The God Matters education scheme is used throughout our school and is split into different themes, which are revisited and developed each year. The Infants are taught by their class teacher, whereas the Junior children are taught by our specialist RE teacher, Miss Devlin. A full breakdown of the topics for each year group can be seen under the ‘LEARNING’ dropdown and ‘Curriculum Portal’ page. For a summary please see below:
- Creation – Learning about the creation story and developing this learning to explore why we should look after God’s creation.
- Prayer, Saints and Feasts – This unit explores our relationship with God and how we celebrate our Saints.
- Advent – Looks at how we prepare for Jesus birth
- Christmas – specifically looks at the story of Christmas and what it means to us.
- Sacraments – The children develop an understanding of each of the 7 sacraments within the Catholic Faith.
- Lent – Children develop an understanding of how we prepare for Jesus’ death.
- Holy Week- Children will explore each of the different stages of Holy Week and empathise with Jesus’ and the disciples feelings throughout this time.
- Easter – Children are given the opportunities to explore the sacrifice Jesus and God made at this time.
- Revelation – developing our knowledge of how we should follow God’s laws and how we are waiting for Jesus to come again.
Religious Education is one of our core subjects and this year we are particularly focusing on challenging children in the classroom and deepening their level of understanding. To do this we use what is called DOK Levels (Depth of Knowledge), which identifies levels of thinking skills needed in order to complete activities. For example being able to recall a Bible story would be DOK Level 1, which is the easiest level. More complex processes would include comparing or proving different points of view, which would come under DOK Level 2. These levels go up to difficulty Level 4, which is Extended Strategic Thinking.
We assess topics studied in RE, using what we call age related expectation. This basically means that we judge whether children are working at the level they are expected to for their age.