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Come and See - letter to parents Summer 2017
Year 6 Retreat day - May 2017
Year 6 children from throughout the trust met together for a retreat day to launch their new Topic 'Common Good'. The day was led by Tom Baptist, Chaplain at Becket School in Nottingham. Throughout the day the children learnt about different saints, made their own saint, learnt how wealth is distributed throughout the world and joined together in song and prayer in an opening and closing liturgy.
Come and See - letter to parents Spring 2017
The RE Programme: Come and See
Religious Education is at the centre of all we do, here at St John Fisher. It can be seen throughout our school, not just in our RE lessons, but through Collective Worship, our links with our local parish and our behaviour towards one another.
RE is a core subject and, in line with the Bishops' Conference recommendations, 10% of teaching time is allocated to RE.
In September 2012 the school, like all of those in the Nottingham diocese, replaced the ‘Here I Am’ syllabus with a new programme called the ‘Come and See’.
The new programme invites pupils to explore the religious aspects of life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Pupils reflect on personal experiences and links are made with the Catholic faith as well as other faith traditions.
A variety of teaching methods and resources are used, including stories from the Bible, songs and hymns, role play, liturgical dance, creative activities, videos and CDs and discussion.
The pupils study three themes each term and 63 topics in total from Reception through to Year 6.
The themes are:
Autumn term: Our church - family, Baptism and Confirmation - belonging, Advent and Christmas - loving.
Spring term: Local church - community, Eucharist - relating, Lent and Easter - giving.
Summer term: Pentecost - serving, reconciliation - inter-relating, universal church - world.
All of the topics are rooted in the children's own experiences in life and our teachers then extend the learning further through reflection and purposeful activities. We look at scripture passages that match the topic being covered and unpick the meaning and talk about how we can use this Scripture to enhance our lives and help us to be better Christians.
During the academic year, two other faiths are also taught; during the autumn term we learn about Judaism and during the summer term we discover more about another world religion such as: Islam, Sikhism or Hinduism.
Each term parents receive a letter that details what the pupils will cover as well as some suggested activities that can be done at home to support pupils.
Also take a look at our 'Come and See' board in the hall to see what the children have been doing.