Religious Education is the "core of the core curriculum" in a Catholic school (Pope St John Paul II).
Placing RE at the core of the curriculum in Catholic schools helps the school to fulfill its mission to educate the whole person in discerning the meaning of their existence. Catholic schools, with RE at their core, exist in order to "help parents, priests and teachers to hand on the Deposit of Faith in its fullness to a new generation of young people so that they may come to understand the richness of the Catholic faith, and thereby be drawn into a deeper communion with Christ in his Church." (Religious Education Curriculum Directory pvii.)
At St Francis Xavier, we follow the Come and See scheme. "Come and See" is an invitation and a promise of life for everyone. The invitation is open to all. In response to the question ‘Where do you live?’, Jesus invited the disciples to ‘Come and See.’ They went with Jesus ‘and spent the rest of that day with him.’
Religious Education is a core subject of the curriculum for Catholic Schools and as such teaching and learning in RE makes up 10% of curriculum time. As such it is taught rigorously with all the same expectations as other core subjects whilst maintaining a creative element and encouraging children to question and think at a high level.
Children all have a RE book where there Come and See learning is both treasured and shows high expectations for learning. We also engage in a collective worship each day where the children are provided with time to reflect and to learn Catholic values. In Early Years we cover various topics to immerse the children into the beginning of their religious journey.
The children’s personal social and emotional understanding is developed through our Religious Education and the Catholic Life of the school.
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LENT IN LOCKDOWN
Lent is a gift to the church. It's a time of training. It's a chance for us to discipline ourselves, of getting ourselves ready for Easter. It's time of preparation. A time to make sure that our lives are aligned with the King whose name we bear. And that’s why the traditions include fasting, prayer, silence, confession, and study.
As we approach another Lent with some form of Covid restrictions placed upon our lives, it is important that we look inwards and continue to live our faith at home. This year we will be able to take up Lent in a way we haven’t ever before. There is a new chapter ahead for all of us. We will soon be returning to a new way of living. Perhaps precisely what we need is to get ready.
We have completed the below list of resources to help you and your children sustain your prayer life this Lent.