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Guardian Angels

Catholic Primary School

Mission Statement

God is at the centre of all we do and we worship the Lord our God joyfully with all our hearts.

 

At Guardian Angels Primary School, our children work to the very best of their ability to achieve excellence across the curriculum, in order to reach their full potential.

Within our faith community, we nurture qualities of honesty, respect, forgiveness, love and patience. Through this, children come to know that they matter and are valued. They become secure in the knowledge that they are guided and protected by God and their Guardian Angels.

 

Introduction

Guardian Angels School seek to provide each pupil with a secure environment in which to learn; one which they experience care and mutual respect, where they come to know God’s love for each of them.

We acknowledge that our school is part of a wider community, involving in particular the homes from which our pupils come and the parish to which we belong. We wish to develop strong links between home, school and the parish.

All our actions and relationships within the school community are underpinned with prayer.

 

The outcome of Classroom Religious Education is:

“religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life”.

 

The Aims of Religious Education as stated in the RE Curriculum Directory are:

  • To present engagingly a comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
  • To present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society;
  • To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
  • To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life;
  • To stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
  • To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.

 

Religious Education - Curriculum Time Allocation

10% of curriculum time is allocated to Religious Education. This does not include Collective Worship.

 

Programme of Study

To fulfil the above aims and to address the four areas of study outlined in the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, 2012 – Revelation, Church, Celebration and Life in Christ –the Resource Framework for Religious Education in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Westminster produced by Dr. Margaret Carswell is used.

 

This framework is an exemplar resource that models the linear teaching of content according to the Attainment Levels. In determining the content to teach we must first decide on the Strand and Attainment level we wish to achieve and choose teaching and learning activities that will teach the content required for achievement of the level. When time is limited, the guiding principle is, as it is with all good education, less content, taught more richly and deeply. Quantity should never supersede quality.

The framework is presented in 2 units every half term.

 

Process

Religious Education is taught through the COMPOSITE MODEL developed by Dr. Margaret Carswell. This model is made up of 3 steps-

 

  • Prepare to hear the word
  • Hear and Encounter the Word
  • Respond to the Word.

 

This follows the pattern of: the human search for meaning, God’s initiative in Revelation and the response in faith. This pattern is outlined both in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the Curriculum Directory.

 

As the Directory states:

‘Teaching in Religious Education ….should help people be attentive to the meaning of their experiences, illumined by the light of the Gospel, so that they may respond to God more fully. Experience can also make the Christian message more intelligible.’

 

Methodology

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used from across the curriculum adapted appropriately to the needs and learning styles of pupils.

 

Inclusion

All pupils in our school, irrespective of ability, faith and background will have appropriate differentiated access to the Religious Education programme.

 

Other Religions

Two other religions are taught from EYFS to Year 6 following the programme of study in ‘Come and See’. These are Judaism, which is usually taught in the autumn, and Islam, which is taught either in the spring or summer. At least one week’s teaching and learning time per year is given to each.

 

Assessment, Monitoring, Recording and Reporting

  • Assessment of standards is carried out according to Diocesan guidelines using the criteria set out in Levels of Attainment in RE agreed by Bishops’ Conference.
  • Each teacher keeps a class record of assessed work and records of pupils’ progress.
  • The school portfolio of pupils’ work contains three samples of work from each teacher for the Diocesan agreed task each term, covering a range of abilities.
  • Moderation meetings are held in the autumn and spring terms.
  • Examples from the school portfolio of assessed samples of work are presented for Diocesan Moderation at RE Coordinators’ Moderation meetings in the summer term.
  • Monitoring of teaching and learning, lesson observations, book scrutiny and discussions with children.
  • Highlighted ‘I can’ statements are place before each topic in children’s books to support each teacher’s levelling.
  • Pupils are sublevelled at the end of each term and this information is used to ensure progress and achievement is recorded and tracked.
  • Progress and achievement in Religious Education is reported to parents/carers in a written report at the end of each academic year.
  • Progress and achievement in Religious Education is reported to Governors.
  • Via Headteachers report, coordinator updates to Governors each term.

 

Marking

Written work is marked according to the school’s marking policy. The main points are:

 

We use green ink to mark children’s work.

Children put a { } around their errors- they never scribble over mistakes.

Children put ( ) around text they wish to move to another part of their work.

 

School Worship and Assemblies

The whole community witnesses and praises God through collective Acts of Worship. Staff attends whole- school assemblies and Masses

 

A worship timetable is prepared every term by the R.E Coordinator.

 

Key Stage 2 & Year 2 and Reception & Year 1 

 

Monday: Assembly - Head Teacher led Group worship – R.E. Coordinator

Tuesday: Assembly – Teacher led Group worship – Teacher led

Wednesday: Class Worship

Thursday: Whole school Assembly - Class led

Friday: Class worship – pupil led

 

The Angelus is said every day by KS2 at 11.30 am. . Class Mass is rotated every Wednesday in KS2 classes. The whole school attend mass on Holy Days of Obligation, Carol Services, at beginning and end of every term. During Lent, KS2 take turns praying the Stations of the Cross

 

Management of the Subject

Rosemarie Parmassar, the Co-ordinator/Subject Leader has responsibility for leading, managing and supporting the delivery of and training in Religious Education.

 

Policy Monitoring and Review

This policy will be monitored, evaluated and reviewed by Governors and Senior Leaders, and updated every 2 years.

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