RE - Religious Education


RE is a fundamental aspect of the curriculum taught here at St John Fisher School.
The children’s own experience, at the appropriate level of growth, is the basis on which
their awareness and knowledge of God is developed.
Our religious teaching is not confined to specific daily lessons but permeates the whole
life of the school in line with our School Mission Statement ‘The Heart of the Gospel is
The school serves the parishes of Blessed Dominic Barberi and Sacred Heart; there
are close links between the parishes and the school. Priests from the local parishes
regularly visit the school for Mass, prayer services, and to speak to individual classes
or year groups. Children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and
Lent here in school.
The Diocesan Scheme of Work, ‘Learning and Growing as the People of God’ is
supplemented by the celebration of the Liturgical Year of the Church. This is achieved
through class teaching and through celebrations such as attending Mass, collective
worship, assemblies and daily prayers. As part of the curriculum children will also learn
about other world faiths.
The school attends Mass at Blessed Dominic Barberi Church on major feast days and
Holy Days of Obligation and we also have Mass in school on other occasions, such
as on the feast of St John Fisher (22nd June). Families are invited to join us for Mass
and on Fridays at 9:00 am for our weekly sharing assembly.
In Year 3 the Diocesan Scheme of Work supports the preparation of the children to
receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. However,
children attend preparation classes in their own parishes. Parents are encouraged to
contact their Parish Priests at the beginning of the year to obtain details. Similarly, the
teaching of R.E. in Year 6 includes the teaching of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Preparation classes to receive the Sacrament again take place in parishes where
pupils are supported in their preparation by staff/local committee members.
Multi-cultural education is an essential element of St John Fisher School’s curriculum.
Children learn about other faiths and are given the opportunity to learn from members
of other faith communities.