The outcomes of Religious Education are Religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills - appropriate to their age and capacity - to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of Religious commitment in everyday life.
[From the Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools]
RE is considered a core subject at St. Edmund’s. RE is taught through individual RE lessons but it is also interwoven through the whole range of subjects taught throughout the school. We consider it vital for the children’s religious and spiritual development that an appropriate amount of time is set aside each week for RE lessons. As Archbishop Vincent Nicholas stated
At the heart of the understanding of life lies God, its creator.
The R.E. Curriculum followed at St Edmund’s is called ‘Come and See’ which is taught in many Catholic schools across the country. The scheme focuses on the development of knowledge and understanding of our faith and the ability to reflect on its meaning. The scheme follows the Liturgical Year, so the children learn about the Church’s major feasts and celebrations, as well as the Sacraments, the Old and New Testament and the many aspects of prayer.
As we live in a multicultural society we believe it is important that the children learn about and respect other beliefs. Throughout the school the pupils are taught about Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism through multi-faith weeks in the Autumn and Summer terms.
Throughout all the RE topics we help the children to form and develop a closer personal relationship with God through prayer and to think about what it means to be a follower of Christ in their day to day lives.
To support the Catholic life of the school we have a wide range of liturgical celebrations throughout the academic year which parents/careers are welcome to attend. The Eucharist is central to our school community and we celebrate Holy Mass at the beginning and end of each term and at other special times throughout the year.