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Religious Education

Christ the King Mission Statement

Christ the King Catholic Primary School provides an excellent, Christ-centred education through inspirational teaching and empowerment of all pupils to reach their full potential spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially and morally, in a happy, caring, stimulating environment promoting self - esteem and confidence.

At Christ the King Primary Catholic School, we follow the Learning and Growing as People of God strategy which is provided by the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  Through the RE Curriculum and Sacramental preparation, the children in Year 3 prepare for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and Year 6 for their Confirmation.  This enables the children to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of their faith.  The children are very well supported by the Parish Priest, Father Tom and the Deacons at Christ the King.

 

The children participate in weekly Mass on a rota basis and Year 6 read regularly at 9.00am Mass on Sundays.  We have a good number of children who serve on the altar and sing in the choir.  We have a wonderful Carol Service during the last week of the Autumn Term and the children attend weekly Benediction during Advent and the Stations of The Cross during Lent which Year 6 lead.  We have found that this has had a most positive impact on our children, staff and families. 

 rE at CTK

 

Overview of Curriculum

Intent, Implementation and Impact

Christ the King Catholic Primary School provides an excellent, Christ centred education though inspirational teaching and empowerment of all pupils to reach their full potential spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially and morally, in a happy, caring, stimulating environment promoting self-esteem and confidence.

Past and Present
Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society. Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class. Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

People, Culture and Communities
Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps. Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class. Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and (when appropriate) maps.

The Natural World
Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.
Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.

Intent
At Christ the King Catholic Primary School, we believe that Christ is at the very centre of all that we do.  We aim to support the children in their development of their faith, to develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and to have a greater awareness and respect for all of God's creatures and the world around them.  We aim to see our mission and vision embedded across the curriculum.

It is our intention at Christ the King to deliver stimulating, inspiring lessons which prepare our young people to find their place in the world and have a good understanding of that world.  That each child feels that they belong to our school community and not feel excluded because they are not Catholic.

Through the committed use of the Archdiocese of Birmingham strategy for Religious Education, 'Learning and Growing as the People of God' we plan for outstanding knowledge and understanding which supports excellent progress.

Our intentions fall in line with our Motto, 'Learning, growing, praying together with Christ our King.'

Implementation
The strategy forms the basis of our curriculum and is taught to the doctrine of the Catholic Church.  Lessons are focused on providing the children with a knowledge of the Catholic faith and leading them to an understanding of the significance of religion in their own lives.  They are encouraged from EYFS to give a variety of responses to what they have learned and to look at their own development as Christians by reflecting on their relationship with others and God.

Staff pay close attention to the Standards for Primary Religious Education when planning high standard lessons throughout the school.  AT1 considers Knowledge and Understanding, (learning about), AT2 looks at Engagement and Response, (learning from) and AT3, Analysis and Evaluation for KS2.

In EYFS and KS1,learning outcomes are referenced to Christianity with dipping into one other religion.

  • Nursery - Diwali Festival
  • Reception - Chinese New Year Festival
  • Year 1 - Holi Festival
  • Year 2 - Buddhism 
  • Year 3 - Judaism
  • Year 4 - Hinduism
  • Year 5 - Sikhism
  • Year 6 - Islam

The teaching of RE is closely linked and is reflected in the Catholic Life of our school.  Each day begins with a prayer, KS2 recite the Angelus each day before lunch at midday, we thank God for the food we have eaten and for the people who have got the food to us after lunch and end our day with a prayer of thanksgiving for our day.  Children are encouraged to lead the Angelus and evening prayers.  Although the children are on two sites, we meet up in the Church for a celebratory Mass for the beginning and end of term, for Holy Days of Obligation and other celebrations.  Classes attend Mass each week on a rota basis when they read the Prayers of the Faithful and KS2 children read the Readings and serve on the Altar.  Sunday Masses are supported by Year 6 children, reading and serving on the Altar and other children supporting in the choir.

The children enjoy hymn practice weekly delivered by the Head Teacher.

Our Head Teacher also delivers a Mission Assembly each Monday morning when we consider the Values and Virtues for that half term.  A child from each class is selected for a certificate who have shown particular qualities in that virtue.

At Christ the King, we enjoy a hard working GIFT Chaplaincy Team who have been elected following the election process.  They work with younger children throughout the school.  This is continuing to develop.

As part of our continued support for our children, we offer Advent and Lent Clubs to both KS1 and KS2 children where they can explore different aspects of our faith through these two great seasons.  These are always very well attended and often oversubscribed.

We are very lucky that members of our Parish community regularly come into school during lunchtimes to pray the Holy Rosary with our children.  This is very well attended, the children enjoy leading the Rosary and are most relevant throughout.

The children in the Sacramental years are able to experience retreats led by OneLife.   This is held in school and lasts for one day.  The children are taught new hymns and investigate aspects of FHC and Confirmation.

UKS2 attend a residential retreat at Alton Castle where they explore many areas of their faith.  The children all gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their own faith through this experience. 

So prayer and spirituality are integral in the lives of all the children and staff at Christ the King which embeds a sense of belonging and worth and give a better understanding of all the needs of our world around us.

Impact
The children at Christ the King know that they are loved, this is displayed all around and can be seen in every aspect of school life.  This includes classroom and corridor displays, altars in each classroom and corridor areas, the way the children interact with each other, staff and visitors.  Each site has a beautiful prayer garden dedicated to Our Lady where the children often sit and pray or just be still.  They know that they have a responsibility towards each other and the need to take care of this God given world.  This is reflected in the positive impact they display through their responses to charitable work, their contributions to the Liturgy of the school and parish and in the reflective work they produce in their RE books.  The children leave Christ the King with a firm understanding of their faith and what this means for them as Children of God.

 

 

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