Our Religious Education curriculum is based on the Learning and Growing Scheme of Work provided by the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Through this scheme, all pupils engage in high quality teaching and learning about the Catholic Faith. This includes: the Sacraments, Scripture, the Church’s Liturgical Year, living as Christians, Church teaching, vocational teaching, and much more.
The R.E. curriculum covers 10% of our weekly timetabled teaching and learning time. Within their R.E. lessons, children are encouraged to develop higher-level thinking skills and an ability to ask and respond to questions about the Faith. Reflective feedback marking from class teachers ensures that all children have an opportunity to reflect on how their learning is relevant to their personal journey of Faith.
Spiritual, Moral, Vocational, Social, Cultural Education (SMVSC)
At St. Elizabeth’s, SMVSC permeates all that we do. It is a focal point for collective worship and integral to the pastoral life of the school. Teaching and learning aims to incorporate SMVSC across the school curriculum.
Multi-Cultural Teaching and Learning
St. Elizabeth’s is a beautifully diverse and inclusive school family. Within our school family, we welcome children, staff, and families from a range of cultures and religious backgrounds. We celebrate this diversity in a number of ways.
Within our R.E. curriculum (see R.E. LTP), we plan a Multi-Cultural Week which usually takes place during the Autumn Term. During this week, classes focus their teaching and learning on a specific world religion (other than Christianity) and they are encouraged to visit a place of worship or to invite somebody in to speak to their class.
Philosophy for Children across the Primary Curriculum (P4C)
Our recent Section 48 R.E. Inspection report described the development and use of P4C in R.E. as “inspirational”. As a school, we are working hard to increase the knowledge and understanding our pupils have about the Faith. With a strong knowledge base, pupils are enabled to think more deeply about big questions, and to develop the language of discussion within philosophical enquiries. Pupils are able to express their thoughts about a particular stimulus (usually a passage of Scripture) and can share ideas, and build upon, agree and disagree (using justification to support their thoughts) with the ideas of others.
P4C is a fantastic teaching approach for developing the higher-level questioning and discussion skills of children, and we strive to incorporate these ideas across our primary curriculum.
Here are some photos of some of our children engaging in a P4C enquiry…