At St. Gabriel’s, the RE curriculum underpins all aspects of life at our school and is a fundamental part of everything we do. As a school, we teach using the Diocesan strategy, 'Learning and Growing as the People of God' to ensure that our pupils receive well-rounded and engaging RE lessons.
We assess the children regularly using the national and diocesan assessment. Children have the opportunity at the start of each unit, using the RE Unit Markers to share what they would like to learn and then assess what they feel they have learnt at the end.
In addition to the diocesan strategy, we have dedicated themed weeks. For example, Vocations Week where we look carefully at how people are called by God to fulfil their vocations; in their call to way of life, call to work and the universal call to holiness. We also have a dedicated multi-cultural week which seeks to support the children in learning about other faiths.
Along with liturgy and prayer, the RE curriculum is the foundation on which the school’s spiritual and moral growth is built. All those who learn and work at St. Gabriel's School are valued and the teaching of our faith reflects this. We also see our faith as the building blocks of our home/school links. At St. Gabriel’s, home, school and parish are linked through our Masses and charitable works.
- To help children to search for God, to meet God, to come to know God and ultimately to enter into a personal relationship with God.
- To transmit Gospel values, virtues and attitudes within the Catholic tradition. To assist the children to form and develop positive attitudes to God, to other people, to themselves and to the world around them.
- To support the growth of each child emotionally and socially into a well- integrated, self-confident adult who will be committed in a personal way to the service of God and who will have an understanding of the challenges and benefits of being a Catholic in an increasingly secular world.
- To assist children to express their faith and nurture it through prayer, liturgy and the Sacraments.
- To foster and encourage a partnership between home, school and parish in pursuit of developing the children’s Catholic faith and moral and social development.
- To enable children to develop their knowledge of God’s message through the Bible and the doctrine of the Catholic faith.
- To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum.
- To foster an understanding that our personal spirituality and faith is to considered a life-long journey rather than an inflexible body of knowledge to be gained.
- To foster acceptance and respect of the cultures and beliefs of others.