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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’
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Religious Education

Whole School RE Curriculum Overview

Religious Education at Divine Mercy R.C. Primary School is based on the Gospel values and teachings of the Catholic Church.  We aim to develop a strong awareness of the spiritual dimensions of life amongst our pupils and to equip them with Christian and most importantly Catholic values which will guide them throughout their lives. 

 

Although we teach RE as a discrete subject we firmly believe that RE is the "core of the core". We use "SMSC" and "Building the Kingdom" (BTK) throughout our teaching to ensure we give opportunities to see how God is in everything we do. Click here to view a presentation about SMSC & BTK.

Examples of our RE displays and working walls in the school.

RE Expectation Statement

 

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. However we go beyond 'Come and See' to personalise RE teaching to what our children need and to reflect upon their interests. 

 

Religious Education

Collective Worship

 

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 day to enable each child to ‘reflect’ on their Christian and moral beliefs.

Aims for Collective Acts of Worship include:-
 

  • 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.
 

Collective Worship is a very important part of our school life. We have daily class Collective Worship and weekly school Collective Worships. Collective Worship is generally led by the GIFT Chaplaincy Team and the children have opportunities to plan their own Collective Worships.

 

We hold our weekly joint class masses in our school hall each Wednesday at 11am where the children sit alternately with an older child next to a younger child to build friendships. Mass is led by Fr Rob and everyone is welcome, just come to the school office. You can see the slides we use for mass and the hymns that we sing by clicking here. In the slides we have included pictures that link to our “Come and See” RE scheme of work.  

 

Mr Mitchell, our RE Leader, creates weekly Collective Worship that is specific to our school. It covers a wide variety of topics such as daily Gospel readings, Saints, school prayers and hymns, school Beatitudes… You can see our weekly Collective Worship slides by clicking here. We use consistent images in our Collective Worship to link to the 5W’s. This website is a great place to explore for more information on daily Gospel readings and Saints under the Our Faith section - https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html

 

We use religious art across the whole school to help our children learn. The art is generally introduced through Collective Worship and then displayed in relevant areas in school as well as in our RE Art Gallery located at the entrance to our school hall. This website is a great place to explore about Christian Art - https://www.christianart.today/index.php

 

Singing is a great way to pray, St Augustine of Hippo is credited with “He who sings, prays twice!”. We have school hymns that are linked to our school mass, hymns for topics and our school song (Bruno Mars, “you can count on me” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc6T9iY9SOU) which we use across the whole school to support God’s message of friendship. Our choir is led by Mrs Cameron (a gospel choir singer) and regularly performs both inside and outside school.

CARITAS:

Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of over 160 members who are working at the grassroots in almost every country of the world. Caritas is the helping hand of the Catholic Church – reaching out to the poor, vulnerable and excluded, regardless of race or religion, to build a world based on justice and fraternal love. This website has more information on Caritas - https://www.caritas.org/

 

We start each half term with a Caritas week and teach Caritas lessons, to see what is taught over the year click here. Have a look at this website for more information about Caritas in our local diocese of Salford -  https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/

 

We support Caritas globally and locally through our school beatitudes. We have annual collections for Cornerstones and St Joseph’s penny, have a look at this article for some of our charity work for CAFOD that the children decided to do after an assembly visit from a CAFOD volunteer - https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/38737

CARITAS slides for September 2020 return to school.

Please click the link below to see the relevant RE and Collective Worship policies.
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