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St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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Religious Education

For all children Religious Education is a proper subject in its own right in the school’s curriculum. It is a rigorous academic discipline, and as such it is to be taught, developed and resourced with the same commitment as any other subject.  For those already engaged in the journey of faith Religious Education will be catechesis, and for some children Religious Education will be evangelisation, the first opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel.” (RE Curriculum Directory p.10)

Come and See RE Newsletter for Parents

As a Catholic School RE is one of the core subjects alongside English and Maths.  In St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School we follow the scheme recommended by the Nottingham Diocese Education Service, ‘Come and See’.  This scheme works on a topic based approach under pinned by the four key constitutions of The Second Vatican Council’.  These are: Revelation through hearing God’s word, Christian Living, the Church and Liturgy and celebration.  Each RE topic is taught over four weeks where the children explore the themes of the unit, experience the revelation of the topic in more detail through looking at scripture readings in the Bible and responding by sharing in worships and liturgies linked to the topic.  Approximately two and a half hours of RE is taught each week. Other faiths are taught through topic work and there is a whole school focus on Judaism in Autumn Term and another faith in the Summer Term.

RE Newsletters are sent out termly that keep you informed about the Topics your child is learning and how you can help them at home.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship plays a fundamental part of our school life. Every day the children participate in some form of Collective Worship.  Whether this be as a class, Key Stage or as a whole school community (see the schedule below.  In addition to this the school also participates in Masses throughout the year reflecting Holy Days of Obligation and events in the Liturgical Year.  Masses take place in school and in our Parish Church St Norbert’s Catholic Church on St Thomas’s Road.

DAY

FORM OF WORSHIP

TIME

REASON

Monday

Gospel Worship

9am

A time as a whole school to reflect upon the Gospel reading of the previous Sunday.

 

Tuesday

Key Stage Worship

KS1- 2pm

KS2- 3pm

A chance to meet as a Key Stage and consider the ways we interact with God’s world using the resource ‘Statements to Live By’

Wednesday

Class Worship

2:50pm

A chance for a class to share with the rest of the school and parents what they have been learning about in their RE sessions.

Thursday

Praise and Worship

9am

A chance for the whole school to come together and sing our praises.

Friday

Celebration Worship

9am

An opportunity for the whole school to come together and celebrate successes and achievements throughout the week.

There are also opportunities for the children to worship as a class during prayerful reflection and Christian meditation.

Relationship and Sexual Education (RSE)
The school follows a custom made scheme as recommended by the Nottingham Diocese.  This is covered in Year 5 and 6 and covers not only the physical and emotional changes that children experience but also social and spiritual well-being as well.   The programme provides PowerPoints, detailed support materials, Biblical Reflections, prayers, related vocabulary and Parent Workshop resources.

During the Summer Term of Year 5 the first phase of the programme will be delivered. This focuses upon body changes in puberty, boy’s changes, menstruation, health and hygiene and ‘what kind of person do I want to be?’

During the Autumn Term of Year 6 the second phase of the programme focuses on revision/recap of Year 5, conception of a baby and the growth of an unborn baby

This is in line with the teachings of the Catholic Faith. Relationship and Sex Education will not only take place in isolation, but within the broader curriculum, particularly Science, R.E. and other elements of Personal, Social and Health Education programmes.

Parents are always informed of when the scheme will commence and are advised of their legal right to withdraw a child.