Mass will take place in the hall at 11 am once a term for the children of Key Stage 2
Wednesday Word takes place each Wednesday with Fr. Joseph .
He spends half an hour with the children discussing the Gospel story and meaning with the children.
This is the resource/website our teachers use to supplement their planning. Please click on the link to view what we teach the chidlren.
It is necessary that RE in schools is regarded as an academic discipline which has the same systematic demands and the same rigour as other disciplines. It must present the Christian message and the Christian event with the same seriousness and the same depth with which other disciplines present their knowledge. However it should not simply be regarded as one subject among many , but rather it should be engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue. RE in schools underpins, activates, develops and completes the educational and Cathechetical activity of the whole school.
Religious Education Curriculum Directory 2012
In the Divine Mercy RC Primary we follow the 'Come and See' scheme of work , which is linked to the RECD.
Father George introduced the Chaplaincy Team in January 2012.
- The aims are:
- To support the school in emphasising its spirituality and Catholicity as set out in the school’s mission statement;
- To support and encourage the school’s pastoral care for the whole school, pupils, staff and parents;
- To promote, plan and organise the celebration of liturgies and co-operate with others in developing the school as a Christian community;
- To assist in developing an awareness amongst potential school leavers about the provisions of chaplaincy at institutions of higher and further education
Every Wednesday, we hold Place 2 Pray for children from years 3-6, in our classrooms where we gain a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. It is such a happy and joyful atmosphere where the children can relax and be themselves whilst listening to the word of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to work powerfully in their lives. The children love attending this prayer club and contribute so much to it through the unique gifts and talents that they have. A variety of prayerful activities are on offer including Praise and Worship, Gospel reading with discussion and role play from the Wednesday Word.
Each class is timetabled to attend the Wednesday word sessions to enrich their lives with the Word of God
Our School Prayer Club was officially named "Place 2 Pray" following a Marist Retreat that we attended in February 2012. It has now evolved and is known to the children as the 'Wednesday Word' club
Why don't you join us on Wednesday, 12:00-12:30 pm. You are so welcome.
We believe that Christian worship in The Divine Mercy Catholic school names and celebrates God's presence in our lives. It is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God's invitation to enter into relationship, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit.
Prayers are held each morning to enable each child to ‘reflect’ on their Christian and morale beliefs.
Whole school assemblies are held each Monday afternoon for Key Stage 2 and each Tuesday for Key Stage 1, both of which begin with a Collective Act of Worship we also recognise and congratulate children’s success in their weekly work and activities, and identify individual talents. Collective worship for the EYFS will take place in the EYFS and will be led by Mr Mitchell.
Whole class Collective Worship takes place daily either first thing in the morning or straight after Lunch. Children in Key stage 2 take turns to plan and lead some of these worships along with the class teacher.
Aims for Collective Acts of Worship such as to:-
- Contemplate something of the mystery of God
- Reflect on spiritual and moral issues
- Explore their own beliefs.
- Respond to and celebrate life
- Experience a sense of belonging and develop community spirit
- Develop a common ethos and shared values
- Enrich religious experience
- Grow in liturgical understanding and development.
- Reinforce prayers which are part of the Catholic tradition
- Reinforce positive attitudes.
- To participate fully.
- To take time out 'to wonder at', 'to come to terms with' and 'to give worth to.'
We believe that Collective Worship in our school aims to provide opportunity for all pupils and staff to experience the above
On days when assemblies are not conducted, prayer is carried at the beginning of the day, before lunch and at the end of the day.
Pope Francis I
On Wednesday 13th March 2013, our new Pope was elected due to Pope Benedict XVI resigning. Pope Francis the 1st was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17th December 1936. The papal conclave elected him and chose the papal name Francis in honour of St Francis of Assisi. He is the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. He is Bishop of Rome, the head of the worldwide Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.
Did you know, that Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, of Italien descent, and worked briefly as a chemical technician before starting at seminary school. He was ordained in 1969. From 1973-1979 he was Argentina’s Provincial superior of the Society of Jesus, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created cardinal in 2001.
Throughout his life, both as an individual and also as a religious leader, he has been known for his humility, his concern for the poor and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs and faiths.
The 5 W's
Welcome – Come together in welcome.
Word – Talk together as a word of God’s community.
Witness – We look at our School mission statement and work together as a witness community.
Welfare – Walk together as a welfare community.
Worship – We pray together as a worship community.
Whole School Approach
We are all welcome in God’s name, as God’s children;
We actively reach out as a witness to the God of Welcome, promoting partnerships and trust between, and access the celebration of diverse communities;
We strive for inclusion – the diversity of students and staff is celebrated and this promotes mutual respect, builds sell esteem, and builds a sense of community – keeping in mind the kingdom of God;
The values values, policies and processes we share are inherent in the pastoral care of our students and staff and provide clear evidence of the quality of the schools welcome to everyone.
Whole School Approach
Religious Studies is the foundation of our school and its principles maintained across the curriculum and life of the school;
Inspired by the Word of God, our school community live in the service of each other in their daily lives;
Leaders share commitment and enthusiasm for Religious Studies within the curriculum;
The teaching and learning in Religious Studies is a main focus for the school and appropriately resourced;
Witness to the Word of God in action in the daily lives of each member of the community – the values of scripture guiding its relationships and behaviour;
All students receive their entitlement to be spiritually, morally, socially and culturally educated across the entire curriculum and lived experience of the school community;
The achievement and standards of learning of students in Religious Studies is the main focus for leadership;
Encouragement of all students to engage with the ‘Big Questions’ in life through higher order questioning and thinking;
Celebrating the Word of God in worship and liturgy.
Whole School Approach
Worship opportunities for students throughout the school (prayer, reflection, liturgies) including small groups, year groups and the whole school – which are appropriate to their backgrounds and faith experiences;
The development of opportunities for students to worship according to their intellectual and life experience needs and stages of faith development;
Worshipping opportunities promote a strong community sense of service for each other;
Inclusive worship helps students to grow in confidence in prayer and develop a relationship with God.
Whole School Approach
Giving witness to a loving God who is the centre and way of life for all;
Recognising that God is with us in every aspect of school life;
Adults who see and express their roles in school as co-creators with God and as part of the redemptive activity of Christ in all aspects of school life;
Adults and students witnessing to the Mission Statement of St. Joseph’s informs everything and explicit in policies and the lived experience of the whole community;
Adults as role models of the school’s mission and values and as key promoters of the ethos of the school for ths students and the school community’s witness to the wider community;
Witnessing to the values of the Gospel such as reconciliation, compassion, justice, liberation, service, stewardship in every aspect of school life and in policies at all levels.
Whole School Approach
Service to and reverence for the dignity of the individual as a child of God;
Enabling every student and adult to ‘have life to the full’;
Cultivating an attitude of respect for each other among the whole community.
Please click the link below to see the relevant RE and Collective Worship policies.