St. Katherine’s is a Church of England Primary School. Because of our vision to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ (Gospel of Mark, Chapter 12, verse 31) we strive to ensure that all pupils develop a sense of identify and belonging, while enabling them to treat others with dignity and respect. While we are a Christian school, and Christianity is central to our teaching as a living and diverse faith, all pupils should be given the opportunity to be true to their faith with a deep respect for other religious teachings and world views.
At St. Katherine’s C of E Primary School, we are committed to meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and Primary National curriculum. We believe that it is important to teach Religious Education (RE), so that our pupils flourish and live life in all its fullness (John 10:10). children to be happy and to thrive in a constantly changing world. To do this, all pupils should be given opportunities to do the following:
- Learn how to live our school vision of ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31) by developing a sense of identity and belonging which enables them to flourish individually, within their communities and in the wider world
- To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global faith through the exploration of core beliefs
- To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views, appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied while affirming their own faith or search for meaning
- Ask and consider challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, what is right and wrong, the nature of reality and the being of God
- To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places
- To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways living, believing and thinking.
- To be prepared for the next stage of their education, enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity towards others, and in particular to those with different faiths and beliefs, and to combat prejudices and negative discrimination
Our curriculum is driven by both our educational aims as well as our Christian Values: Friendship, Trust, Thankfulness, Hope, Wisdom, Love, Courage and Koinonia. When these values are seen in our daily lives and within our community, we know will be guided in the right direction and follow the commandment from Jesus to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31).
We intend for our curriculum to serve the diverse needs of all our pupils, to reflect our local context and identified curriculum ‘drivers’:
Our curriculum will be designed and delivered to ensure that teaching, assessment and feedback all lead to long-term learning - mastery takes time and it is vital that teaching and learning take into account evidence from cognitive science which supports this. The content of our curriculum will be subject specific and make intra-curricula links to strengthen children’s grasp of all the threshold concepts.