The Catholic Life of the School
Our Mission Statement has recently been written by the children, along with Father Paul, Miss Wilkinson, and Mrs Pritchard. The children were very keen to include what was important/ special to them. We are very proud of our Mission Statement as we feel it captures the very essence of our lovely school.
Other prayers that are an intergral part of our school life are:
The Jubilee Year of Mercy
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: Dec 8th 2015 – Nov 20th 2016
To celebrate the 'Jubilee Year of Mercy' we are looking forward to working with other schools in our local area on projects linked to the Corporal Works of Mercy.
Assemblies at St. Patrick's
Each week, we all attend two assemblies in school. We have our key stage assembly, and we have a whole school assembly. Our assemblies give us the opportunity to come together as a school community and worship God.
On this page, a child will share their thoughts and reflections on the assemblies we have had in school.
What do we teach in Religious Education?
In RE, we are following a new scheme called 'Come and See'. This new scheme has recently been composed in response to the changes in the Religious Education Curriculum Directory. It is split up into nine themes, of which the whole school work on at the same time. There is a large focus on Scripture, as well as a large amount of resources available to enhance the teaching of RE in school. Teachers will adapt the scheme, when necessary, for it to achieve maximum impact.
In addition to the 'Come and See' scheme, children will explore other learning linked to our faith. This could be anything from finding out about CAFOD and the impact it has on those less fortunate than us, to learning about our class saint. We also use the area around us, for example our parish church, to enhance our learning and deepen our faith. We are looking forward to having some guest speakers to enrich our curriulum.
In our school, we view the teaching of RE as a fundamental part of a child's education. At every opportunity, RE is linked with other subjects, such as writing where children might compose a persuasive leaflet for fundraising, to role playing/ discussing our role in our community, in PSHE.
Below is an overview of the themes covered by each year group over an academic year:
Prayer and Liturgy
We participate in daily acts of Worship.
Within class, we have Prayer and Liturgy that is led by both teacher and children.
Sometimes we have participate in Prayer and Liturgy with our link class, or as a year group.
Below are the 'child - led' Prayer and Liturgy planning frames:
Prayer and LiturgyTheme Box
Each class has made a box full of resources that can be used in Worship. The resources were chosen by both teachers and children, and the themes of the child - led Prayer and Liturgy were agreed between them too.
Here are some children delivering liturgy in their classrooms
This term, we are having a whole - school focus on the Bible account of when Jesus met Zacchaeus. We chose thos story as we had lots of questions that we WONDERED about when we read it. These questions included:
- Why did Jesus choose Zacchaeus if he was a bad man?
- Why were the people watching angry?
- Why did Jesus not choose a good person to have dinner with?
Zacchaeus Flip Book
Bible Story Flash Cards
Garden of Praise: Zacchaeus
We have really strong links with our parish church, St. Mary's. Both Fathers Paul and Paul are regular visitors to our school. They visit us in classes, and we have even interviewed them about their vocation. We regularly hold class masses at church for the children in Years 4, 5 & 6, and Reception, KS1 & Year 3 all participate in children's liturgy led by Father Paul. In addition to this, we join people of the parish to celebrate in whole school masses regularly throughout the school year.
We asked our Year 2 children to draw pictures to show the link between our school and St. Mary's. The following pictures/ writing are what they viewed the link as:
Every month, a different year group in school produces a display in church so that all the parishioners can find out what we have been doing in school. These displays are completed by both teachers and pupils, and include a range of work. Here are some photographs of our displays in church.
This term, we will be exploring the Corporal Works of Mercy, and linking our Lenten promises to them. We will be finding out about the inspirational person linked to these people (see below), and reflecting on how we can be like them. We have people from the local community coming in to speak to us about how they have practised these works, and the impact their work had upon their own lives and those of the people they were helping.
RE & Prayer and Liturgy Policies
On 3rd October, we all came to school dressed as something silly. We did this to raise money for all those in the world that don't have enough food to eat. We think it is silly the amount of food that is thrown away every day when so many people are starving, that is why we turned silly for a day!!
We managed to raise £ 205!!! Thank you to all our parents for helping us to raise this money!
AUTUMN 1 - GLOBAL JUSTICE
This half term will focus on 'Global Justice'. We will be studying justice/ injustice and how this is happening today, as well as comparing to events from the Bible where there has been injustice. We will be working on the Carritas unit of the Common Good and are looking forward to a visitor from our local Carritas group.
