This school sees Religious Education as the Core and Foundation of the entire educational process. Because of this, each child is valued for what he/she is rather than for what he/she can do and every child is given equal opportunity for development to the highest potential. Through Religious Education we communicate the beliefs and values which should inspire and unify every aspect of school life and the Curriculum. This gives St Lawrence its distinctive nature as a Catholic School.
Children who become part of St Lawrence School are enabled to be in touch with God, to know his Church and to know the meaning of Discipleship. We believe that Religious Education is not a subject among many but the foundation of the entire education process. In addition to studying the Life and Teachings of Jesus, the children study a variety of World Faiths. This enables our children to understand more about the larger community outside home and school. We show the similarities rather than the differences. We have a duty to foster these similarities because God made all men and women to dwell on earth in harmony.
The Dr Margaret Carswell Framework Model, which is taught in a three year cycle and which links to the liturgical year, is used to deliver the RE curriculum. The content of this Model offers a systematic programme of study which comprehensively covers all the strands and requirements of the Curriculum Directory. Each topic plan sets out the areas taught from Revelation, Church, Celebration and Life in Christ ensuring progression and depth of provision
Each term an information sheet for Religious Education is issued to parents. It is intended to be used by parents with their children in their faith development.
Celebrating Faith During the Liturgical Year
Prayer tables are green at start of academic year.
Harvest Thanksgiving - We have a Junior Harvest Mass and Infants have a Harvest Service. Produce is collected for local food banks.
Month of the Rosary: October is the month of the Rosary. Classes are encouraged to pray at least a decade of the Rosary each day.
Advent:The prayer table should be changed to purple.
This is the season to prepare for Christmas Introduction and blessing of the Advent Wreath.
Christmas: Celebration of the Nativity through drama led, EYFS & KS1.
Juniors are led by Y6 in a Carol concert with a dramatisation of the nativity story.
Junior children take part in a Gift Mass and Infants take part in a Gift Service. All gifts collects are donated to local OAPs and also to our local Social Services.
KS1 & KS2 Christmas Parties
Prayer tables are gold for Christmas season then green for Ordinary Time after Feast of Baptism of Our Lord.
Epiphany (if in term time) – Parish Mass
Holy Family (if in term time) – Parish Mass
Lent: The prayer table should be changed to purple. During the season of Lent all KS2 children and staff have the opportunity for Reconciliation with Fr. John in School.
Stations of the cross:- KS2 visit our Parish Church for Stations of the Cross with Fr. John.
Easter – The resurrection of our Lord is celebrated during the school holidays however covered through 4 week RE topic. Special assembly and displays to highlight the importance of this feast. Foundation stage have an Easter bonnet parade and Y4 lead a Passion service in our Parish Church.
Prayer table in gold for Easter season until Pentecost where they change to green for Ordinary Time.
First Holy Communions: The children in Year 3 (there may be children from other year groups) make their First Holy Communion on a Saturday in May. The school community celebrates with all the children at the Parish Thanksgiving Mass and party in the school hall.
May the month of Mary:- In Honour of Our Lady KS2 hold a service led by y5 in our Parish Church. KS1 have a service in the school hall which is led by Y1. KS2 say the Angelus daily whilst KS1 recite the Hail Mary at noon.
Ascension: Covered in RE Topic work
Pentecost: Covered in RE Topic work
Corpus Christi: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Eucharistic adoration in the Church Yr2 -6.
Feast of St. Peter and Paul: Celebrated with Mass in our Parish Church.
Leaver Mass, assembly and disco: A farewell celebration for the Year 6 leavers. This is where they are presented with their Bible.
Worship Guidelines and Daily Prayers
Give honour and glory to God
Feed the spirit through a variety of words, music, images, art
Be spiritual – inclusive – educational
Be in line with the School’s Mission Statement
Have a clear structure
Be pupil – centred – related to their experience and concerns
Should involve pupils as active participants
Foster a sense of community – shared values – identity – purpose
Take place with all teaching and non-teaching staff present, if possible
Be a breathing space – a time to be still and reflect in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity
A special time with a setting that is conducive to worship
Have consideration given to entering and leaving
Provide opportunity for quiet prayer, meditation – use of silence
Have relevance to the liturgical cycle
Be led by various people, e.g. Head Teacher, class teacher, visitor, pupils
Have a variety of groups
Reflect the cultural background of pupils
Not be too long i.e. ‘quality’ not ‘quantity’ time
There is a daily staff prayer and reflection which takes place at 8.30 am in the staff room. All teaching staff are expected to attend.
Every day children will take part in structured collective worship which is either key stage/whole school assemblies or Class collective worship.
All year groups will say the Morning Prayer, lunchtime prayer before and after and end of day prayer.
In addition to silent, spontaneous or informal prayer, children should be familiar with the following formal prayers of the Church
Nursery - The Sign of the Cross
Reception - Begin to learn the Our Father and Hail Mary
Key Stage One
Year 1 - Our Father and Hail Mary
Year 2 - Glory Be
Key Stage Two
All the above prayers
Year 3 - Morning Offering
Responses during Mass
Short Act of Contrition (to be said at the end of the day)
Year 4 - Short Act of Faith / Hope / Charity
Knowledge of the Rosary (20 Mysteries)
Year 5 - The Confiteor (I confess)
Year 6 - The Apostles Creed
Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen)
On Holy Days, children have the opportunity to attend morning Mass. During particular seasons of the Church, special services, such as Stations of the Cross during Lent, will be held in the Church or in the Hall.