Religious Education at St John's
Religious Education at St John's allows children to gain an understanding, question, and explore our core beliefs as Catholics. We mainly use the 'Come and See' scheme of work to do this (See 'Support your child' document for further information), but it is not just through your child's RE book that we teach our Gospel values. Christ is at the centre of everything we do - our vision, mission and 6 key values reflect this. We encourage each other to contemplate in prayer and live out our faith in 'not just words but deeds'. We believe our faith should be reflected in what we say, how we behave, how we react to various situations and what we give back to society. St John himself spread God's message of love, tolerance and respect for each other. We believe at St John's we are encouraging our children to do exactly this, in a safe environment where they are encouraged to explore and learn from their mistakes. Hard work and success is rewarded and celebrated, not just through certificates and prizes, but in the love we give and receive from each-other: The intrinsic rewards of God's love. Our wider St John's community is an active and vibrant one and we support each other 'Growing and learning in the footsteps of Jesus'.
It is very important for us to also develop the child's knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of today's society. RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It not only develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our own Roman Catholic faith but of other principal religions too.
RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development, well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. Often we teach RE through other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. We offer opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.
Our children are nurtured in the faith, encouraged to question and explore their faith, learn to appreciate other faiths, and are challenged to live out their faith to make a difference to society. For a more in-depth view please read our 'Religion Handbook'.