St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School
Religious Education Policy
At St. Winifred’s Catholic Primary School, we believe Religious Education (hereafter RE) to be the
‘core of the core curriculum’. It is not to be seen as one subject among many, but the foundation of the whole educational process. Children learn about God’s unbounding love for them. We believe the values Christ imparted, which we endeavour to follow and teach, will help the children to lead more fulfilled and happier lives. Such an approach will help the children in their spiritual, emotional and intellectual well-being and help to provide a foundation for true moral values and a sense of justice.
Our mission statement highlights the school’s role in providing a synthesis of faith and culture. We hope that God is experienced as reality in the school and Christ’s gospel comes to life.
As a Right Respecting School, we strive to respect the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (article 14): every child has the right to think and believe and practise their religion and to respect other people from enjoying their rights. We foster love for each other through the teachings in the Gospel and we learn to respect how other faiths worship God.
Learning objectives and intentions
By following ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ the teaching of RE will:
- encompass the formation of the individual responding to God’s action in his/her life,
- encompass instruction into the truths of our faith,
- focus on revelation.
‘A Catholic School which promotes the best possible teaching of religious education is fulfilling its true purpose.’
Bishops’ Statement Jan 2000
The elements of RE will be reinforced through:
- scripture, saints and feast days
- liturgy ( including the format of the mass with the parish priest and liaison with the First Holy Communion catchiest)
- moral values (refer also to policies on PSHE, SRE, Bullying, Inclusion, Race Equality, Gifted and talented, collective worship).
We strive to:
- help the children establish a personal, living relationship with Jesus and the Father;
- provide an ethos within the school that enhances the spiritual and religious life of the children.
- nurture in our children the same convictions and values that animated Jesus as he proclaimed the Father’s kingdom;
- provide opportunities which promote children’s innate capacity for awe, wonder, joy, reverence, imagination and sense of ritual;
- develop ways of leading our children to be reflective, open and enquiring;
- encourage in our children a recognition of their own value and importance as individual regardless of gender, ability, ethnic origin, and respect the uniqueness of others in their lives;
- prepare our children for life in a multi-racial community and actively to promote tolerance, understanding and harmony among all ethnic groups whether Christian or non- Christian.
- assess the progress of the children so that our teaching can adjust to their needs.
At St. Winifred’s, we endeavour to implement our learning objectives within the context of
- Home – parents are the first educators of the faith of their children.
We seek to support and develop the primary task of parents who are the first teachers of their children in the way of the faith.
Governors, priests and parishioners are invited to support and come together to celebrate the experience of the children as they move through each stage of their catholic education.
RE will be taught in the light of the church’s liturgical year and takes into consideration the fact that growth in faith is related to the children’s age, mental, psychological and emotional development.
RE should be taught for approximately 2 hours per week.
The children are grouped according to age in mixed ability classes. Their religious experience and background vary considerably. The governors strive to appoint Catholic staff (non- Catholic staff will receive any necessary support) so their example and instruction can bring the life of Christ into every aspect of school life.
Provision for the Spiritual Development and Prayers
Through the teaching of religion, teachers will provide opportunities for the spiritual development of the children. They will extend opportunities for prayer in a variety of forms of adoration, thanksgiving, intercession, meditation, as well as learning formal prayers. Children will learn about the person of Christ through reading the Gospels. Children will be encouraged to explore their relationship with God through their senses (e.g. use of music) and the prayer areas in classrooms. Children will be given opportunities to experience the traditions of the church in each of the liturgical seasons attending Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The children will be taught about and encouraged to celebrate the sacraments.
- Each class has a reflection and prayer area.
- Children are encouraged to sit and pray in the Peace Garden.
- Children’s own prayers are shared in assemblies and special prayer promises are displayed in Advent and Lent.
Organisation and Methodology
Please see 2014-2020 plan in the curriculum teachers shared area- RE. ( see attached )
Class teachers are expected to timetable RE lessons each week. This can be done as a block or organised flexibly within the week.
