St. Mary’s aims to help the children to become more aware of their experience of living in the world, and to help them to respond to God’s love. We help them to respond to God in prayer.
Religion is implicit in the whole life of the school and this has contributed to a close bonding of children, all the staff and governors. There is daily prayer and worship in school, in the classroom and at assembly. Mass is celebrated regularly each term and Catholic children are prepared for receiving the Sacraments. This is part of what parents choose for their children in accepting a place at our school; a living and learning community rooted in Gospel values. Parents may exercise their right to withdraw their child from RE but none have chosen to do so.
RE. is taught for at least 10% of the timetable and the children are taught in mixed age classes.
The school has adopted the scheme called The Way the Truth and the Life. KS2 follows a two year rolling programme and KS1 works on a cycle involving delivery by teachers and teaching assistants.
‘The challenge of classroom RE is that of involving the pupils in the two key learning objectives. The first is that of learning about religious realities, the beliefs, practices and behaviour of the faithful. The second is that of learning from those beliefs, practices and behaviour. In our schools those two objectives are obviously directed to and concern Catholic faith and life in all its fullness.’ Archbishop Vincent Nicholls
At St Mary’s the predominant mode of working in RE is class teaching followed by co-operative group work and individual work when appropriate. RE lessons include opportunities for shared prayer, silent prayer, discussion, art, drama, written work, music and reading from scripture.
Class teaching promotes creativity where possible, making good use of ICT and encouraging children to further develop skills they have gained from the core subjects e.g. debates, hot seating, plays.
All teachers are responsible for medium term plans following the scheme of work. In order for pupils to work to the best of their ability and thereby achieve their potential, differentiation is an important aspect of planning. Tasks are set according to ability, children work in ability and mixed ability groups, methods of presentation differ according to ability and work is being extended for children that are more able. Wherever possible pupils with SEN are not withdrawn from RE and support is provided within the classroom where necessary.
Formative assessment includes oral responses, self evaluation and target setting. It points out what is good and what could be improved.
Summative assessment reports on what has been learnt and is set using tasks appropriate to the completed theme using The Way, the Truth and The Life.
AT1 is learning about the Catholic Faith.
AT2 is learning from the Catholic faith.
Staff meet regularly to evaluate topics taught and levels of attainment are reported to the governors on an annual basis. The Subject Leader attends Inset and feeds back to staff. All staff take part in termly moderation of work.