penny.  We raise funds in a variety of ways including cake sales, raffles and own clothes days.

Towards the end of Lent we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us in our preparation for Holy Week. Father McMahon came to help us to prepare for Holy Week.  Key stage 2 children take part in Easter assemblies to perform to their parents.

                           

 

Easter

Children in EYFS make their own Easter bonnets and perform an Easter bonnet parade for their parents.

                      

Fundraising

 

The School has fundraised for a number of charities over the course of this year, and plans to continue this throughout 2019-20. With the efforts of the children, staff and PTA, we have managed to raise some substantial amounts. As a Catholic school we believe in following in the teachings of Christ and helping those less fortunate than us as well as those during a time of struggle.  To raise money the school has ran fundraisers such as coffee mornings, carol singing and taking part in ‘Sing a Mile with a Smile’. The Charities we support include:

 

  • Cornerstone Day Centre
  • St Joseph’s Penny
  • Wood Street Mission
  • Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Cancer research
  • Children’s Liver Disease Foundation
  • Local Food Banks

                                                           

 

Remembrance Day

 

Each year we join as a whole school to remember those that have died during wars. This year we choose two children from each class to participate in a remembrance service in the school grounds. Please click on the link below to see the video of this special event.

             

                                       https://youtu.be/sbsaoBBywGw

 

 

Collective Worship 

 

Our faith permeates all aspects of school life, with prayer and collective worship taking place in small groups, classes, key stages and the whole school as much as possible.

 

Through worship opportunities we reflect on spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.  Our prayer can be traditional prayer of the Church, meditation, a philosophical approach or reflection on the Word of God.  We hope this develops, nurtures and deepens our relationship with God and with each other.

 

 

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