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RE Curriculum

Our Section 48 (RE) Report graded the school as ‘OUTSTANDING’ in every area –  a report that we are also most proud of.   The diocesan inspectors noted that:

‘This is a school where pupils joyfully live out their mission statement, seeing Jesus as the role model for all that they think, say and do within school so that their lives are a living witness to the Gospel. Pupils participate wholeheartedly in all school activities, are respectful to others and are immensely welcoming. The strong Catholic ethos underpins and permeates every aspect of school life as evidenced daily in the relationships between staff, pupils, parents and governors. There is a strong sense of everyone growing in faith together. Pupils are hugely proud of this exceptional Catholic school and take full advantage of the many opportunities it provides to enable them to develop in their faith.’

RE Curriculum

In Religious Education, St Mary's Catholic Primary School has adopted the scheme of work 'Come and See'.  Religious Education of our pupils not only imparts knowledge as the pupils learn about their Faith, but also deepens their relationship and friendship with God.  This is done through deepening prayer.  Christian Meditation is a daily occurrence at 1pm each day, with the length of meditation decided by the chronological age.  For example, Foundation Stage pupils will meditate for up to four minutes with Year 6 pupils mediating for up to ten minutes.  Throughout this period of profound silence, the mantra 'Maranatha' is repeated silently in the heart.  This word is an ancient Aramaic word meaning, 'Come Lord'.

What are Sacraments?

A sacrament is something that uses signs – usually a combination of words and actions. By interpreting these signs correctly we can find out what the Sacrament is doing for those who receive it. The signs are not just words and actions that have a message for those who are celebrating it;  they give those who receive them a gift. They actually do what they say they are doing. They are effective. This gift (which Catholics call grace) is given by Jesus whom they meet in the Sacrament, to deepen and develop their relationship with him.  Through the Sacraments God helps Catholics grow in friendship with Him. 

Nurturing Human Wholeness

St Mary's have adopted the programme 'Nurturing Human Wholeness' to further enhance the distinctive Catholic nature of our school.  Each week there is a Statement of Belief in which Catholic principles are rooted.  These are supported by and linked to PSHCE objectives, to the work of CAFOD and our RE scheme 'Come and See'.

Each Tuesday every class in turn has the opportunity to lead us in worship through prayers, Scripture and hymns.  It is a chance for our children to create and guide us through our weekly statements.  

On Thursday, Mr Henstridge re-visits the Statement of the Week with the whole school and on Friday, there is an opportunity for children to consolidate the Statement of the Week through their class assembly.

Sacramental Themes

Sacramental Themes in Come and See

In Come and See, a Sacramental theme is studied each term.

Autumn – Belonging ~ born into Christ’s life.

Pupils study Baptism at Key Stage 1. At Key Stage 2 pupils will learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament of Ordination and the Sacrament of Marriage.

Spring – Relating ~ God’s love in our lives ~ Eucharist.

In the Spring term after learning about the local Church community, the Sacrament of the Eucharist is explored. This is the Sacrament of Communion with Christ and the Church. This sacrament is at the heart of Come and See’ since it is at the heart of Christ nourishing his people.

Summer – Inter-relating ~ service to the community ~ Reconciliation.

At Key Stage 1 pupils study the Sacrament of Reconciliation. At Key Stage 2 children will learn about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Themes

'Come and See' is developed through three themes which are gradually explored each time at greater depths.  They are:

  • Community of Faith - Church
  • Celebration in Ritual - Sacraments
  • Way of Life - Christian Living
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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is the trading name of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Academy Trust), Swindon, registered in England and Wales under 07697658, registered office Bessemer Road East, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1PE

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