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'With Jesus, we learn as a joyful family and flourish to be the best that we can be'

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Subject Leaders – Mrs Bancroft & Mrs Stokes

 

Our Mission Statement:

 

'With Jesus, we learn as a joyful family and flourish to be the best that we can be'

 

At St. Mary’s and St. Benedict’s we use the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education programme to teach RE throughout our school. ‘Come and See’ is a progressive programme of study designed to help children learn about the Catholic faith using scripture, images, video clips and prayer. We enrich this curriculum by providing additional artefacts, materials and texts to accompany the Come and See curriculum.

 

The programme follows a consistent process in each topic; Explore, Reveal, Respond. It provides opportunities for children to reflect on their learning and engage in collective worship.

 

The ‘Come and See’ curriculum will also be supported by:

  • Children engaging in mass by preparing and presenting readings in masses in church and school.
  • Children preparing and joining in with collective worships in class.
  • Children preparing and presenting assemblies linked to the Gospel of the week.
  • Children’s engagement with the chaplaincy team who present to each class regularly.
  • Children’s involvement in various aspects of community life in the parish such as Pentecost Day, Advent celebrations and Easter assemblies.

Come and See Overview:

 

Religious Education in our School

 

Collective Worship

Collective Worship is an essential part of the daily life of our school. As part of our Come and See scheme, we use collective worship to reflect on our learning at the end of a topic. Our Chaplaincy team also lead collective worships with our younger classes. As the children move throughout the school, they begin to plan and lead their own collective worship.

 

                                                              

 

Celebration Assemblies

Each week one of our classes leads our Celebration Assembly in front of the school and parents. The children prepare and present a celebration linked to the Gospel of the week.

 

                       

 

Our Chaplaincy Team

Our Chaplaincy Team work on a number of school and parish wide projects to support everyone in our community to live by The Gospel Values. When children begin in Year 6 they can become part of our Chaplaincy team and support others in their spiritual journey.

Our Chaplaincy team are excellent Catholic role models, promoting friendship, love and respect in school and in the wider community. They help us live by our school mission statement of

'With Jesus, we learn as a joyful family and flourish to be the best that we can be'.

 Our Chaplaincy Team holds events with the Parish: collective worships, a Rosary Lunch and coffee mornings help raise money for charities and RE resources in school. With the money raised, we have managed to buy collective worship resources for each class along with class bibles.

 

Our Chaplaincy Team will undertake the following activities during the year:

  • Planning and presenting collective worship to the younger children
  • Actively participating in assemblies
  • Planning and presenting in class and whole school masses
  • Being involved in our church liturgical year, including special seasons such as AdventChristmasLent, and Easter.
  • Planning parish events such as Rosary lunches, parish coffee mornings and collective worships.
  • Presenting whole school events/ initiatives such as Pentecost Day or charitable events such as CAFOD.

 

British Values

At St Mary and St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, we reinforce British values in the following ways:

As a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the Gospel Values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life. We believe through the teaching of our school curriculum, we promote tolerance, acceptance, peace, being non-judgmental, humility, justice, the dignity of each human being, forgiveness, generosity, fairness, discipline and hope.

 

You can find out more about how we promote British Values here.

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SEND Pupils

For further information on how we cater for the needs of SEND pupils, please visit our SEND page and refer to our SEND policy.

 

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Our 2020-2021 Journey…

 

Christmas Preparations

The children had a wonderful time preparing for Christmas this year. In our Reception class, they performed the Christmas story through ‘The Blessing of the Crib’ performance. Our KS1 children also performed the Christmas story through the nativity ‘Baubles’ to remind us of the true message of Christmas. Even though we could not perform our nativities in the usual way, the children were filmed and the performances became available online for parents to view. Well done to all the children involved and thank you to all the parents for your continued support.

 

Christmas Food bank

We are so fortunate that our generous children and families donate weekly donations to our food bank to support many families in our community. Over the Christmas period, the generosity shown by our families was overwhelming!

 

Alongside food donations, many families provided wrapped gifts for children of the families using the food bank. The response from parents was incredible and we thank you for supporting your community at this difficult time.

 

Remembrance Day

On the 11th November the whole school held a minutes silence to remember those who gave their lives for us. Children throughout the school were given a homework task to decorate a poppy to display in their windows at home. Alongside this, our Year 5 and 6 classes studied World War II and created poetry and artwork to remember the soldiers who lost their lives.

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