What is RE?

RE is the core subject which is central to the life of the Catholic school. It is about the Christian vision of the human person. Religious education is the systematic study of:

– The mystery of God, as discovered through the bible and particularly though the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

– The teachings of the Church

– The lives of the saints

– The relationship between faith and life.

Religious education also includes the teaching of other world faiths and learning about the symbols, actions and traditions of these faiths.

Why is it important to learn about RE?

Religious education plays a central and vital part in the life of our school. The beliefs and values studied in religious education inspire and draw together every aspect of the life of a catholic school. Religious education contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging and has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. Also, it enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.

How is RE taught at St. John’s?

At St. John’s all RE teaching is based on the Curriculum Directory for Religious Education and we follow the ‘Come and See’ programme. 10% of curriculum teaching time is spent on religious education and it is taught discretely and developmentally. Each term the pupils will cover three themes: Church traditions, Sacraments and Christian living. Each theme is returned to over the year and explored each time at greater depth.

At St. John’s teaching focuses on the understanding of key theological ideas and their application to life. Ample opportunities are offered for children to apply and use their knowledge and skills in cross-curricular studies to deepen their understanding of religious truths and think creatively. We provide rich resources for children to be immersed in their learning and regularly provide opportunities for children to meet with and learn from our local priests as well as ministers from other religions during our focus weeks on other world faiths.

How you can support your child at home with RE?

Encourage them to reflect on their own and others behaviours by relating them to Jesus’ teachings. Talk to your child about what happens/ what they see when they visit churches and places of worship. Encourage them to ask deeper questions that explore their understanding of their own faith

Useful websites to support your child’s RE teaching at home:

http://www.cafod.org.uk
http://www.catholicparents.org/contact.html 
http://catholic-kids.com/ 
http://www.reonline.org.uk/learning/

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