Religious Education at St. Augustine’s Catholic Voluntary Academy
We teach the ‘Come and See’ programme of Catholic Religious Education for Foundation and Key Stages 1 and 2. The programme of Study, written by a group of experienced Diocesan advisors, has been in place at our school for a number of years. The child-friendly material allows children to explore the teachings of the Catholic Church through the use of age-appropriate resources and activities.
The programme has been developed to respond to the needs of children today in their individual faith journey, to enable them to grow in their religious literacy and understanding in a way that is coherent with current educational principles.
At the heart of the programme itself is the mystery of God’s self-revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through scripture and tradition.
Come and See is developed through 3 themes, based on the documents of the Second Vatican Council, which are gradually explored each time at greater depths. They are Church, Sacraments, and Christian Living. The Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the human search for meaning, God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us in our response of the faith.
This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through;
Explore: This is the introduction to the topic where the children’s life experience is explored, the questions it raises are wondered at, shared, investigated and their significance reflected on.
Reveal: This is the heart of the programme where knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith is revealed through the Word, in Scripture, Tradition, doctrine, prayers, rites and Christian living.
Respond: This is where the learning is assimilated, celebrated and responded to in daily life.