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)
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.