Religious Education at Holy Family Catholic Primary School
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 Holy Family 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, about their Christian responsibilities and are provided with experiences of church, Catholic and Christian traditions. They are also 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.
As part of our learning and understanding, we have special celebration days throughout the year that we love to celebrate and share with the whole community..
At Holy Family, we follow the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education Programme in line with guidance from the Southwark Archdiocese, and as such, is separately inspected with a section 48 report. This curriculum is followed throughout school from EYFS 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.
- appropriate materials about other faiths.
- academic respectability as in other curricular areas – utilising appropriate stages from the National Curriculum.
Lessons using ‘Come and See’ explore 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. They raise questions and provide material for reflection by the children on their own experiences. Learners will be enabled to explore the beliefs, values and way of life of the Catholic tradition and will be encouraged to foster an understanding and tolerance of the beliefs and traditions of other faiths
We enjoy it when father Desmond comes and visits our classes
Here are some of the amazing things we have been covering this year.
Year 6 led us with a lovely Liturgy to start the school year.
Year 5 then led our Harvest Festival.
Thank you to all the families who sent in contributions for the Food Bank, it was gratefully received.
Year 4 have led our All Saints Day Mass
Which was celebrated by Father Liam from St Francis Parish. Members of the Parish joined us for this Mass.
We have a new display in the school hall which we will be adding to as the Church Year progresses, for example All Saints, Advent and Christmas will be added to the signposts as these events occur.
We look forward to seeing this display change through the year.
Our journey so far!