Through Religious Education we communicate the beliefs and values which should inspire and unify every aspect of school life and the Curriculum. This gives St Mary's its distinctive nature as a Catholic School. To enhance the religious education that already takes place in the children’s homes and Parish, we teach the 'Come and See' Religious Education Programme within the framework of the Portsmouth Diocese Programme of Study. The children’s experiences are enriched through reading and reflecting upon the Old and New Testaments.
In the 'Come and See' programme links are made with the children’s own experiences and the curriculum is adapted to make it purposeful for our children, always meeting them where they are in their spiritual experience.
RE is taught in all classes and, as required by the Bishops of England and Wales, 10% of curriculum time is allocated to teaching RE. Come and See is an extensive programme which covers a range of challenging themes from EYFS up to Year 6. The topics follow the following format:
At the end of each theme, the children reflect on what they have learnt through class liturgies.Classes also learn about events within our Liturgical Year, relevant Saints and times of particular focus. We also study other World Faiths in order to develop our knowledge and to help promote tolerance and understanding of our friends and neighbours’ beliefs and practice. Every year, children spend three separate weeks learning about these other World Faiths.
We celebrate world faiths and individual diversity. Here is one of our children singing her Hindu daily prayers and photos of her home shrine.
Come and See - Examples of work
Here are our topic letters for the theme of Pentecost.