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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Each week, St Antony’s sends out The Wednesday Word to Key Stage 2 Children, aiming to help school families draw closer to God, to the Church and to each other. The Wednesday Word particularly seeks to reach the parents who are not always able to take their baptised children to church or read the Bible together. The primary school version of The Wednesday Word is a double-sided A4 leaflet which carries the Sunday Gospel into school family homes. The children receive the leaflet in school each week for them to take home with them to read with the rest of the family. This way, the Word will be sent out (as in the Parable of the Sower and the Seed), creating a new opportunity for the Word to be present in the homes of school families connected to participating primary schools. Due to COVID 19, printing and subscription are paused for now. However online editions are available in the mean time via the Wednesday Word Website.
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.
Crowning of Our Blessed Lady was led by the School Chaplaincy Team. Two children from Year 3, who are on the Sacramental Programme, crowned Our Lady. We sang "O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today" as children from each class offered flowers.
Peace Day was celebrated by each class and uploaded to class dojo pages.
Year 6's Harvest Performance
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