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Religious Education

 


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:

Autumn term:
Our Church - family.
Baptism and Confirmation - belonging.
Advent and Christmas - loving.

Spring term:
Local Church - community.
Eucharist - relating.
Lent and Easter - giving.

Summer term:
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 2018-2019)

 

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, parents will receive a letter that details what the children will cover and the kinds of things that can be done at home to support children's learning.

 

 

There are many events throughout the academic year that the children and their families can be involved in. These include:

 

  • Mass to celebrate the new school year
  • The Rosary is said every Friday morning during October
  • Harvest Festival
  • Advent Devotions take place every Friday during December to help us prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus at Christmas
  • The Christmas Carol Service at Our Lady's Church
  • The Year 2 children perform the Nativity story at Our Lady's Church
  • Year 1 share a Christmas celebration
  • Reception children also share the birth of Jesus with us through carols and role play
  • Epiphany Mass
  • Stations of the Cross every Friday morning during Lent
  • Easter Mass
  • Rosary which takes place every Friday during the month of May
  • The May Procession and Crowning of Our Lady
  • The Good Shepherd Celebration in the Summer Term
  • End of Year/Leavers Mass where we will celebrate the successes over the past year and the events over the last seven years for our Y6 leavers
  • Reconciliation Services throughout the year, with the opportunity for those who have and those who will be making their First Holy Communion

 

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.

Picture 1 Beginning of the Academic Year Mass
Picture 2 Mass in the school hall
Picture 3 Reading at Education Sunday
Picture 4 Past & present pupils & parents, Education Sunday
Picture 5 Harvest Festival
Picture 6 RE council promotes FairTrade
Picture 7 Supporting CAFOD
Picture 8 Stations of the Cross
Picture 9 Washing the disciples' feet in year 2
Picture 10 Prayer focus
Picture 11 Easter Mass
Picture 12 Reading at Mass
Picture 13 Easter Mass
Picture 14 Responding to Pentecost with music
Picture 15 May Procession
Picture 16 May Procession
Picture 17 May Procession
Picture 18 First Holy Communion Children
Picture 19 RE council meet with staff and governors
Picture 20 Visiting the Hindu Temple
Picture 21 Visiting the Hindu Temple
Picture 22 Life of Christ performance at Wintershall
Picture 23 Life of Christ performance at Wintershall
Picture 24 Life of Christ performance at Wintershall
Picture 25 St Peter and St Paul Mass
Picture 26 End of Year Mass
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