Education today is a complex task, which is made more challenging by rapid social, economic, and cultural changes. Its mission remains the integral formation of the human person. Pupils must be guaranteed the possibility of developing harmoniously their own physical, moral, intellectual and spiritual gifts, and they must also be helped to develop their sense of responsibility, learn the correct use of freedom, and participate actively in social life. The primary purpose of Catholic Religious Education is to come to know and understand God’s revelation which is fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. Our school is a clear educational project of which Christ is the foundation.
The family is ‘the primary, but not the only and exclusive educating community’. Among those who cooperate in the task of education, the Catholic school assists in the delivery of a programme of learning in Religious Education appropriate to the age and particular learning needs of the pupil. The Curriculum Directory below provides a foundation for the classroom curriculum of such a programme.
Religious Educaion should not simply be regarded as one subject among many, but should be the key element in an inter-disciplinary dialogue. The presentation of the Christian message influences the way in which, for example, the origins of the world, the sense of history, the basis of ethical values, the function of religion in culture, the destiny of the human person, and our relationship with nature, are understood. Religious Education in schools underpins, activates, develops and completes the educational and catechetical activity of the whole school.
Religious Education is part of and completed by other forms of the ministry of the word (catechesis, homilies, liturgical celebration, etc.). Participation in worship and prayer assists understanding of learning, as does engagement with ecclesial life and the outreach of the school in works of charity and justice. Experience and knowledge continually interrelate to deepen a pupil’s learning. For this reason classroom Religious Education is a core subject in our school, whilst the wider dimensions of learning through liturgy and outreach are integral to the project of Catholic education. The content of Religious Education will help the pupil to make a critique of all other knowledge, leading, for example, to an understanding of the relationship between science and religion or history, and between theology, sport and the human body.
St Mary's is a Roman Catholic Primary School, which aims to provide a high quality Catholic education for all children who attend the school. It is committed to working in partnership with the Diocese of Salford, the parents of its children and the local community. The Mission Statement of St Mary's is central to the ethos of the school.
We follow the ‘5Ws Framework’ in accordance with the Diocese of Salford. The 5Ws stand for:
As a school, the RE Curriculum is based on the Liturgical Calendar and also the schemes of work recommended by the Diocese of Salford which include: Come and See and The Way, The Truth and the Life. The Come and See scheme is developed through 3 themes: Church, Sacrament and Christian Living. Also, during the year, the children are provided with opportunities to explore other faiths including: Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism.
Caritas in Action
The children at St Mary's are taught SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education) through their learning and with the support of the Caritas in Action document. It is fundamental that all children are to be spiritually, morally, socially and culturally educated. The Caritas in Action document has been produced by the Salford Diocese as a response to Catholic Social Teaching, which calls us all as Catholics to work for the common good, help build a just society, uphold the dignity of human life and work for justice and the dignity of all our brothers and sisters, especially those in the greatest need. Caritas in Action provides a unique and engaging set of teaching and learning opportunities for seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Over a two year cycle, every child in every year group will study each of the seven themes.
Throughout the year, the children participate in Philosophy for Children (P4C) sessions in which they are given the opportunity to explore and discuss various topics. The children also participate in a mindfulness session every week.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum
Please download the documents below to find out more about the SMSC curriculum taught at St Mary's school by year group.
Religious Education - Age-Related Standards (Age 3-19)
The standards are approved for use in Catholic Schools by The Department of Catholic Education and Formation of The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The Standards document presents expectations to be achieved by the end of each of the following age phases: ages 3-5, 5-7, 7-9, 9-11 and 11-14.