Religious Education at St Peter’s
The basis of our Religious Education curriculum is ‘Come and See’, a Catholic Primary Education Programme for Foundation, Key Stages 1 and 2 which is based on the theological foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and the revised RE Curriculum Directory.
It has been developed to respond to the children of the 21st Century in their journey of faith, giving children the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through scripture and tradition. It also makes clear links with the children’s own experiences to ensure that learning becomes meaningful for our children.
‘Come and See’ is at the core of our RE curriculum at St Peter's. It forms the basis of our lessons and our staff build on this creatively. We encourage the children to make links to their own experiences by ensuring lessons are delivered in the appropriate context which is made meaningful to the children using key driver words. It is important to us that our children see themselves as part of a wider community.
The 'Come and See' Program
All year groups use the ‘Come and See’ program. The programme follows the liturgical year of the Church, where the central theme is the Christian belief in Jesus Christ as the word and Revelation of God.
Links are made with the children’s own experiences and the curriculum is adapted to make it real and meaningful to our children. We teach Religious Education through the process of Explore, Reveal and Respond.
Each new topic begins with a ‘big question’. The big question forms the basis of deep discussion, encouraging the children to think beyond their first response. The big question is displayed in each classroom throughout the theme and revisited regularly. During the ‘Respond’ part of each theme each child will complete their own ‘learning journey’. The learning journey revisits the big question and asks the children to identify some things they know now that they did not know before. Through the delivery of excellent, engaging lessons and with creativity and context at the forefront of teachers planning, children are equipped to provide a more meaningful response than they did at the beginning of the theme.
‘Come and See’ works in such a way that each year group covers the same topic at any one time, but this is broken into themes meaning the children build on their previous learning each year.
As part of ‘Come and See’ each year children will also study two other world religions from Judaism and Islam. Visits to places of worship from other world faiths are arranged to widen the children’s understanding of the rich and diverse world they live in.
These programmes provide opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection through assemblies, Masses and prayer services.
Below, you will find a link to an overview of the progression in concepts in Religious Education - the ‘Theological Stepping Stones’ as covered through the Come and See programme.
Resources for parents
Below are some resources that can help you support your child’s learning in Religious Education. If you would like any further advice on how to help your child, please speak to your child’s teacher who will be pleased to help you.
Come and See Newsletters Information about this term’s programme, to help you to support your child’s religious education at home, may be accessed here.
Prayer Booklet - click here