We are a Catholic school and we are committed to the Catholic Faith, where our children are valued as unique – our teachings are ‘Centred In Christ’. Religious Education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel respects and promotes each child’s ability to experience wonder, awe, reverence, and spirituality. Our Religious Education curriculum leads our children to a solid spiritual and moral foundation; children are taught about God’s love; they learn about their Christian duties; children are provided with experiences of church, Catholic and Christian traditions, as well as being taught to be respectful and understanding of people and traditions from other faith backgrounds. Through Religious Education our children grow in awareness of their role within the family, our school, our parish, and society and are sustained by a deepening relationship with God. In the school community we live by the motto: – ‘For with God, nothing is impossible’ Luke 1:37
At Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we follow the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education Programme in line with guidance from Hallam Diocese. This programme is followed throughout school from Reception through to Year 6 which ensures consistency and progress of all learners. We also promote and develop the spirituality of each child through the use of Prayer journaling and collective worship which Key Stage 2 children plan and deliver to their own classes and to our younger children.
Each year group study 9 topics over the course of the year which explore;
• Community of faith – Church
• Celebration in ritual – Sacraments
• Way of life – Christian Living
They will also study 2 other faiths which are Islam and Judaism – the multi-faith units are developmental, building on previous knowledge and experience and taking into account the children’s age and understanding.
• The curriculum hours in RE are non-negotiable and are followed by all staff in the school.
• The Subject Leaders for RE monitor teaching and learning through observations and book scrutinies. Where necessary, staff receive support and training in RE.
• We welcome guest speakers from Catholic charities such as CAFOD and Operation Christmas Child and have visits from the chaplaincy team at our secondary school.
• RE is taught independently, but plays a central role in all areas of school life.
• High quality teaching responds to the needs of children.
• Children are highly engaged in RE lessons through the use of a variety of sources such as religious stories, scripture, religious artwork, songs, music, dance and religious signs and symbols.
• Approaches include whole class teaching, group activities and individual work. Children have opportunities to work individually as well as cooperatively and collaboratively, developing their own knowledge and expertise as well as sharing experiences with others.
• Wherever possible, pupils participate in Mass, feast days, Holy days and collective worship.
• Links are made with our Parish through designated parishioners, School to Parish newsletters and prayer bags.
Children enjoy their RE lessons and are keen to be involved in collective worship, prayer meetings and prayer within the home.
• Through RE, children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents.
• Visitors, which include speakers and parishioners, enrich the lives of the children and provide them with an insight into the wider community.
• Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in RE.
• Children talk enthusiastically about their learning and are eager to share their work and experiences with others in school.
• Spirituality is developed as well as the academic.
• It is clearly evident from the school environment that RE is at the heart of our school, our vision statement states that we are ‘Centred in Christ.’