Religious Education

At Saint John Fisher Catholic Primary School we follow the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s Curriculum Strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Schools called “Learning and Growing as people of God”. The strategy clearly lays out the steps to be taken in RE at each stage of the Primary Years.

The strategy is divided into a number of units, usually 12 (A-L), which covers four main areas of study. The children learn about the Liturgical Seasons of the Church’s year. They also study both Old and New Testament Scripture. There is a strong Sacramental focus in each year group. In particular the content of the Y3 and Y6 strategies, fully prepares the children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in Y3 and Confirmation in Y6.

As part of the strategy the children learn about what it is to live as Christians today, how the Church is organised from global to parish level and also the opportunities which exist for them to participate in the life of the Church.
A key element to each unit is the opportunity to link the learning with opportunities for prayer and reflection.

The chart below shows the units that are covered in each year group. Many units are re-visited as the children progress through the school. The children build upon their prior knowledge and develop their skills as a result of this.

“Learning and Growing as the People of God” An overview

RECEPTION

The Liturgical Year
RC: Advent, RD: Christmas, RG: Lent, RH: Holy Week, RI: Easter, RJ: Pentecost

Scriptural Knowledge
RA: Creation – God’s Gifts, RB: People who care for us*

Celebrating the Sacraments
RB: People who care for us*, RE: Baptism

Living as Christians
RB: People who care for us*, RF: People who help us*

Prayer
RK: Prayer, RL: Continuous Unit

*units which can be tracked through more than one strand

 

KEY STAGE 1 - YEAR 1

The Liturgical Year
1D: Advent, 1E: Christmas, 1H: Lent, 1I: Holy Week, 1J: Easter, 1K: Pentecost

Scriptural Knowledge
1A: Creation, 1B: Families and Celebration*, 1F: Jesus: teacher and healer*. 1L: Sharing Jesus’ life*

Celebrating the Sacraments
1B: Families and Celebration*, 1F: Jesus: teacher and healer*, 1M: Following Jesus today* , 1G: Forgiveness

Living as Christians
1L: Sharing Jesus’ life*, 1M: Following Jesus today*

Prayer
R1C: Prayer

*units which can be tracked through more than one strand

KEY STAGE 1 - YEAR 2

The Liturgical Year
2C: Advent, 2D: Christmas,2G: Lent*,2H: Holy Week,2I: Easter, 2J: Pentecost

Scriptural Knowledge
2A: Old Testament: Stories and Prayers*, 2E: Parables/Miracles*

Celebrating the Sacraments
2E: Parables/Miracles*, 2F: Special Celebrations, 2G: Lent*, 2J: Pentecost, 2L: The Mass

Living as Christians
2B: Sharing in the life of Jesus, 2K: Our Church

Prayer
2A: Old Testament: Stories and Prayers*

*units which can be tracked through more than one strand

KEY STAGE 2 - YEAR 3

The Liturgical Year
3C: Advent
3D: Christmas
3F: Lent
3H: Holy Week
3I: Easter
3K: Pentecost*

Scriptural Knowledge
3E: We listen to God’s word at Mass
3E: We listen to God’s word at Mass

Celebrating the Sacraments
3A: Belonging – We gather as God’s family*
3B: Reconciliation
3E: We listen to God’s word at Mass*
3J:The Eucharist is a thanksgiving to God
3K: Pentecost*

Living as Christians
3A: Belonging – We gather as God’s family*

Prayer
3G: Prayer

*units which can be tracked through more than one strand

KEY STAGE 2 - YEAR 4

The Liturgical Year
34C: Advent
4D: Christmas
4G: Lent
4H: Holy Week
4I: Easter
4J: Pentecost

Scriptural Knowledge
4A: Creation & the story of Abraham
4F: Old Testament: Moses – King David*
4E: Jesus: Light of the world and beloved Son*

Celebrating the Sacraments
4E: Jesus: Light of the world and beloved Son*
4F: Old testament: Moses – King David*
4G: Lent: Living as followers of Jesus today
4K; Sharing in the Life of Christ*

Living as Christians
4K: Sharing in the life of Christ*
4L: Special Roles and Responsibilities

Prayer
4B: Jesus teaches us how to pray

*units which can be tracked through more than one strand

KEY STAGE 2 - YEAR 5

The Liturgical Year
5C: Advent
5D: Christmas
5G: Lent*
5H: Holy Week*
5I: Easter
5J: Pentecost*

Scriptural Knowledge
5A:Creation
5B: Miracles & the Sacrament of the Sick*
5F: Parables and sayings of Jesus*
5K: The work of the Apostles

Celebrating the Sacraments
5B: Miracles and the Sacrament of the Sick*
5E: Baptism
5G: Lent*
5H: Holy Week*
5J: Pentecost*
5L: Marriage & Holy Orders

Living as Christians
5F: Parables and sayings of Jesus*

Prayer
5B: Miracles & the Sacrament of the Sick*

*units which can be tracked through more than one strand

KEY STAGE 2 - YEAR 6

The Liturgical Year
Y6 6C: Advent
6D: Christmas
6F: Lent*
6H: Holy Week
6I: Easter
6J: Pentecost*

Scriptural Knowledge
6A:The Story of the People of God
6B: Followers of Christ*
6K; Belonging to the Church

Celebrating the Sacraments
6E: Baptism & Confirmation: Celebrations of the Holy Spirit
6F: Lent*
6G Prayers in the lives of followers of Christ*
6J: Pentecost*

Living as Christians
6B: Followers of Christ*
6K: Belonging to the Church Community
6L: Celebrating the life of Mary & the Saints*

Prayer
6G Prayers in the lives of followers of Christ*
6L: Celebrating the life of Mary & the Saints*

*units which can be tracked through more than one strand