At St Francis Xavier, we strive to provide all of our pupils with a robust, thorough and knowledge rich religious education which provides a strong foundation for our pupils' personal faith. The children study scripture, the teaching of the Catholic Church, the sacraments, key acts of worship, prayer and learn about key figures in the Catholic Church. Furthermore, the pupils learn about other faiths including Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Our RE curriculum is organised progressively and by theme so that what children learn builds upon their prior knowledge, and they encounter the same thematic topics in greater depth in each year group from Nursery to Year 6 towards clearly defined end points.
Through our RE curriculum, we endeavor to inspire within our pupils a love of learning, passion for their faith and to promote tolerance and understanding of those of different faiths. We teach our pupils that every individual is created unique, in the image and likeness of God and therefore are entitled to respect. We aim for religious education lessons and experiences to be unlike any other in school to create the opportunity for not only learning about the Catholic Faith, but also awe, wonder, reverence and spirituality in a creative way.
In Year 1 during multi faith week, we enjoyed learning about the religion of Judaism. We listened to the story of Abraham and explored a piece of scripture through creative art work!
Genesis 12:1-3. God promised Abraham “I will give you this land for your descendants. I will make you a great nation and I will bless you. I will make your descendants as many as the stars in the sky” 💫
In Year Three, the children explored Synagogues around the world and even took a virtual tour of a Synagogue in New York City. They then compared a Jewish Synagogue to a Catholic Church looking at the similarities and differences. They enjoyed exploring the different items that would be used by Jews in a Synagogue.
Nursery class explored Judaism and Hanukkah. We used books to look at photographs and find information and new vocabulary together. We used our senses to explore artefacts and objects from the faith and from the past. Mrs Searson talked to the children about her experience of visiting Jerusalem and the important places in the photographs. Children are beginning to know that there are different religions. They are beginning to understand that some things are similar and different to the Catholic faith. They can use their senses to talk about artefacts and objects linked to religion.
In Year Five, the children took part in a job interview for a follower of Jesus. They thought about the key qualities a follower of Jesus should possess.
Year 2 have enjoyed learning about Signs and Symbols in RE. They have learnt about the signs and symbols of the Church and what these symbolise and represent.
Year 2 linked their Collective Worship to their topic of 'Beginnings', celebrating the new beginnings in the world. For example, we discussed the Story of Creation or Jesus' birth as a beginning. We also talked about beginnings in our own lives, such as starting a new school/year group, moving house or getting a new baby brother or sister. We discussed the fact that new beginnings can be easy and exciting but they can also be difficult and scary sometimes. However, despite this, God is always there for us, watching over us and protecting us.
Nursery class explored and expressed our monthly virtue of HOPE. Jake drew a rainbow for Mrs Searson using pencil crayons. We took the opportunity to talk about how this made Mrs Season feel in our Classroom Worship time, which was 'hopeful'. We talked about the word 'hope' being deeper than a wish and longer lasting than a one off prayer. We linked the learning with the story of Noah's Ark and the symbolism of a promise in the rainbow, which gives us hope for a better world, even today. We learnt the rainbow song and discussed what hope might feel or look like and what colour it might be. We used a range of media to express our thoughts and feelings together. We ended with a prayer of thanks for today and hope for a better tomorrow.
In class, Year 6 have been learning about what Remembrance means and the importance of Armistice Day. They were then tasked with creating a poem or prayer based on Remembrance.
Remembrance Day - Children thought about the word 'remember' as part of the Remembrance Day and what this might mean when thinking about the 'past'. We explored and expressed our thoughts and feelings though listening to stories and poems, looking at and representing Poppy flowers in a range of ways and joining our school family to take time to remember those in the past. We explored the word 'peace' and made a prayer together.
For our Promises topic in RE we explored the different groups we belong to in and out of school and discussed what it means to be in a group and a shared community. The children really enjoyed asking Father Henry the questions they had written about Baptism and learnt so much from his responses.
We then looked at Baptism as a special Sacrament where both our families, Godparents and ourselves make a promise to God. We compared the similarities and differences between Jesus' Baptism and a Baptism that would take place in a Church today.
Year 4 looked at the family of Ruth including her descendant Solomon. They used speech bubbles to represent how Ruth was to both her mother-in-law Naomi and husband Boaz. They then looked at how Solomon was a great and wise leader.
During their Home topic, Year Three focused on the joys and sorrows within their homes and created their own class wall- focusing on what they believe are the vital characteristics needed in a happy home.
Nursery marked October as the Month of the Rosary. We introduced Mother Mary, the Hail Mary and Rosary Beads. Children worked collaboratively to produced a large scale Rosary Bead and then were lucky enough to be gifted with their very own Rosary to take home and share with their families.
Following their special collective worship about Queen Elizabeth, Year Three wrote caring prayers about the Queen. Focusing on her qualities we are grateful for.
In Year 2, they have created a piece of artwork in RE to represent and celebrate the fact that God is always with us.
In Year One, they sculpted a beautiful family ring as they discussed those that share love with them in their families. They also discussed ways in which they show love too. They took their rings home with a little tea light to share with their families. Some children have said they will be using these during prayer time at home.
Our Year One children have enjoyed looking at photos of their families that they brought in to share. They then decided to draw and label their family portraits.
Nursery have a growing independence in RE. We have looked at our baby photographs and had a visit from baby Jack and his mummy who shared their baptism journey with us. We then role played our experiences and explored the signs and symbols of the church and new vocabulary.
Welcome - In RE, Reception have been talking about how we would welcome someone new into our class. Our children loved meeting our new friend and giving them lots of hugs!