Subject Leaders: Mrs Thompson
Caritas Leader: Miss Wheeler
Religious Education at Our Lady and St Gerard's invites each child to enter into a personal and profound relationship with Christ. We are committed to allowing each individual to explore their own faith and develop their relationship with God and all that He has planned for them through the unique set of gifts and talents He has blessed them with. It respects and promotes each child's innate capacity for wonder, awe, reverence and spirituality.
Our Lady & St Gerard’s uses the ‘Come and See' Religious education programme as the basis of our religious teaching. 'Come and See' is a Catholic Primary Religious Education programme for Early Years, Key stages 1 and 2 that is recommended by Salford Diocese. We are an inclusive school and promote the British value of mutual respect for other faiths; children will learn about different faiths each year e.g. Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism.
Each year group from Nursery to Year 6 focus on the teachings of the Catholic Church and follow the Liturgical Calendar. The topics taught coincide with the Church’s calendar, however the depth in which the topics are explored is dependent upon the respective age of the children. For example, during Lent, whilst all children will learn about the death and resurrection of Christ, our Early Years children will consider the importance of growing and new life; Key Stage 1 children explore the effect of change and opportunities, with Key Stage 2 children considering the importance of self-discipline, sacrifice, death and new life.
The curriculum will also be supported and enriched by:
- Children being engaged in the preparation and presentation of masses in church and in school.
- Children engaging in collective worship at a special focal point in classrooms.
- The close contact between the parish and school.
- Children’s involvement in various aspects of community life in the parish.
- Children putting their faith into action to share the love of Christ
At Our Lady and St Gerard's, we promote Catholic Social Teaching using Caritas in Action. This is a flexible scheme which has seven different foci. It provides extensive opportunities, at age-appropriate levels, to explore our mission as Catholics in our modern world. This supports the the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) aspects of the curriculum as well as links to the PSHE curriculum.
Celebration of the Word
Prayer, Liturgy and Worship are an essential part of the daily life of our school. Each week we have an assembly to focus on the Gospel as we worship together. We learn the importance of giving glory and honour to God in a reverent atmosphere which gives us time to reflect.
We listen to key pieces of scripture and use biblical references.
We take time to respond to the scripture we have heard through class prayer, silent prayer and whole school reflections.
Finally, we reflect on our mission, where we can go forth into the community and share what we have learnt.
As a response to each unit of curriculum RE, classes or individual children (depending on age) plan a celebration worship to consolidate their learning. As the children move through the school, they develop the skills to plan their own worship using TenTen resources. Our Worship Leaders support teachers with worship until they feel comfortable enough to lead.
We currently use TenTen resources to support our Prayer, Liturgy and Worship. Please find below a link for the monthly newsletter.
Our GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) team is split into three pupil leadership categories; Worship Leaders, Caritas Ambassadors and Laudato si' (Eco). Information about these teams can be found under our Pupil Leadership pages.
Our Liturgical Year