Religious Education at St Felix School is the cornerstone upon which our school philosophy and aims are founded and we endeavour to reflect our Mission Statement in all our actions and attitudes in our teaching and in our relationships with each other.
Religious Education in light of British Values
This is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school’s activity. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27).
Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II) and the foundation of the entire educational process.
We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.”
Curriculum Directory for Catholic School, 2015 CES
At the core of our Religious Education Curriculum are the beliefs and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church and we aim to lay a foundation of understanding and belief that will remain with our children throughout their lives. We use the Diocesan Syllabus which combines units from the RE Schemes “Come and See” and ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’, Religious programmes which are the nationally recommended schemes for use in Catholic schools. This includes the teaching of other World Faiths which helps our children to develop an understanding of and a respect for the beliefs of others in our multi-faith society. Our teaching has a cross-curricular emphasis, celebrating our learning in RE through Humanities, PHSCE, Art, Drama, Dance and Music.
Planning for this term can be seen on the RE Newsletter.
Prayer is an important part of our school life. In addition to our daily prayers at the beginning and end of the day, children have the opportunity to initiate, compose and share their own prayers, responding to current affairs and global disasters. Through regular silent prayer, children experience a close and personal relationship with God.
At St. Felix School, we take part in a varied range of liturgical celebrations throughout the year as a whole school community. Children help to prepare beginning and end of term Masses; a Welcome services for our new children and their families; Harvest Festival; Advent service; Christmas Carol Concert and Service; Ash Wednesday Mass or Service, Candlemas; Easter Liturgy and Pentecost and Remembrance Day Services.
In Year 5, children are invited to become part of our Ministry Team. This role promotes leadership skills through preparing Assemblies, Masses and also prayer sessions in our reflective garden ‘The Courtyard’. Members of the Ministry team attend Chaplaincy Team Meetings to give their views and ideas.
Children in Year 3 who are Baptised Catholics are prepared by the parish for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children who are communicants receive Reconciliation with Father Michael during Advent and Lent. All children take part in a Reconciliation Service twice a year in preparation for Christmas and Easter.
The Catholic Life of the School
Father Michael our Parish Priest is an ever present member of our school Community. He celebrates our Liturgies throughout the year, chairs our Chaplaincy meetings, supports our families and staff and guides us in our professional development in the teaching of RE.
This year, in response to the papal initiatives from Pope Francis, the children have learnt about what it means to be a responsible Christian in today’s world. ‘Laudato Si’ helped the children to understand that we are all part of ‘Our Common Home’ and that we all have a part to play in respecting God’s Creation and ensuring that we protect it and its population for the future.
In December, Pope Francis called for a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Just as God shows Mercy to us, we are called to show Mercy to others, by the way we speak, act and live our lives. Throughout the year, our Assemblies and Reflections will be concentrating on what this means in our everyday lives.
During Lent and at other times of the year the children fulfil their ‘Corporal Acts of Mercy’ and take responsibility for being active fundraisers. The School Council are responsible for suggesting and electing charities to be supported by our fundraising events. (See Charities page).