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Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) at St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School

RE and Catholic Life Lead - Mrs Newland

Religious Education is central to our curriculum and school life at St Cuthbert Mayne. It is at the heart of everything we do. It is a core subject in the school and in line with the stipulation of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, the school spends 10% of the teaching week on Religious Education.

Children's faith journeys and understanding of their current Religious Education unit can be seen around the school. Each classroom has a prayer table with the appropriate liturgical colours, which displays items personal to the members of that class. Each classroom also has an RE display which demonstrates children's learning that half term. Each year group has its own Saint. They learn about their Saint's life and mission and celebrate on their feast day. Father Alistair joins the class on or around their feast day to offer deeper reflection on the life and work of our class saints.

The latest Catholic curriculum for RE is gradually being rolled out nationally.  At St Cuthbert Mayne, we are teaching the new Religious Education Directory (RED) in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 use the resources and materials produced by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. In September 2024, Year 2 and Year 5 will also be taught the new RED. Other year groups are currently continuing with the Come and See curriculum.  All year groups will be taught the new curriculum by September 2025 as the programme is rolled out. Learning in RE follows a spiral curriculum based on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus through scripture and in line with the liturgical year.  Assessment against the intended learning outcomes is ongoing and formally recorded termly.

Other world views are studied through one of the six curriculum branches called 'Dialogue and Encounter' where children have the opportunities to understand different faiths and perspectives. We also have a World Faiths Week which provides the opportunity for deeper learning in this area.

Find out more about your child's learning in Religious Education throughout their time at St. Cuthbert Mayne:

Religious Education Curriculum Map 

The new Religious Education Directory (RED)