To provide a broader approach to multi-faith teaching, the whole school will focus on a non -Christian faith each year and, to acknowledge that Jesus was a Jew, Judaism will also be studied each year.
The children will explore history of religion, historical figures, festivals, religious ceremonies and rites of passage. This will encourage empathy and respect within a multi-faith society and ( see attached )
‘address the need to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people from different racial groups’ The Commission For Racial Equality, Guide for schools
Each class should have a prominent area of the classroom where RE is clearly identified. The display should show the term’s RE topic’s key words and multi-faith religion or themes of the liturgical year.
There must be an accessible area for individual reflection containing a candle and prayer box.
Curriculum and planning
Medium term RE plans, showing learning objectives and clear differentiation, are available for teachers on the curriculum teachers shared area- RE. Class teachers are expected to share and discuss plans and use in year group planning meetings and build in assessment opportunities. Medium term plans are saved in each individual class planning folders on the teachers shared area.
Parents are informed of RE topics each term in class newsletters.
Record Keeping and Assessment
All RE work should be:
- of the highest standard demonstrating a range of teaching and learning activities.
- marked regularly in accordance with the school’s marking policy.
RE is not to be marked as a piece of Literacy: key words may be highlighted; the main focus should be on pupil engagement and response to the key learning objectives.
Teachers should pose challenging questions to extend pupil’s thinking and probe greater understanding.
Assessment happens all the time and is integrated into teaching and learning. Teachers are supported in their summative assessment of the children through the use of TWTL.
Formal teacher assessment is carried out termly and in line with The Education Commission guidelines. Children’s knowledge and understanding is levelled as being ‘on the way to meeting’, ‘met’, ‘greater depth’ in RE on the tracker sheet which is to be found at the front of each child’s RE book (yr1-6). These are shared with the RE coordinators and SLT.
End of year attainment is agreed, recorded and updated by the RE coordinators for tracking purposes.
Any member of staff seeking support in the teaching of RE is given the opportunity to attend suitable courses when they become available. This is arranged with the RE and INSET coordinators. NQTs should attend special INSET provided by The Education Commission . RE coordinator will model RE lessons for inexperienced colleagues. The RE coordinator and Head teacher will arrange regular INSET including staff meetings.
The Role of the RE Coordinator
- To oversee and develop the RE policy within the school and review it every
- To oversee the teaching and learning of RE across the school: conduct learning walks, oversee assessment of RE, working with the SLT to monitor RE work through regular sampling of work, observing displays and lessons. (see attached)
- To lead and organise INSET in RE and worship
- Organise whole school liturgies and liaise with the Parish Priest.
- To lead and support staff through good practice and team teaching.
- To be responsible for resources.
- To keep informed of new ideas and changes in RE curriculum with the School Development Plan and to attend coordinator meetings at the Education Commission.
- Meet and share good practice with coordinators in the Lee Cluster.
All planning and assessment materials can be found on the curriculum teachers shared area> shared RE
In each classroom there should be:
TWTL children’s text books (appropriate to the age of the class), God’s Story, Bibles (including Children’s bibles, Graphic Bible) age appropriate story books, cloths in liturgical colours (green, purple, red, white). Key words for the current RE topic should be visible.
A focal area for prayer containing items to stimulate quiet reflection eg Candle, rosary beads in Oct/May, hand held crucifix, class prayer book/box
A worry box may be placed in another part of the classroom.
RE resource area (Cupboard in the hall)
A class set of Good News Bibles for the use of yr 5/6 classes
Liturgical coloured cloths/runners- to go on the class display
green=ordinary time, purple=Lent/Advent, White=Easter/Feast days, red=Pentecost
Advent wreaths and candles, rosary beads and other appropriate items which will be distributed by the coordinator.
Harvest festival resources.
