The Religious Life of the School

 

 

 

 

At Cheadle Catholic we ‘Go Forward in Faith, Following in the Footsteps of Jesus’. We aim to provide the very best Catholic education for our pupils.  Cheadle Catholic is a learning community underpinned by a Catholic ethos based upon Gospel values.  Through the general and prayer life of the school as well as Religious Education, we aim to celebrate the uniqueness of every child, enabling them to reach their potential spiritually, morally, academically and socially.

 The Curriculum – Religious Education

We recognise that the school has a special part to play in helping parents to develop within the children a lasting faith commitment. Together we guide them to a meaningful relationship with God, the Father of creation, with Jesus, the Word of God, and with the Holy Spirit, who guides our every action. In school we do this in three main ways:

  1. By creating an atmosphere which pervades the whole life of the school, where the unique value of each person is recognised and respected. The most powerful agent in this process is the example of Christian conduct given by all members of staff in their actions and words and in the relationships they foster.
  2. By creating a structured liturgy appropriate to the age and ability of the children. In partnership with our parish priests opportunities are created for prayer and worship closely matching the liturgical calendar. School class masses, assemblies and services of reconciliation are all important elements in our liturgy.
  3. By delivering a planned programme of Religious Education. We use ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ scheme to provide the basis for teaching the doctrines of the Catholic Church. The children explore the religious dimensions of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with the pupils’ own experiences and with the other faith traditions

We proudly proclaim our faith and invite all to join us on our journey, but we welcome children and families of other faiths to our community and we regularly learn about other faiths and cultures.

R.E. topics
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Autumn 1
The Christian family
The Bible
Gifts from God
The kingdom of God
Autumn 2
Mary, our mother
Trust in God
The Commandments
Justice
Spring 1
Called to change
Jesus, the teacher
Inspirational people
Jesus, the bread of life
Spring 2
Eucharist
Jesus, the saviour
Reconciliation
Jesus, Son of God
Summer 1
Celebrating Easter & Pentecost
The mission of the Church
Life in the risen Jesus
The work of the Apostles
Summer 2
Being a Christian
Belonging to the Church
People of other faiths
Called to serve

 

Celebration of Worship                        

We believe that Christian worship in a Catholic school is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God.   It is our loving response in word and action to God’s invitation to enter into a relationship with God made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit. Worship is seen as an essential part of Religious experience and is therefore an integral part of our school day. We aim to actively involve children in ways which are suited to their age and stage of personal, social and religious development. Worship may take a variety of forms:

In all of our liturgies we try to make use of artefacts and visual aids which enhance the spiritual awareness of our children.

Assemblies

A whole school assembly is held at the beginning of each school week, Upper and Lower Key Stage assemblies take place on alternate Wednesdays followed by a celebration assembly on a Friday. After the whole school assembly a child from each class is encouraged to complete a written reflection and these are displayed in the school hall; an example is chosen each week to share with parents in the school newsletter.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciliation services take place during the season of Lent. The celebration includes readings, prayers and songs and the children are also given time for quiet reflection.

Class Liturgies

Within the classroom setting, liturgies may take the form of celebrations for each topic or may focus on seasonal events. Daily prayers are said in each class, in the morning, before and after lunch and at home time. These will involve formal and informal prayers with time also given for private prayer. Each classroom also has a focal point for prayer. This may be a crucifix, a poster or a special book chosen by the teacher and the children. This display changes as the year progresses. Children play a vital role in the planning and delivery of collective worship in school. With increasing independence, throughout the school, children work in pairs/ small groups to choose their own theme then plan appropriate activities to gather pupils together, select scripture, identify ways for the children to respond to The Word and plan a way to take the message forth.

Additional Opportunities

Our Year 4 children prepare a Easter reflection based upon the Passion to share with our school community. Our Year 3 children perform a nativity in the lead up to Christmas and our Year 5 children prepare a Carol Service and Advent reflection. Our Year 3 and 4 pupils, alongside their Prayer friend, attend a ‘prayer Friend’ Mass as part of the Year 3 Sacramental preparation; they also take part in a Christingle service. Our Year 6 children plan a Mass which takes place during their residential visit.

Statements to live by

To help make our distinctive understanding underpin the Catholic life and work of the school, we have introduces ‘Statements to live by’ which are based on nine guiding principles, rooted in the Christian Faith. Our medium term plan ensures that the statements are linked to the Church’s Liturgical Year; these are introduced to the children at the whole school assembly on Mondays and classes carry out follow up acts of collective worship throughout the week based on that statement of the week. The theme is mirrored as a focus for staff personal reflection time and shared worship in the weekly staff meeting.