"Religious education is never simply one subject among many, but the foundation of the entire educational process. The beliefs and values studied in Catholic religious education inspire and draw together every aspect of the life of a Catholic school."
(Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, May 2000)
At SJB we are passionate about developing the children’s excitement for, enjoyment of and attainment in RE. In addition, as part of a Catholic school, all children are to be supported in developing a close relationship with God, knowing that they are always loved and that He is always with them. Each child has uniqueness to be celebrated and developed. Using our talents and always trying to do our best links to our school mission statement. High teacher expectations and challenging RE lessons stimulate deeper exploration of this key subject. Developing an independence in and ownership of class worship from an early age supports children to become their own architect in building their prayer relationship and thus their friendship with God. Children at SJB become aware of their own responsibility as stewards and how they can each make a positive difference to the world and indeed have a responsibility to do so. This awareness is strengthened by our focus on Gospel values and Catholic Social Teaching so that we can all become mini disciples of the Good News.
Religious Education (RE) at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School is a core subject alongside English and Mathematics. As such, it forms 10% of curriculum time which does not include worship, prayer or Mass.
At St John's Reception and Key Stage 1 will have 2 hours and 15 minutes of RE per week and Key Stage 2 will have 2 hours and 30 minutes of RE each week.
We follow the Portsmouth Diocese scheme of work "God Matters". This scheme is taught in ten units across the year. The timing and length of these units will vary each year as they are linked to the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. Each year every class will also study other world faiths: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. The academic year will begin with a fortnight dedicated to the Mission of the school as well as a week dedicted to Mary during May which culminates in our May Procession liturgy.