Aims and Objectives
Our school vision – ‘We live and learn by journeying with Jesus for the greater glory of God’.
At St Mary’s; we believe that our faith is at the centre of all we do and as such the catholic life and our daily worship is an integral and special part of our daily life. Our Religious Education (RE) curriculum works alongside the catholic life and collective worship elements in order to develop the children’s’ love and understanding of the catholic faith. We believe that our Religious Education lessons enable children to grow a deeper understanding of our faith and beliefs and enable them to build a better relationship with God and others because by learning and journeying with Jesus we can come to see how we can follow in his footsteps.
‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you’ Psalm 32:8
The aims/objectives of teaching Religious Education at St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy are: –
- that our children come to know God and build a relationship with him through prayer, community and learning.
- to reveal the love of God to each child.
- to gain an understanding of the liturgical year through learning about the churches’ main feasts and festivals, especially those linked to Mary, our patron saint and role-model.
- to be able to talk about, describe and retell (and in KS2 make links) some of the key Bible stories.
- to learn how to grow in the Gospel values of love, compassion, forgiveness, hope, support, humility, justice, integrity, simplicity and non-violence by focusing on what we learn in our religious education studies and how we can apply these gospel values to everyday situations.
- to have the opportunity to study scripture, learn about different ways to pray and enjoy discovering how singing hymns, liturgical dance and times of silence can all be a form of praise and worship and allow us space and time to develop our relationship with God.
- to provide children with opportunities to reflect and renew.
- to help children develop a sense of self and to aspire to be the best person they can be and to celebrate their God given talents and uniqueness.
- to grow in knowledge and understanding of the Sacraments.
- to understand and be respectful of their own and others beliefs and values and to develop positive attitudes to all.
- to learn about other faiths such as Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam.