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Curriculum statement

At its core St. Katherine’s is a distinctly Christian school with a strong set of Christian Values: love, koinonia, trust, friendship, hope and forgiveness. These permeate all aspects of life at St. Katherine’s, from worship and playground behaviour to class rules.  The RE curriculum aims to support children in developing their thinking skills and their understanding of Christianity in the context of their understanding of the world and their experience in it. We hope to provide children with an exemplary understanding of Christian belief and practice, with particular attention theological concepts and vocabulary.

RE is taught as both an independent subject and through cross curricular approaches, for example during a geography topic on India children will be given opportunities to study aspects of Hinduism. Each child should have at least 45 minutes per week of specific RE lessons.

The RE curriculum is broken into two parts: half the year is focused on learning about the Christian faith: with a special focus on Creation, Incarnation and Salvation. While the other half of the school year focuses on World faiths (which is taken from the Essex agreed syllabus for RE. In KS1 children are taught about a range of other various in comparison to Christianity. In KS2 each year group will learn about one or two world religions:

Year 3 – Buddhism

Year 4 – Judaism

Year 5 – Hinduism and Sikhism

Year 6 – Islam and Hinduism

In St. Katherine’s we believe it is important to provide the children with a range of experiences to help embed their religious understanding. This may include visits to other places of worship, whole school Ecumenical services, whole school visits to the church, Prayer space days and special event days to learn about both Christian and other faith celebrations.

At its core St. Katherine’s is a distinctly Christian school with a strong set of Christian Values: love, koinonia, trust, friendship, hope and forgiveness. These permeate all aspects of life at St. Katherine’s, from worship and playground behaviour to class rules.  The RE curriculum aims to support children in developing their thinking skills and their understanding of Christianity in the context of their understanding of the world and their experience in it. We hope to provide children with an exemplary understanding of Christian belief and practice, with particular attention theological concepts and vocabulary.

RE is taught as both an independent subject and through cross curricular approaches, for example during a geography topic on India children will be given opportunities to study aspects of Hinduism. Each child should have at least 45 minutes per week of specific RE lessons.

The RE curriculum is broken into two parts: half the year is focused on learning about the Christian faith: with a special focus on Creation, Incarnation and Salvation. While the other half of the school year focuses on World faiths (which is taken from the Essex agreed syllabus for RE. In KS1 children are taught about a range of other various in comparison to Christianity. In KS2 each year group will learn about one or two world religions:

Year 3 – Buddhism and Judaism 

Year 4 – Hinduism and Judaism 

Year 5 – Sikhism and Judaism 

Year 6 – Islam and Humanism

In St. Katherine’s we believe it is important to provide the children with a range of experiences to help embed their religious understanding. This may include visits to other places of worship, whole school Ecumenical services, whole school visits to the church, Prayer space days and special event days to learn about both Christian and other faith celebrations.

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