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At Holy Family, “Religious Education is a proper subject in its own right in the school’s curriculum.  It is a rigorous academic discipline, and as such it is taught, developed and resourced with the same commitment as any other subject.

 

For those already engaged in the journey of faith Religious Education will be catechesis, and for some children Religious Education will be evangelisation, the first opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel.” (RE Curriculum Directory 1996)

 

At Holy Family the 'Come and See' programme forms the basis of the religious teaching within the school. This programme involves parents who are the first educators of their children.  Class assemblies, Class and School Masses, for the children and their parents, are means used to organise the life and worship of the school and through which we strive to link R.E. to the home in order to form a caring, Christian community.

 

Each term, the following themes are studied through the different topics in each year group

 

  • Church
  • The Sacraments
  • Christian living

 

Theological Foundations

Central to the programme are three basic human questions and three Christian beliefs that are the Church’s response in faith

 

Where do I come from?

Life – Creation

Who am I?

Dignity – Incarnation

Why am I here?

Purpose – Redemption

Autumn

The three autumn themes are developed in the light of an understanding of Creation:

 

  • Family – Domestic Church
  • Belonging – Baptism/Confirmation/Marriage/Vocation
  • Loving – Advent/Christmas

 

Spring

The three spring themes are developed in the light of an understanding of Incarnation:

 

  • Community – Local church
  • Relating – Eucharist
  • Giving – Lent/Easter

 

Summer

The three summer themes are developed in the light of an understanding of Redemption and the work of the Holy Spirit:

 

  • Serving – Pentecost
  • Interrelating – Reconciliation
  • World – Universal Church

 

Other Faiths – The Process

Come and See materials for Other Faiths include background information, resources and teaching materials for two weeks for Foundation to Year 6. 

 

Judaism – Autumn Term

Islam – Summer Term

 

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