As a Catholic school, religious education plays a central and vital part here at St Francis. At the heart of Catholic education lies the Christian vision of the human person. This vision is expressed and explored in religious education. Therefore religious education is never simply one subject among many, but the foundation of our entire educational process.
The beliefs and values studied in catholic religious education inspire and draw together every aspect of the life of a catholic school. We are committed to classroom RE, then, because all pupils have the right to receive an overall education which will enable them, in the light of the faith of the Church, to engage with the deepest questions of life and find reasons for the hope which is within them.
Religious education is, then, the core subject in a Catholic school.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ invites all who follow its teaching to the fullness of life.
Our Religious Education Curriculum - Come and See
At St Francis, we use the Come and See scheme for the basis for our Religious Education teaching. This is recommended by the Diocese and meets the requirements of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory.
Children study three main topics each term as well as additional units of learning about World Faiths.
Religious Education is a core subject and therefore receives 10% of curriculum time.
Drama is used to help children to develop their understanding of religious stories. At Christmas and Easter, children from different phases of the school put on productions to share these important moments in the life of Jesus with our whole school community.
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Reception - RE- Shrove Tuesday
13th Feb 2024
The children had lots of fun taking part in Shrove Tuesday activities; pancake races and flipping.
Reception- RE- Chinese New Year
12th Feb 2024
The children had lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year
Year 1 - English & R.E. - The Nativity Story
15th Dec 2023
We have been learning all about the Christmas story in R.E. In English, we decided we wanted to retell this story! We used the characters to practise retelling the story to each other and some of us did this using the visualiser on the big board!
Reception Celebrating Diwali
13th Nov 2023
The children have had lots of fun celebrating the festival of lights. They learnt all about the story of Rama and Sita and how the festival is celebrated. They made lamps, decorated their hands, made their own decorations, listened to music and danced.
Year 1 - R.E. - Judaism - The Story Of Moses
20th Oct 2023
We have been learning about the importance of stories passed down through generations in all religions. We learned that the story of Moses leading his people to freedom is very important to Jews. We retold the story using finger puppets that we made!
Year 1 - RE - Family - God Takes Care Of Me
3rd Oct 2023
We learned that Psalms are song prayers and that there are 150 in the Bible. We read Psalm 63, where it says God looks after us like a mother bird looks after their chicks. We thought of other baby animals that we could use in this Psalm and recreated some scenes to use with the Psalm.
Year 1 - R.E. - Family - God cares for the flowers and the birds and even more for me.
2nd Oct 2023
Year 5 - RE - Fruits Of The Holy Spirit
17th May 2023
Y5 have been learning about the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. We designed card games with characters for each fruit of the Holy Spirit and then used these to teach Y2 about them!
25th Apr 2023
Today we had s visit from Linda who told Year 2 all about CAFOD and Catholic Social Teaching.
Year 5 - RE - The Betrayal Of Jesus By Judas
21st Mar 2023
We have been learning about temptation and the resisting of temptation in RE. We revisited the story of Judas' betrayal and discussed possible motives for this. We then ranked them in different ways: most likely to least likely, ones that we were most sympathetic of to least, for example.
Year 5 - RE - The Last Supper
22nd Feb 2023
We compared different artists' depictions of The Last Supper and compared them with the Gospel according to Luke. We noticed that Judas wore yellow in a lot of the paintings and learned that this is a colour associated with him and betrayal and jealousy.
Year 6 CAFOD Workshops
25th Jan 2023
We had a visit from Jane from CAFOD who introduced us to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Year 3 CAFOD workshop
24th Jan 2023
Year 3 were visited by Jane from CAFOD to learn all about Catholic Social Teaching.
Year 4 - CAFOD Catholic Social Teaching Workshops
24th Jan 2023
Linda from CAFOD visited our class to lead us with a workshop all about Catholic Social Teaching. We learned all about the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and how we can follow these in our everyday lives.
Carol Concert 2022
16th Dec 2022
We performed our Carol Concert to our families and told the Nativity Story through our songs and readings.
Religious Education Policy
Religious Education Curriculum Overview