Religious Education is at the centre of all we do, here at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School. It can be seen throughout our school, not just in our RE lessons, but through Collective Worship, our links with our local parish and our behaviour towards one another.
RE is a core subject and, in line with the Bishops' Conference recommendations, 10% of teaching time is allocated to RE.
The school, like all of those in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, uses the "Come and See" programme. It is a well structured resource providing Biblical readings, focus questions and spiritual opportunities.
"Come and See" allows children to explore the religious aspects of life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Children reflect on personal experiences and links are made with Catholic and non-Catholic faith traditions.
Over the academic year, two other faiths are taught, during the Autumn term we looked at Judaism and during the Summer term will be immersing ourselves in Islam.
A variety of teaching methods and resources are used, including stories from the Bible, songs and hymns, role play, liturgical dance, creative activities, film clips and discussion.
The children cover three themes each term and 63 topics in total from Reception through to Year 6.
The themes are:
Our church - family.
Baptism and confirmation - belonging.
Advent and Christmas - loving.
Local church - community.
Eucharist - relating.
Lent and Easter - giving.
Pentecost - serving.
Reconciliation - inter-relating.
Universal church - world.
In order for the children to cover all topics across their time at OLQOH, we alternate the topics over a two year cycle for the split year groups (currently in key stage 2 for the academic year 2017-2018)
You can see more detail about each topic on the RE Curriculum Programme document below. All of the topics are rooted in the children's own experiences in life, our teachers then extend the learning further through reflection and purposeful activity. We look at Scripture passages that match the topic being covered and unpick the meaning and how we can use this Scripture to enhance our lives and help us to be better Christians.
Each term you will receive a letter that details what the children will cover and the kinds of things you can do at home to support your child.
There are many events throughout the academic year that the children and their families can be involved in. These include:
We do hope you will be involved in as many of these events throughout the year as possible. If you would like anymore information on these events please contact Mrs Kluge, the RE Coordinator.