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Religious Education

Religious Education at St. Antony's invites each child to enter into a personal and profound relationship with Christ. We are committed to allowing each individual to explore their own faith and develop their relationship with God and what HE wants them to be. It respects and promotes each child's innate capacity for wonder, awe, reverence and spirituality. Our teaching of Religious Education enables children to continually deepen their theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively. 

 

                                                                           

Curriculum 

As a Catholic School we are committed to the Catholic Faith holding Religious Education at the heart of the curriculum. This allows our children to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum. 

 

It is allocated a total teaching time of approximately 10% of available curriculum time for each year group, as recommended by the Bishops of England and Wales. Planning and timetables take account of this. The 10% time allocation does not include collective acts of worship; it is specific RE teaching.

At St Antony's we strive to ensure that the children receive the best quality teaching across the curriculum as well as RE. All  Religious Programmes  are to be directed by the Religious Education Curriculum Directory (3-19) for Catholic Schools and Colleges in England and Wales. 

The RE Curriculum is delivered primarily through the diocesan approved Religious Education Programme, ‘Come and See’  - central to this programme are three basic human questions and the three Christian beliefs that are the Church’s response in faith: 

Where do I come from? Life-Creation 

Who am I? Incarnation 

Why am I here? Redemption

Within the ‘Come and See’ programme, these three big questions are considered, in the light of the Scriptures and Tradition of the Church; as expressed in the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Class Saints

 

Each class has their own saint which they will learn about. This gives the children the opportunity to learn about a range of saints in great detail throughout their time in school. Through their learning, the children will celebrate the lives of the saints and take guidance from how they lived their lives to make Christ known to all.

By learning about the life of saints, it is a constant reminder that we ourselves are called to be saints. 

 

On the feast day of the class saint, the children will hold a special celebratory day that will begin with a leading a class assembly about their saint followed by a treat in the afternoon. Also their learning is shared for all to see with a  a display in their classroom about their class saint.

 

Children will all celebrate the feast day of St Antony on June the 13th with a whole school mass. 

 

Class saints 

Nursery and Reception – St Patrick – March 17th

Year 1 - St Francis of Assisi – October 4th

Year 2 – St Dunstan – May 17th

Year 3 – St- Brigid – February 1st

Year 4 – St Sebastian – January 20th

Year 5 – St Andrew – November 30th

Year 6 – St Vincent de Paul – September 27th

'Life to the Full' parent portal letter

Learning about other World Faiths

Learning about the religion and cultures of those who do not share the Catholic faith is one of the ways in which Catholic schools embody the call to love one’s neighbour. As the Church says, “The love for all men and women is necessarily also a love for their culture. Catholic schools are, by their very vocation, intercultural.” (Congregation for Catholic Education p61).

 

At St. Antony’s, as part of our RE teaching, there is an diocesan requirement that encourages us to celebrate other world faiths and teach our children about the similar values that can be found in the world faiths practised in our communities. Our children learn how members of that faith community live as a family and how they worship. Just like Jesus showed respect for those within and outside his own faith community, the children learn to respect the beliefs and traditions of others. This prepares our children  for life in modern Britain, giving them an understanding of the beliefs of others. This in turn will improve social cohesion and contribute to the common good by increasing mutual respect between those of different religions.

 

As part of our RE curriculum children take part in two, week long Inter-Faith Weeks and have the opportunity to visit other places of worship and also listen to visitors talk about their own faith. We are very fortunate to work closely with the Blackburn with Darwen Inter-Faith Forum. 

 

Some of our Prayer Areas around school

Worship

 

Prayer and Worship in a Catholic school is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God’s invitation to enter into relationship with Him, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit. Prayer Life at St Antony's is integral in everything we do as we strive to deliver a Christ centred curriculum for all. 

Statements To Live By

In Key Stage 2 we have a different 'Statement To Live By' introduced in Key Stage 2 worship each week, which helps us live our life as Jesus taught us to. These statements are displayed in each classroom and in the reflection area. Further discussion is completed throughout the week in class.

Church's Liturgical Year

As an integral part of our Catholic ethos, all pupils are made aware, throughout the school year, of the changes and celebrations relating to the Church's Liturgical Year. Worships, liturgies, reconciliation services, plays and concerts link directly with the season of the church. The children are aware of the liturgical changes with the changing colours of our cloths and displays.

World Book Day 

On World Book Day 2020, we celebrated the greatest book of all the Bible.

 

We dressed as characters from the Bible and shared our favourite parables and Old Testament stories. 

Peace Day was celebrated by each class and uploaded to class dojo pages.

Harvest

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Each class celebrated harvest and shared their learning with parents via class dojo.

Advent

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Mrs McGowan has posted weekly for Advent on dojo.

Year 6's Harvest Performance

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