Religious Education Zone

 WELCOME TO THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ZONE.

 

In this area of the website you will find information about the Religious Education curriculum at Holy Cross. Details about the prayer and worship life of our school can be found on the pages called 'Our School as a Catholic Community.

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Religious education in Catholic schools aims to promote:

  • an invitation to a personal relationship with the person of Christ.
  • knowledge and understanding of Catholic faith and life;
  • knowledge and understanding of the response of faith to the ultimate questions about human life, its origin and purpose;
  • acquiring of skills required to engage in examination of and reflection upon religious belief and practice.
While Catholic in nature, the RE learning journey at Holy Cross  welcomes, respects and celebrates those from all faiths and none. 
We invite you to read the most recent report following our visit from the CAST inspection team who spent 2 days with us; the curriculum was reviewed as part of the inspection.
Click on the link below:

OUR PROGRAMME OF STUDY

RE is a core subject and as such requires an allocation of 10% of the teaching time to the subject. In Key Stage 1 this means 2 hours and in Key Stage 2,  2.5 hours each week.

It is expected that this time will be broken down as follows:

  • Foundation – RE forms part of their integrated programme
  • KS1 – small chunks of time 20-30 minutes on a daily basis.
  • KS2 – longer lessons – three times a week 

Programmes of Study

In line with all schools within CAST, we use the ‘God Matters’ curriculum resource.

'God Matters' follows the calendar of the Church's seasons within its units of study.

The Long Term Overview for 2016-2017 can be read by clicking on the link below:

TEACHING OF MAJOR WORLD FAITHS

Our school does not exist within a bubble and belongs to a local, national and world-wide community. It is also a rich and diverse community serving families from many countries, speaking many languages and worshiping in a range of traditions. We are committed therefore to supporting pupils’ learning about and celebration of the diversity of major world faith traditions as part of their preparation to be informed and responsible citizens of the UK. Each unit of God Matters includes a multi-faith element. The major theistic religions are covered as part of this work.