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 (see photos and pupil comments below).
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 Club and Philosophy for Children across the Primary Curriculum (P4C)
Children in KS2 are invited to attend a weekly after-school Philosophy Club. During these sessions, children are invited to listen to and reflect on a passage from Scripture. The children are then invited to ask and discuss questions about the stories they have heard. The Philosophy Club provides a fantastic opportunity for children to explore their personal response to God’s Word in Scripture, and to develop higher-level thinking skills.
Here are some photos from our Philosophy Club…