If you wish to speak to the co-ordinator of Religious Education then please contact Miss. Sarah Colclough
Religious Education at St. Peter’s
At St Peter’s, Religious Education is a core subject and aims to be of a quality to engage pupils’ intellect, heart and imagination. We follow the Learning and Growing as the People of God Strategy for all of our Religious Education lessons, which is the curriculum strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. This strategy provides clear expectations for the teaching and learning of Religious Education at each stage of every term from Reception all the way through to Year Four and is a systematic study of the Catholic faith and life.
In our school we aim to ensure that pupils’ develop an understanding of the Catholic faith and tradition, and that children are encouraged to investigate the faith with enthusiasm and rigour.
Our Religious Education units focus on covering the breadth of the Catholic faith including The Liturgical Year, Scripture, The Sacraments and Living as Christians. Within these areas we teach the children to learn about the Catholic religion through developing their knowledge and understanding of the beliefs, teachings and sources of the Catholic faith, celebration and ritual within the Catholic faith and the social and moral practices and way of life within the Catholic faith. We also support the children in developing a deeper, more reverent way of thinking by learning from the Catholic religion, encouraging them to engage with their own and others’ beliefs and values, and to engage with meanings of question and purpose.
For a full breadth of study, please see our long term Curriculum overview for Religious Education, which outlines the units which are covered at each stage in every year group to meet the above criteria.
At St. Peter’s we always strive to provide quality experiences of prayer and liturgy that support pupils’ spiritual development. These communal acts of prayer and the liturgical celebrations of the Church form part of everyday life in our school. Every child is given the opportunity to pray by giving praise and thanks to God using traditional prayers of the Catholic Church and many other sources of prayer that enable this to take place.
Our weekly Monday morning Gospel Assembly is led by Mrs. Clubley and provides staff and pupils with a focus for their daily lives during the coming week. The assembly is based on a Sunday Gospel and it allows us to come together as a school to reflect on the message within the Gospel.
Staff and pupils engage in weekly class prayer services. These are prepared and led by class staff and by groups of children using the following structure:
‘We Gather’, ‘We Listen’, ‘We Respond’, ‘We Go Forth’
Key Stage Worship
Our Key Stage Worship takes place every week and are based on the Values and Virtues of the Catholic School Profile. The Liturgical Group are involved in setting organising this and contributing to its focus and content.
Prayers children will learn when attending St. Peter’s
Mass is central to the Catholic Faith, and it is central to the life of our school and parish family. Every two weeks we have a school Mass, where Children take responsibility for leading the readings, Prayer of the Faithful, singing, altar serving, and the Offertory procession. Our wonderful school choir, led by Mrs Cole, is a strong presence during all of our school Masses. Parents and parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish are always welcome to attend.
We are very proud of our altar servers here at St. Peter’s. To be an altar server a child has to demonstrate a commitment to their faith – a willingness to serve God and serve God’s people.
In Year 3 children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In preparation for this Sacrament, the children reflect on the fact that they are children of God and that this impacts on the way they treat others.
Through studying Bible stories such as Zacchaeus the tax collector and parables like the Prodigal Son, the children learn about Jesus’ teachings on repentance and forgiveness.
They learn to appreciate that God created humans with free will thus allowing them to make a decision to make good and bad choices. The children learn to think about the consequences of their actions and how this affects their relationship with God.
The children learn the structure and sequence of the Rite of Reconciliation and are fully prepared to make their Reconciliation during the Liturgical Season of Lent.
Act of Contrition
O my God, because you are so good,
I am very sorry that I have sinned against you,
And by the help of your grace I will not sin again.
Once the children in Year 3 have made the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. This usually takes place during June. The children work very hard at home, in school and in the parish to ensure that they are fully prepared to receive Jesus into their hearts.
During Religious Education lessons in school, the children study the Last Supper when Jesus shared his last meal with the disciples. They look in particular at the breaking of the bread and how this is similar to the celebration of the Mass. By examining the words of Jesus at the Last Supper and the priest at Mass, they learn to appreciate that we are present with Jesus every time we go to Mass.
The children study all of the parts of the Mass in detail over the year but focus particularly on the Liturgy of the Eucharist leading up to the celebration of First Holy Communion. By exploring each of the parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist in detail, the children learn that the Mass is a celebration of thanksgiving and that during the Eucharistic prayer, the priest asks the Holy Spirit to change the gifts of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Congratulations to all our Year 3 children who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion. May you grow in the light and love that comes from our Lord Jesus Christ.