Religious Education Curriculum
Our curriculum promotes the dignity and freedom of every person as created in the image and likeness of God and to develop, nurture and deepen each child's faith journey. Through the curriculum teaching and Catholic life, we aim to actively implement our school's mission statement, fulfil the aims of our school and live the gospel of our Blessed Lord. The outcome aims of our Religious Education Curriculum 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.
PROGRAMMES OF STUDY
To fulfil our aims and objectives we use `The Way, the Truth, the Life' (TWTL) programme.
The aim of the programme is to explore the religious dimension of questions about life and dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition.
Links are made with the pupils' own experience and with universal experience.
Current Programme of Study
Teaching of other faiths
In his life on earth Jesus showed a respect for those within and outside his own faith community.
Children today live in a fast changing global world, where communication and travel opens children to diversity and challenge. It is important that we prepare them for this.
The Church calls us to be committed to respecting people from other religions and to recognise that God is at work in them. The Church teaches that, whilst living out our Catholic faith, we are called to dialogue and be ready to learn from those of other faiths, many of whom may, be our neighbours.
Pupils are encouraged not simply to learn facts about other religions but to also reflect upon them and gain insights from them.
At St. Patrick’s, we teach other faiths separately in order to avoid confusion. Comparison can lead to inaccurate teaching and does not do justice to the integrity of each religion. Comparisons may be noted by the pupils, but that will not be the starting point of teaching.
Teaching of Judaism needs special attention because of the intrinsic relationships between Christianity and Judaism - our very roots lie in Judaism. However, while it is important to teach about Jesus' Jewish background this should be taught separately from modern Judaism as a world faith.
At St. Patrick’s, we spend one week each term focusing on one of three major religions: Sikhism in Autumn, Judaism in Spring and Islam in Summer.
For each of the other religions children will learn:
- how members of the different faiths live as a community
- how other faiths worship
The other religions taught at St. Patrick’s are:
Please click the links above for each year group's overview of the topics.