Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
We are a Catholic school and we are committed to the Catholic Faith, recognising and valuing every individual as special and unique in the image and likeness of God.
Religious Education at Holy Cross is embedded within our mission of ‘Buidling relationships with God and each other, working hard in faith and hope to give our best in all things’. Our Religious Education curriculum and our La Sainte Union roots leads our children to aspire not to have more, but to be more; children are taught about God’s love; they learn about their Christian responsibilities; 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 learn about their unique place within the home, school and parish community.
At Holy Cross we follow the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education Programme in line with guidance from the Brentwood Diocese. This programme is followed throughout school from Nursery through to Year 6.
This programme provides:
· opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection in implicit and explicit ways.
· children with the language of religious experience - a 'literacy' in religious activities, places, stories, symbols and rituals, people and objects.
· a 'systematic presentation of Christian event, message and way of life' in ways appropriate to the age and stage of development of the child.
· that for its implementation and production it requires the adults involved to understand the underlying theological as well as educational principles.
· appropriate materials about other faiths.
· academic respectability as in other curricular areas – utilising appropriate stages from the National Curriculum.
The programme explores the religious dimensions of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with the children's own experience and with universal experience. It will raise questions and provide material for reflection by the children on their own experiences. It will enable them to explore the beliefs, values and way of life of the Catholic tradition and where appropriate other faith traditions.
OVERVIEW OF CONTENT
'Come and See' is taught through a series of 9 topics exploring:
Community of faith – Church
Celebration in ritual – Sacraments
Way of life – Christian Living
Other faith traditions are also explored through discreet topics.
The process for delivering the topics in 'Come and See' has three stages - Explore, Reveal and Respond which enable the pupils with the development of knowledge, understanding, skills and the fostering of attitudes.
10% of teaching time is dedicated to the teaching of RE.
Search – Explore (1 week) This is the introduction to the topic where the children's life experience is explored, the questions it raises are wondered at, shared, investigated and their significance reflected on.
Revelation – Reveal (usually 2 weeks) This is the heart of the programme where knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith is revealed through the Word, in Scripture, Tradition, doctrine, prayers, rites and Christian living.
Response – Respond (1 week) This is where the learning is assimilated, celebrated and responded to in daily life. This reflective work is collated in the class Respond scrapbooks which travel up through the school with each class.
OTHER FAITHS and RELIGIONS Judaism, Hinduism, Islam or Sikhism – are also covered throughout the year. Each term a world religion is chosen and is studied across the school.
Ongoing informal assessment against the Standard Indicators and Formal Assessment Tasks are used to inform planning and to identify areas for focus and support. Assessment is moderated internally and externally within cluster meetings.
There is evidence of our clear intent in RE all around our school all around for this, they leave Holy Cross knowing that they have a purpose in the world and a responsibility towards one another. This is reflected in the positive impact they have through their responses to charitable work, their contributions to the liturgy of the school and the parish, and in the reflective work they produce in their RE books. RE is assessed at the school like any other subject, and there are high expectations for the quality of their written work. Evidence of impact in RE is clear through evidence recorded in books and through accurate teacher assessments. Teachers are well trained on how to effectively plan for assessment opportunities and have moderated their judgements through moderation, collaborative working and support from the RE coordinator.