The purpose of Religious Education as St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School is to nurture the Catholic Faith, and its teachings, in our children. By helping them to live this faith, we hope to encourage our children to develop a better relationship with God and others around them.
RE is a core subject at St Christopher’s school. It is mainly delivered through the religious education programme ‘Come and See’, but is also encouraged through links with home, the Parish Church, the local community and other subject areas. RE is integral to all aspects of our school life.
“All Catholic schools are required to teach other religions as part of the Religious Education in the curriculum. This is a feature of Catholic R. E in all stages of a child’s development, from the beginning of primary school until the end of secondary school. . .it is required by the bishops, who state that the Catholic nature of our schools entails a willingness to try to understand better the religions of one’s neighbour…” (Quote from an article issued by the Catholic Education Service.)
As part of our RE work, the children have been learning about Judaism.
Nursery and Reception looked at Hannukah, the Jewish festival of lights. Year one heard about the story of the family of Abraham. Shabbat was the focus for year 2, who looked at why Saturdays are special days for Jewish people. Year 3 children looked at the Synagogue, the Jewish place of worship. Year 4 explore the Torah. The Torah is a collection of laws, commandments, rules and stories. Year 5 looked at the festival of Passover or Pesach. During Pesach Jewish people remember the story of how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. The children in year 6 studied Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. For Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah (beginning of the Year), marks the beginning of the new year of the Jewish calendar. The ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur are called ten days of returning. (‘Yom Kippur’means ‘day of atonement’.)