Our Lady & St Gerard’s uses the ‘Come and See' Religious education programme as the basis of our religious teaching. During the course of the year the children will also study another faith. The ‘Come and See' programme forms the basis for the curriculum but other materials, texts and artefacts are used to enrich the religious education of the children.
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 preparing and presenting assemblies.
- 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.
The 5 W's
The 5W's ensure that areas of significant importance such as the Catholic life of the school, teaching and learning are recognised and supported.
Everyone here at Our Lady and St Gerard’s School work together to support and develop the Catholic life of the school through the 5 W’s:
Come and See Overview
Religious Education Throughout the School
Collective Worship is an essential part of the daily life of our school. As the children move through the schools they develop the skills to plan their own collective worship and then in Year 6 they can become part of our GIFT Chaplaincy team and support others in their spiritual journey.
Our Prayer Room
In school, we have developed a prayer room, which is available for use by all the children. It provides a quiet place for reflection and prayer or the opportunity to place a prayer for a loved one onto the prayer wall. The stained glass window on the feature wall of the room was completed by the year 6 children; a lasting legacy of them in our school.
Lots of our children have visited the prayer room so far and the comments have been very positive. The room will also be used to provide opportunities for children to experience private and personal reflection at lunchtimes throughout Lent.
GIFT Chaplaincy Team
Our Chaplaincy Team work on a number of projects aimed at supporting everyone in our community to live by The Gospel Values.
The purpose of our pupil chaplains is to promote friendship, love and respect in school and in the wider community and to help to uphold the school mission statement.
Our Chaplaincy Team will undertake the following activities during the year:
- Planning and delivering collective worship to the younger children
- Helping to prepare class and whole school masses
- Taken an active role in assemblies
- Introduce the Alternative Advent Countdown collection for The Foxton Centre
- Produce art work for the prayer room and displays around school
- Decided on the school’s Lenten charity- CAFOD – and made posters promoting the campaign
- Setting up prayer stations and helping the younger children use them.
Faith in Action
The Faith in Action Award, the CYMFed National Catholic Award Scheme, challenges young people in school years 6 to 11 to put their faith into action in their schools, parishes and in the wider community.
There are four Awards for different age-groups: Pin, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each Award requires a level of commitment to service and to reflection. Participants keep a Journal and, to complete the Award, they present a piece of work, in a medium of their choice, to represent their personal faith in action journey.
Many of our Primary Year 6 pupils already live out their faith in generous service to others. The Award seeks to recognise, affirm and celebrate all that they do as individuals and as a group. The award enhances parish-school cooperation.
Our Year 6 children are invitied to participate in the Faith in Action Programme. The children work towards their PIN award while they are in Year 6 and they can continue the award when they move to secondary school.
To find out more information about the award please click the logo below:
The children had a wonderful time preparing for Christmas this year. Usually our EYFS and KS1 children perform the Christmas story but this was not possible in 2020. Instead, each class read part of ther Christmas story and sang a Carol. It was lovely to hear the children singing in different languages and using Makaton to perform the actions. Usually our children visit local venues to sing Christmas Carols and we hope to be able to do this in 2021.
As part of our Christmas preparations we think of those less fortunate than ourselves. In 2020 the children brought in food and gifts for Foxton House.
In September our children celebrate the Harvest Festival by bringing in food to distribute to local people and food banks. The church is always beautifully decorated and we welcome the families to join us to celebrate the harvest. Our Faith in Action group write bidding prayers which are read in the mass and they distribute Harvest poems to the parishoners at the end of the mass.
On the 11th November the whole school join in prayer to remember those who gave their lives for us. The children in Year 2 were asked to make a poppy as a homework task and they produced a wonderful display in the hall. Thank you to all the parents who worked with their child to make a poppy.