St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School,

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Religious Education

At St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School we aim to give children a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith. We give the religious, spiritual and moral education of our children the highest priority.   We regard Religious Education as more than a curriculum subject. It is something that guides every area of our school. As a Catholic school, we aim to educate the whole child, and our ethos is inseparable from the curriculum.

The Religious Education within the school promotes awe, wonder, reverence and spirituality within every child. As children are taught about God’s love, they discover their Christian responsibilities and how they should pray and care for others through the Church’s moral and social teaching.

Children follow the RE curriculum scheme ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ from Reception to Year 6. Each year, children cover topics linked to the liturgical year. We teach tolerance and respect for other faiths, races, cultures and communities within each of these topics. The children also study 3 other major World Faiths during each year.

Our Catholic faith is central to day-to-day life of our school and all aspects of the curriculum, and pupils are encouraged to recognise the importance of their faith and they respond to all forms of liturgy and collective worship with respect and reverence.

Religious Education is further enhanced through our close relationship with the parish of Mary, Mother of God. Here we follow the liturgical life of the church by attendance and active participation in the Mass and the sacraments through the observance of religious services and festivals.

 We have a rich liturgical life in that the experiences we provide are wide ranging and take place in school, out of school, in Church and the wider community, and engage and involve pupils, parents, staff, governors and the parish.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education)

The fundamental role of our work is to impart in our children their value, worth and uniqueness as children of God. They were created to be great and through their time and shared experiences at St John’s, we will work to make sure that they have every opportunity to achieve that greatness.

Through assemblies, opportunities for collective worship, relationships, pupil voice, themed weeks and community/parish  events we will promote and support values important to us such as tolerance and respect, personal freedom and liberty, equality of opportunity and democracy. By following Christ's example of loving one another and promoting forgiveness and fairness, we work hard daily to ensure that this is the experience of anybody who visits our school.

As RE is a core subject, it is taught for 10% of the curriculum, in line with the Bishops’ Conference recommendations. Collective worship is in addition to this.