RE at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Primary School
We are God’s work of art
Be responsible for your own actions
Follow the light of Jesus
Help each other
Work to the best of our abilities
Be friends with everybody
We want everyone to do their best in every way
Parents, teachers and children support each other
Our Mission Statement declares our commitment to support children in all areas of their development in a Catholic Christian setting, which has the child as the central focus.
Religious Education, by its nature, is concerned with the development of the whole child. In presenting the Christian vision of life, we seek to lead our children to discover purpose and meaning in their lives.
We believe that the distinctive character of the school arises from the beliefs and values which it communicates through every aspect of school life, and especially in the spiritual and moral development of its pupils.
Which Mission Statement is most important to you?
During our recent Mission Statement Day, the children thought carefully about which statement was most important to them and why. Here are some of their quotes:
"In my opinion, I think that following the light of Jesus is important because if you do that then you are also living out the rest of our statements and you will make other people happy." (Asa, Year 6)
"My chosen statement is be friends with everybody because it doesn't matter what we look like, or what our interests are, we should always be friends with each other no matter what." (Evie, Year 6)
"I have chosen be respectful because I think that it is important to always show respect to other people and their property. If we do this, the world will be a better place." (Lewis, Year 5)
"My chosen statement is work to the best of our abilities. I think you need to do this in order to succeed. We may not find things easy but if we work hard and try our best then we will will feel proud." (Adam, Year 5)
Come and See
To fulfil our aims and objectives we use the ‘Come and See’ programme of Religious Education for Primary Schools approved by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
OVERVIEW OF CONTENT
Religious Education in our school:
Religious education is taught across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and accounts for 10% of the weekly timetable. Some lessons last 30 minutes while others last for 1 hour. During these lessons, the children participate in a range of engaging activities allowing them to ask and respond to a number of theological questions.
Each term sees 3 new ‘themes’ which will be explored. These fall into the categories of the Church, Sacraments and Christian Living.
Autumn Term – the theme is the Domestic Church.
Spring Term – the theme is the Local Church
Summer Term – the theme is the Universal Church.
Autumn Term – the theme starts in KS1 with Baptism and moves onto Confirmation, Ordination and Marriage in KS2.
Spring Term – the theme is the Eucharist.
Summer Term – the theme is Reconciliation and moves onto the Anointing of the sick in KS2.
Autumn Term – the theme is Advent.
Spring Term – the theme is Lent and Easter.
Summer Term – the theme is Pentecost.
When studying the themes, each year group has a different topic which they focus on. For example, when looking at the Domestic Church in the Autumn term, all year groups study ‘family’ but they do so through different topics, such as:
• EYFS – Myself
• Year 1 – Families
• Year 2 – Beginnings
• Year 3 – Homes
• Year 4 – People
• Year 5 – Ourselves
• Year 6 – Loving
In addition to learning about the Catholic Faith, the children also participate in ‘other faith’ weeks throughout the year, as well as furthering their knowledge of other religions. For example, the children have the opportunity to learn about Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam.
The school participated in a variety of different activities to mark Judaism week.
Year 2 and Year 6 visited Princes Road Synagogue to learn first hand about the Jewish tradition. The trip encompassed a tour around the Synagogue in which the children were able to see a copy of the Torah Scroll and learn about Jewish celebrations such as Hanukkah. The children were given the opportunity to ask insightful questions to expand their prior knowledge and were able to compare similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity.
Mr Cohen also visited the school for an afternoon to deliver interactive workshops to the children which included songs. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit which helped to expand their knowledge of the Jewish faith.
You can watch more video clips on our Podcast page which show the Catholic Life of our school.
The Year Of Mercy
Pope Francis announced a jubilee year, a very special event in the Catholic Church, called the Holy Year of Mercy. This jubilee year began on December 8, 2015 and will close on November 20, 2016, the feast of Christ the King. The Holy Year of Mercy celebrates being a witness of mercy and invites us all to follow the example of God as merciful, forgiving and loving followers.
Mercy involves acts of love by which we care for the bodily and spiritual needs of others. Being merciful frequently includes forgiveness of others, just as God the Father demonstrates forgiveness of our sins through love.
We held a very special assembly to explain the Year of Mercy to the children in more detail and each class followed this up by creating their own classroom displays and doors of mercy.
Throughout the year, the children participated in a range of activities linked to this special year in the Church calendar.
At St Robert Bellarmine, we support a number of different charities and organisations. These include:
Macmillan Cancer Support
The Oliver King Foundation
The Whitechapel Centre
Children in Need
Sierra Leone Partnership School
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
South Sefton Foodbank
Each year, the Year 6 children complete the ‘Smile Challenge’. The aim of this event is in the name – to make other people smile. As you can tell from the pictures above, the children certainly achieved their goal!
Group one organised a picnic for the nursery children. Group two organised a cross bar challenge and beat the goalie to raise money in memory of Mrs McHugh, a former member of staff. Group three wanted to thank their Mums for all that they do for them so they made them gifts and cars. Group four decided to make volunteers at Freshfield Animal Rescue Centre smile by arranging a collection of food for the animals and guess the name of the cuddly toy competition to raise money. Group five organised a car wash and donated the money that they raised. The final group arranged a lemonade and cake sale to raise money for Jospice, a local hospice which is very close to our hearts.
Well done on making hundreds of people smile Year 6!
The children in Year 4 follow the With You Always Sacramental Programme to help prepare them for receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. They enjoy attending meetings with members of their family and developing an understanding of the Sacraments that they will receive.
More information can be found at:
The children enjoyed taking roles during the recent Feast Day Mass including reading, singing and taking the gifts of Bread and Wine during the Offertory.
During this special Mass, the Year 6 children also received their House Captain and prefect badges.
The children in Key Stage 2 led the annual Advent Service in Church this week. They delivered the service twice – once for Reception and Key Stage 1 staff and children and again in the evening for their families.
During the afternoon we were joined by our parish priest, Fr. Barry McAllister and another special visitor, Mr Bennett from Savio Salesian Catholic College. Mr Bennett commented on the beautiful service and the excellent reading, singing and dancing throughout.
All children should be proud of their performance!
The children looked beautiful during their Holy Communion Mass and enjoyed taking an active role throughout.
Some children from Year 5 attended an important event at Goodison Park. The even was designed to educated young children on how to 'show racism the red card'. The children thoroughly enjoyed the event and were excited to meet an ex Everton player who is an ambassador for the campaign.
Back at school, we held our own fundraiser to support this event. The children wore red (or blue) clothing to help show racism the red card.