Hymn books and music for worship with singing
Topic books posters, DVDs
Artefacts boxes for Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Christian Initiation, Lent/Easter
A2 Prayer posters kept in a plan chest, Multi -faith posters kept in a plan chest (outside the main hall)
There are several hyper-links to www.tere.org on the medium term plans for teachers to use in their lessons. All new TWTL (2016 onwards) come with power point presentations and are found in the shared RE folder. Other PPT resources made by the coordinators can be found here also.
CAFOD web site, www.cafod.org.uk links LGFL web site.
It is desirable for class teachers to arrange RE visits to places of worship once a year. The RE coordinators will liaise with staff and religious leaders in the local community.
- Judaism = Catford and Bromley united Synagogue, Jewish museum, Camden
- Hinduism = Sivan Kovil Temple, Lewisham
- Islam = Lewisham Islamic Centre, Lewisham
- Sikhism = The Gurdwara Sahib, Woolwich
- Buddhism = London Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, Lambeth
Policy On Collective Worship
Introduction: The Law
St Winifred’s recognises the legal requirements for collective worship and provides collective worship in accordance with the law (DFES Circular 1/94). St Augustine’s regards collective worship to be of benefit to the whole community.
In accordance with the Law:
- There will be an act of collective worship every day in which each pupil can participate. (From Foundation Stage to Y6)
- Collective worship may take place at any time of the school day.
- Schools may decide on the age or grouping of pupils and these may vary from day to day.
- It should generally take place on school premises. However, schools with a religious character may have collective worship in Church on any particular day.
- All pupils are required to attend unless their parents have contacted the Headteacher and agreed that they want their child withdrawn.
- Teachers may withdraw from Collective worship.
- Collective worship will be “wholly or mainly of a broad Christian Character, reflecting the broad traditions of the Christian belief”.
- The content should always have regard for the family backgrounds, ages and aptitudes of pupils.
- The responsibility for managing the provision of collective worship is with the head teacher after consultation with the governing body.
Purposes and Aims of Collective Worship in St Winifred’s:
- To ensure all children attending the school have the opportunity to worship as a collective body with staff and as individuals.
- To celebrate God’s word through prayer and a caring attitude to each other, based on the gospel values of faith, hope, love and forgiveness.
- To celebrate and affirm the values and ethos of our school: Everyone should feel included, valued, listened to and able to contribute with confidence. To develop a sense of belonging to the school and Parish Community.
- To develop an understanding of the different forms of worship and to support the work of the family at home, by helping children learn how to pray and develop spiritually in line with our Mission Statement.
- To encourage pupils to become aware of the universal principles of right and wrong, justice and fairness and to be concerned for others and the world – to encourage them to be effective world citizens.
|Head Teacher and SLT
Places of Worship:
|EYFS||KS1||Lower KS2||Upper KS2|
|MONDAY||Head teacher led (whole school)|
|TUESDAY||Adult led in class||Teacher led PSHE/ RRS assembly|
|Child led worship in class|
|WEDNESDAY||Adult led in class||Teacher led in the Hall|
|THURSDAY||Adult led in class||Child led worship in class|
|FRIDAY||Adult led in class||Head teacher led (Wednesday word)|
|Worship with singing|
At the beginning of each term, The Head/ RE coordinators organise a timetable of worship on a theme.
Children’s Participation: Every opportunity is made to include children in preparing for and participating in worship. From yr2-6, class teachers organise their pupils into groups who prepare worship in class each week. Pupils are given time to write prayers to be shared each day.
Assemblies: At the beginning of each Term, the SLT meet to plan the content of assemblies.
Teachers follow the termly plan which has a theme. They use the Bible as the core though other spiritual materials can be used. Teachers make use of CAFOD planning resources, and encourage pupils to participate reinforcing Gospel values and school rules, celebrating individual achievement both in and out of school.
UNCRC awareness SEAL themes, CAFOD, Saints, Famous people Bible stories – parables/miracles, Liturgical Calendar . Also good work assembly for celebrating the successes and achievements all children. Structured to include both the academic curriculum and Religious Education.
