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Religious Education

RE at St Oswald's

Intent

 

We are a Catholic school and we are committed to the Catholic Faith, recognising and

valuing every individual as special and unique in the image and likeness of God.

Religious Education at St. Oswald’s respects and promotes each child’s innate capacity for wonder, awe, reverence and spirituality. Our Religious Education curriculum leads our children to aspire not to have more, but to be more; children are taught about God’s love; they learn about their Christian responsibilities; children are provided with experiences of church, Catholic and Christian traditions, as well as being taught to be respectful and understanding of people and traditions from other faith backgrounds. Through Religious Education our children learn about their unique place within the home, school and parish community.

 

Implementation

 

At St. Oswald’s we follow the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education Programme in line with guidance from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. This programme is followed throughout school from Nursery through to Year 6.

This programme provides:

- Opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection in implicit and explicit ways

- Children with the language of religious experience - a 'literacy' in religious activities, places, stories, symbols and rituals, people and objects

- A 'systematic presentation of Christian event, message and way of life' in ways appropriate to the age and stage of development of the child

- That for its implementation and production it requires the adults involved to understand the underlying theological as well as educational principles

- Appropriate materials about other faiths

- Academic respectability as in other curricular areas – utilising appropriate stages

from the National Curriculum

 

The programme explores the religious dimensions of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with the children's own experience and with universal experience. It will raise questions and provide material for reflection by the children on their own experiences. It will enable them to explore the beliefs, values and way of life of the Catholic tradition and where appropriate other faith traditions.

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Motto

“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”

John 10:10

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