The Mission Statement of the School:
‘Making the heart, mind and spirit soar’
‘By following in the footsteps of Jesus,
we are making the heart, mind and spirit soar.
Our actions and words of today are the footprints of our future.
As a Catholic school, Religious Education is a core subject and is at the forefront of our curriculum. We follow the Birmingham Diocese strategy, 'Learning and Growing as the People of God'. This enables all of our children to learn about the five strands of our faith:
*The Liturgical Year
*Living as Christians
At St Thomas Aquinas, we follow the Diocesan scheme of work “Learning and Growing as the People of God” and the additional multi-faith coverage recommended for each year group by the Diocese. Class teachers have a long term overview of RE, in line with the liturgical year. RE is taught discretely and 10% of curriculum time is dedicated to the teaching of RE. There is a specific whole school assessment focus each year; for the academic year 2020-2021, the assessment strand is 'The Liturgical Year'.
Teaching and Learning in R.E. at St. Thomas Aquinas:
R.E is taught in discrete, timetabled lessons by the class teacher.
Lessons follow the Long-Term R.E plan.
Lessons are differentiated according to ability in R.E and delivered to the whole, mixed-ability class.
Lessons are delivered using a variety of written, creative, discussion, multi-sensory and research activities.
Learning takes place within whole group, guided and independent work.
R.E. develops the children’s body of knowledge of scripture, beliefs, traditions, and history.
Children are encouraged to understand tradition, actions and opinions of their own Catholic faith and the faith of others.
Children are invited to question and to reflect on their own and others’ beliefs responses.
Where appropriate, lessons include liturgical reflection.
Unit A - Creation
Unit B - God our Father cares for us
Unit C - Advent
Unit D Christmas
Unit D - Baptism
Unit F - God’s family
Unit G - Lent
Unit H - Holy week
Unit I - Easter
Unit J - Pentecost
Unit K - Special celebrations
Unit L - Continuous unit
Aims of Religious Education
The Religious Education of children at St Thomas Aquinas aims:
1) To present engagingly a comprehensive content, which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
2) To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
3)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;
4) To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
5) To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life;
6) To stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
7)To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
8) To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.
The outcome of excellent 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.