Class based act of Worship
Each class has a prominent prayer area, decorated with liturgical coloured cloths, and, prayer box/book, The Bible etc.
Prayers are said throughout the day ( formal, and those written by the children) at the start of the day, before Lunch, At the end of the day and during RE lesson. Candles are lit and prayer from the prayer box are shared. Liturgy, story, Drama or Music are prepared in class by the children using CAFOD planning materials.
Each year the Head/RE coordinators liaise with parish priest a timetable of liturgies and formal masses throughout the school year.
The Music coordinators also plan with RE coordinators so that pupils are involved with performing and singing.
Masses are prepared by the pupils line with Liturgy of the day/ feast days. Pupils are given time prior to the liturgy to prepare hymns, Gloria, Alleluia, bidding prayers, offertory procession, and the readings. Children have access to printed mass booklets to learn responses.
These follow the Liturgical year. Staff prepare collaboratively. Children form their liturgy through, prayer, music, drama, dance and good works.
Parents are invited and depending on the liturgy are sometimes asked to help with preparations at home – learning lines, providing costumes etc.
The Parish Priest is present and depending on the service will usually lead the liturgy for holy Day of Obligation and themed Masses throughout the year.
Pupils who have been trained in any of the parish churches may serve during mass and a rota is kept to ensure fairness.
Children learn how to pray and Teacher’s encourage the children to develop their own spirituality. Prayers are used within RE lessons.
The Way, The Truth, The Life Scheme is supplemented with additional teaching through Bible stories, RRS work, teaching of world issues through organisations such as CAFOD.
Prayer focus area
This is focal point of every class and must be accessible to all pupils. It should contain a candle, a prayer box and provide some stimulation for reflection (picture, poem, rosary, crucifix, flowers etc.) The children leading class based act of worship during the week may dress the focal area or make a new focal area for their act of worship.
These are shared daily at beginning and end of day and Grace before meals. (see attached)
Resources: Liturgical coloured cloths for each class (to show the season of the church) are distributed by the coordinator when necessary. Altar cloths, cruets, chalice and paten and candles are kept in a mass box: in the RE resources in the hall.
Through worship we aim to .join the work of home and parish in developing the Spirituality of the children and to develop the concept of worship as an integral part of School life.
We also aim to develop an understanding of different forms of worship and to reflect the multicultural nature of our children in various acts of worship.
Key Liturgies and Masses:
|New school year liturgy
Mass for Feast of St Winifred
Service of Remembrance
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Penitential liturgy + reconciliation
Ascension of Jesus
Mass celebrating First Holy Communion
Ways in which we provide opportunity for different forms of worship:
*Careful preparation of and involvement in class and school masses.
*Special liturgical services to celebrate feasts of the Church’s year.
* Classroom Worship supported by focal areas where the children can reflect and pray.
Acts of worship provide children and adults with opportunities to:-
– gain a deeper knowledge of God;
– appreciate their own talents and to respect the talents of others;
– join together in a prayerful atmosphere with other children;
– experience the wider worshipping Community of the St Winifred’s School.
Review Date 2019
This is our school.
May all live happily together.
May our school be full of joy.
May love dwell among us every day;
Love of one another, love of all people everywhere, love of life itself and love of God.
Let us remember that,
as many hands build a house,
so every child can make this school a happy place.
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
Full of grace, the Lord be with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
For each decade
10 Hail Marys
1 Glory Be
Our Father (comes at the end)
Glory Be to the father and the son and the holy spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: world without end.
Act of Contrition
O my God, because you are so good, I am sorry that I have sinned against you. And with you help I will try not to sin again.
Prayer at the end of the day
At the end of the day
We come to say
Thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family
And all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night
And in the morning
Send your light.
Prayer for lunchtime
Bless us o Lord
As we sit together
Bless the food we eat today.
Bless the hands that make our food.
Bless us o Lord
I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
Then they continue:
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Eternal Rest grant unto them o Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.
Apostles’ Creed (yr5/6)
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.