‘Follow me, I will make you fishers of men’
(taken from the coat of arms of St John Fisher).
In our school we want to follow the example of St John Fisher. He was known for his holiness, his faithfulness to the Church and for his learning and his work opening Universities.
We put our faith into action by helping the poor in Leicester and our brothers and sisters in the Third World.
Each child is trusted to use their unique abilities and this is shown through caring for one another.
The children said:
“Learn how to love like Jesus.
We love one another like Jesus loved us.
Love everyone not just yourself.
Listen to everyone and love them every day.
Don’t fall out, be nice to one another.”
Faith Inspiration Caring
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.
Our Chaplaincy team is made up of pupils from year 3 to 6. They meet weekly with Mrs Johnson, who is our School Chaplain.
Please see the Chaplaincy page for updates.