Religious Education

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At St Elizabeth’s, we aim to embed a relationship of love between child and God, and between the child and other people in a community. Religious Education fosters this relationship through daily prayer, collective Acts of Worship and Celebrations of Liturgy. As a Catholic school we feel it is important that children learn how to co-operate with others, respect others and forgive others. Scripture, teachings of the Church and the teachers’ own witness and example are means by which these are taught.  We work closely with our parishes to prepare liturgies and sacraments and we value the partnership between home, school and parish and the wider community.

As a whole school we follow the national Catholic RE Scheme entitled ‘Come and See’.  Through RE lessons, assemblies and Masses the children explore what it means to belong to the Church, they learn about the sacraments and they develop an understanding of how Jesus is our model for a Christian way of living.

Our aim is to guide the children to become religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.  Our pupils have a strong sense of social justice and are proactive in their support of charities. They often organise and publicise their own fund-raising events.

We encourage our pupils to plan and lead their own acts of worship in class. Every class prepares a whole school assembly once a term to which parents are invited and each class in Key Stage 2 prepares a whole school Mass as well as celebrating Mass in their classroom each year.  In each classroom there is an RE focal area, a contemplative space where key questions and religious and meaningful artefacts are displayed and used for prayer and reflection.

Learning about the faith of others forms an important part of our school RE curriculum.  Each year there is a whole school curriculum focus on another faith.  All children in Key Stage 2 visit a place of worship in our locality and we invite speakers to talk to all classes.  Our pupils have recently visited the Kingston Mosque, the Richmond Synagogue, the Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir, Wembley and the Sikh Gurdwara, Southall.