Statement of Intent
Through our RE curriculum we strive to create a happy, stimulating and safe environment where children know that they are loved and cared for, to help them grow in understanding and acquire the skills and attitudes to develop their own personal values and faith as well as the tools for learning.
We will use the RE curriculum to enable the children to make sense of their world today by comparing the gospel values and how they fit in today’s world. We will teach them to appreciate the joy and beauty to be found in God’s natural creation and to appreciate the creativity of human minds and do our best to prepare them for life in the 21st Century.
Above all we will teach them to know and love God to always be proud and confident to practice their faith, to develop respect and value all faiths. As a 'Rights Respecting School' we believe that every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights of parents to give their children information about this right. ( Article 14)
RE plays a central and vital part in the life of a Catholic school. It includes learning about scripture and sacraments and throughout their school career, children share experiences of reflection and prayer. We have daily worship and prayers either as a whole school or class/year group/key stage. These include Mass, whole school assemblies and hymn practices.
At St Gregory’s we use the RE syllabus "The Way, the Truth and the Life" published by the Catholic Truth Society. The syllabus, Pupil's and Teacher's Books which make up the series, are based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools published by the Bishops' Conference in 1996, and as such fulfil the requirements of the Bishops' Conference for Religious Education in Catholic Schools.
It is a scripture-based scheme, which develops through the different year groups. It has a very clear, thorough and thoughtful approach to the growing Catholic and non-Catholic child. There are detailed points for discussion, additional activities and a variety of supporting resources.