During this unprecedented time, please use some of the ideas from below to further support your child’s learning and spiritual development:
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCCkD-lPpfQXwELdgrJz7uwQ - Continue to check The Parish of St Stephen’s Skipton YouTube channel for live and pre-recorded masses.
http://www.wednesdayword.org/home/childrens - Continue to enjoy our weekly Wednesday Word from home!
https://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/1790/character-education/activity-resources - Additional resources, based on virtues, to help home learning
"Religious Education is concerned not only with intellectual knowledge but also includes emotional and
affective learning...Without religious education, pupils would be deprived of an essential element of their
formation and personal development, which helps them attain a vital harmony between faith and culture."
(Religious Education Curriculum Directory p4)
Throughout St Stephen’s, we aim to:
- present a comprehensive content which engages pupils and is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
- enable pupils continually to deepen their own religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
- present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society;
- raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
- develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their faith to daily life;
- stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
- enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum whilst bringing clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.
‘Religious education is more than just one subject in the curriculum. In Catholic schools it is the core of the “core curriculum”’.
(Pope St. John Paul II, 1988)
- The school uses the current Diocesan scheme 'The Way, the Truth and the Life' as the spine to its RE curriculum.
- This is supplemented by materials linked to Catholic Social Teaching e.g. CAFOD resources/ 'Mission Together' resources to enable pupils to make links to the experiences of other children across the world.
- The curriculum is designed to build the pupils' understanding of key events in the life of Jesus and enable them to retell, question and discuss the messages of the Jesus' teachings on the daily lives of the school, parish and global communities.
- The pupils also develop a broader knowledge and understanding of key Old Testament figures, the life of Mary, Jesus' mother, the lives of Jesus' Apostles and the legacy of the saints of the Catholic Church.
- Due to the current religious denominational make-up of the school, pupils are given opportunities on a day-to-day basis to discuss and study the key elements related to other major world religions at an age related level.
Click below to see our curriculum overview for 2020/21:
“The outcome of excellent Religious Education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life".
(Religious Education Curriculum Directory 2012 p6).
- Religious Education is an integral part of learning and formation.
- An indicator of our success will be the amount of pleasure and knowledge gained by the children from the study of RE and a deepening of their personal knowledge, understanding and response to Christ through their service of others.
- This will support our children to love themselves, love each other and love Jesus Christ so that they are ready when they reach the end of Year 6 to commence the next stage of their life journey.
The Teaching of Other World Faiths
Specific teaching of Other World Faiths happens during two weeks of each school year:
EYFS - Celebrations across the year
St. George (1/2) - Judaism
St. Patrick (2/3) - Islam
St. Andrew (4) - Sikhism
St. David (5) - Hinduism
St. Christopher (6) - Christian Denominations
RE Knowledge Organisers