RE POLICY SSMJ
“Following the example of Jesus, together we learn, love and respect one another to be the best we can be,”
It is the mission of the school to bring this into being. Thus at St Michael & St John’s:
We encourage our children to achieve their true potential and to take full advantage of all opportunities offered to equip them for their spiritual and educational journey.
We believe that each child is a unique creation belonging to God and made in His image. We want out children to recognise this, as they develop their self-esteem and build relationships.
We support out children in appreciating their individual talents and in valuing the gifts given to others. We encourage the children to recognise that they are equally valued within school and the wider community.
At SSMJ we offer our children an exciting and faith filled RE curriculum that is central to every aspect of school life. Through the outstanding provision we make we ensure that children leave our school religiously literate and engaged in the world and people around them, filled with knowledge, understanding and skills so that they can reflect spiritually, think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.
Through the teaching of RE and Collective Worship, the school intends to make a real contribution to a child’s personal development, including Spiritual, Moral and Cultural development.
· To support the Mission Statement of the school in communicating an understanding of the redeeming love of Jesus Christ, underpinning the ethos of the school and its nurturing role.
· To help develop children’s own beliefs, values and attitudes through an exploration of Christ’s and the Apostles’ teachings as found in Scripture, the examination of religious language and symbolism, along with their shared human experience.
· With emphasis on Roman Catholic beliefs and practices, to know the place significance of Christianity and other world religions in the contemporary world, in the surrounding wider and local communities, and within the Parish.
· To deliver Salford Diocesan RE syllabus; Come and See.
The staff team are dedicated to every stage of your child’s development in the faith and through prayer life, vocational awareness, Religious Education lessons, charitable works, Sacramental preparation, we work with you, the parent, and the Parish to make sure children growing in God’s love are prepared to live life to the fullest as Catholics who have an astute understanding of their personal and social responsibility and British Values as faith filled and giving citizens of tomorrow.
At SSMJ, we endeavour to promote an integrated view of RE within the curriculum. In order to provide a comprehensive and systematic study of Christianity we follow Come and See as the core scheme of RE, supplemented with other resources such as The Way, The Truth and The Life, Caritas in Action as appropriate.
Each term, our child's curriculum letter will detail the Religious Education Units being covered in class, based on Diocesan recommended materials from Come and See, Ten Ten and The Way, The Truth and The Life. This supports parents at home when their child is asking searching questions and so that they can complement the academic and spiritual journey the child is engaging with at home.
Wherever possible, we make cross-curricular links with RE themes, so the spiritual life of the children will be enriched by art, music, drama, written work, literature and worship.
Through the parish priest, the children and their families will be encouraged to appreciate, understand and participate in the liturgical cycle and the sacramental life of the church. We have regular assemblies and liturgies in school too, which develop children’s understanding of the liturgical cycle further.
Children are also taught about other faiths and may visit other places of worship as part of their understanding of our diverse society.
By focussing on our aims and implementing them in this way, we are striving for every child to be the best that he/ she can be, following the example of Jesus.
We use the schemes; The Way, The Truth and The Life and Come and See to deliver the RE curriculum.
Here are some websites we use in school to help us deliver RE both in class and through prayer and worship,
Three Minute Retreats- prayer and reflection
Online Stations of the Cross for children -multimedia