Our Lady Queen of Heaven Religious Education Curriculum
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, we believe in a curriculum that underpins and promotes
the school’s culture and aims -
a curriculum for the whole child.
“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person.
And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints….” Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, our school’s curriculum stems from our Mission Statement:
“We are inspired, strengthened and encouraged by our Catholic faith.
We place Jesus at the centre of everything we do and say, listening to Him with our hearts.
We spread love everywhere we go, valuing and caring for each other.
We strive to be the best learners we can, using and celebrating our God given gifts.”
“For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name” Luke 1: 49
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, in Religious Education our definition of progress is the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content, but achieving a depth to their learning that enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the children's thinking to a higher order, deep level of understanding, rather than simply acquiring facts and knowledge. The RE skills progression document clearly displays the progression and skills that the children obtain through their primary education at OLQOH through their RE lessons. Alongside the RE lessons, children also participate in daily Prayer and Liturgy opportunities. This is accessed through whole school, key stage and class platforms. Children are encouraged to participate fully in their worship and are given appropriate levels of support to plan for and evaluate Liturgies through the school.
Alongside the RE lessons and Prayer and Liturgy, children are engaged with the Catholic Life of the school. Christian values and living are shared and celebrated through the use of various reward systems (in class, house points, RE stickers, Merit certificates, WOW postcards home, etc.) and children engage with living out the Gospel values through a variety of charity work. Children are also aware of the need to look after the world as God’s creation and gift to His people, and are able to recognise and talk about the ways we look after our school environment.
Throughout the year, pupils are part of a wide range of activities and events that offer breadth and depth to understanding Catholic Christian living.
In previous years, we have followed the Come and See curriculum for RE lessons at Our Lady's. We are currently in the process of transitioning to the new Religious Education Directory (Published 2023). Currently EYFS, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 6 have moved across to the new curriculum, with Year 2 and Year 4 due to transition in the next academic year.
Through the teaching of the new curriculum, the children will receive a rich and deep understanding of Scripture and improve their Biblical literacy skills.
The curriculum is taught through six branches, each a half term long. These are:
To the ends of the earth
Dialogue and encounter
Christ is very much at the heart of the new curriculum and all children are invited to know Him more deeply and are encouraged to do so through a range of activities in their RE lesson that include using Literacy skills, art, drama and outdoor learning. During the final branch, each year group will have an opportunity to learn about a range of other Faiths and are encouraged to gain first-hand experiences, ask questions and share their own knowledge and understanding.
The full Religious Education Directory is available for download from the following source: https://www.catholiceducation.org.uk/schools/religious-education/item/1000034-religious-education-curriculum-directory
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development) / PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)
Within the curriculum, learners’ spiritual, social, moral and cultural needs are addressed across the range of subjects taught. At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, learners are reflective about their own beliefs or religions and use their understanding to inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values. Learners continuously discuss and develop their awareness and understanding of reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of those around them.
Celebrations are a key within the school community and learners are keen to involve themselves in national celebrations, raising awareness and monies for charities helping them to contribute positively to life in school, the local community and on occasions the global community. Learners understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of the school community around them. There is a willingness from all learners to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities that are offered.
RELATIONSHIPS AND SEX EDUCATION
Department of Education 2019
A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum", Catholic Education Service
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Relationships and Sex Education is taught through a whole school policy and the scheme ‘Journey in Love’ and the use of Ten:Ten Resources as recommended by the Diocese. Where possible, it is integrated into other areas of the curriculum such as religious education, science and SMSC. It is always taught within the context of the church’s teaching on sexual relationships. Parents are given the opportunity to discuss what their child will be learning so that they can support their child’s work at home. Any questions that children ask are answered sensitively and in a caring manner. Lessons and resources are always chosen to suit to the age of the children.