Religious Education Aims
Religious Education has an important role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, vocational and cultural development. Our pupils will be respectful and open-minded towards others with different faiths and beliefs and develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.
Here at the Rosary we aim to fulfil our Mission Statement – Jesus Christ, Son of Mary, Son of the God is the centre of the Rosary community, where we live, love and learn together - through the delivery of the curriculum and through the messages inherent in the values which we share and permeate through all areas of school life.
Religious Education is not solely about developing each child's religious knowledge. It is concerned with providing opportunities and experiences through which each child can grow and develop in their faith and spirituality. As a school, we aim to develop every child's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural skills as a part of the RE programme linking to the teachings of Christ. Furthermore, it is concerned with providing opportunities whereby each child can experience expressions of our Catholic culture and heritage.
Our school follows the curriculum strategy – Learning and Growing as the People of God - provided by the Archdiocese of Birmingham for teaching RE in a Catholic primary school.
RE is allocated 10% of curriculum time in line with the expectations of the Archdiocese. In Key Stage 2 this is two and half hours per week and in Key Stage 1 this is two and a quarter hours. Children will participate in whole school masses, class masses, hymn practices and prayer services.
It is suggested that two lessons per week should be allocated to the Programme of Study for RE, whilst a third lesson could be story, song or reflective meditation to reinforce that week's teaching.
Click the link at the bottom of the page to see an overview of the units every year covers.
Our school also teaches children about other faiths in our world through our annual ‘Multicultural Week.’ During this time the children from Nursery to Year 6 learn about a different religion and visit different places of worship.
Collective worship is an integral part of school life at the Rosary. Different forms of collective worship that take place at our school include:
* During the week pupils from all year groups gather together for Whole School assemblies and Good Work assemblies.
* Prayer services and class masses take place on alternate weeks in the school chapel or the Church chapel.
* We gather for Whole School Masses on Holy Days of Obligation.
* Every weekly the children take part on hymn practice.
* Each classroom has a dedicated prayer area where the class pray at regular intervals throughout the day.
* Time and opportunities are given for personal prayer.
* Our Faith council gather together every half term to discuss the faith in our school.
At the Rosary, the children receive three Sacraments:
* The Sacrament of Reconciliation - Year 3
* First Holy Communion - Year 3
* Confirmation - Year 6
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is received by Catholic children in Year 3. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, allows children the chance to say sorry to God for the things they have done that have hurt God, others and themselves, so that they can grow closer to God.
Children in Year 3 also receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Taking this Sacrament enables the children to receive the Body of Christ for the first time.
Children in Year 6 receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. During this Sacrament, the children confirm their Baptismal promises and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
At the Rosary, each class has a class Saint which the children pray to each day.
The children ask their class Saint to intercede for them each day at the end of prayers as they say "Saint X, pray for us."
Take a look at the different year group pages to see who our class Saints are.