AUTUMN 2 - OTHER RELIGIONS: BUDDHISM
In Autumn 2, we are going to be doing some work on Buddhism. Year 5 & 6 are going to be visiting a Buddhist Temple in Barrow and will be teaching some of the younger children about this religion, based on their out - of - school learning experience
SPRING 1: THE YEAR OF MERCY
Although we wil be spending the whole year on The Year of Mercy, we will be having a larger focus on it in the Spring Term. Please see separate page for further details.
SPRING 2: The Saints and Martyrs of Lancaster Diocese
In the latter half of the Spring term, we are going to be finding out all about the Saints and Martyrs of our diocese. We will be having special assemblies on them and will be using the diocesean website to inform our learning. We will also be sharing learning with our community through displays in our church, St. Mary's.
The Summer term will be spent around the value of 'Respect'.
Each half - term, we are going to have a focus on an area that will enhance and enrich Religious Education in our school. We will have a guest speaker, who will help us to learn more about this focus area, as well as using a wide range of resources/ outdoors/ visiting places The focuses for this year are outlined below:
Autumn 1 - CAFOD
Autumn 2 - Judaism
Spring 1 - Our Community
Spring 2 - Helping Others
Summer 1 - Bible stories - Religion through Art
Autumn 1: CAFOD
This half - term, we are going to be finding out all about CAFOD. We are looking forward to having a visit from a CAFOD leader, and will be using the website to support our learning.
On Friday, October 3rd, we will be joing in the CAFOD 'Big Silly Share'. Here we will participate in fundraising activities. We will post our work/ photo's to the page throughout this half term. To find out more about this event, look at the information below.
Here we are presenting Rosa Trefla, a CAFOD leader, the money we raised in our 'Silly Share' day:
Autumn 2: JUDAISM
In November, we spent a week finding out all about Judaism. We explored similarities and differences between Christianity and Judaism and studied reasons for these. We found out about festivals the Jewish people have and looked at some of the objects they use in their faith.
Here are some pictures of us during our focus week:
Spring 1: OUR COMMUNITY
This term, our focus has been on our local community. We have linked this to the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy and have been thinking about how we can help in our commnity. We have invited two speakers, who have worked in the community, to tell us all about their experiences, and to explain why they wanted to help people in our community.
Mrs Cadwell came to speak to our KS2 children about how she worked in the community as a nurse. She explained why she chose to be a nurse and how she has helped many people in the local area. She then explained that now she has retired, she is involved in fundraising for a charity called 'Mary's Meals'. We asked her LOTS of questions about her role and how we could be involved.
Mr. Cadwell worked in the prison service. We were very interested in his role, and how he helped all those people who are in prison. Again we have many questions for Mr Cadwell about how and why he wanted to help those people who needed it.
Our Local Priests
Father Paul and a visiting priest, Father Stephen have recently worked with Year 6. They talked to us about their roles in the community and what they have to do in their vocation. The Year 6 children were keen to ask many questions and found out how committed a priest has to be to serve the people in the community and God.
SPRING 2: HELPING OTHERS
This term, as part of the season of Lent, we have been thinking about how we can help those around us. As part of this focus, we decided to take part in the St. Patrick's School 'Kind and Caring Challenge'. We had to complete 20 kind and caring acts in Lent, and were sponsored for doing them. We raised a massive £2000!!!!! Some of this money, along with food collected, will be donated to the local food bank charity. Please see the Lent 2015 page for further information about this challenge.
SUMMER 1: BIBLE STORIES THROUGH ART
For our Art's week focus, we looked at stories from the Bible, as well as stories from other religions - including Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism. We spent time studying the stories and expressing our response through art. We also studied art with a religious meaning. All children were able to experience a diverse and enriching week and learnt lots about our own religion, as well as other religions we aren't as familiar with. Please see the Art's week section for photos.
Our focus for Arts week this year was based around stories from the Bible. We all split up into different classes and there were a range of actvities to help us explore the Bible stories in more depth. We were able to use the art as a way to express our understanding of the Bible stories. We learnt about lots of stories - including the Creation story, Moses, Noah and the Ark, Jonah and the Whale, Moses, the Birth of Jesus, as well as stories from other religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism.
Here are some pictures of us during the week:
Year 5 enjoyed a visit to Carlisle Cathedral. They found out about the features of the Cathedral and were able to compare it to the features found in a Catholic Church. Here are some of the pictures from the visit:
The Year 5 and Year 6 children recently performed The Prince of Egypt; a biblical story depicting the life of Moses.