Religious Education at Holy Family is taught through the 'In God's Name' programme. Drawing on its foundation documents, the Religious Education Curriculum Directory and the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales Levels of Attainment, 'In God's Name' presents a Catholic world view through learning about the Traditions of the Church, Human Experience, Creation and Scripture, named as the sources of revelation in Dei Verbum.
Arranged to cycle through the life of Jesus as the Catholic Church does, the resource is framed around the Liturgical Year. Over three years the resource prioritises hearing the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, while it moves through the seasons of Advent, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time. Links between resources develop naturally; theologies introduced in one unit are consolidated in another. We are currently in Year B therefore children are exploring Mark's Gospel.
Spring A: Jesus at Prayer
Our topic for this term is 'Jesus at Prayer' which focuses on mainly Jewish content. This is because of the Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate: The declaration on the relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. Nostra Aetate [NA] speaks explicitly about the need to remember ‘the bond that spiritually ties the people of the New Covenant to Abraham's stock’.
The children will be exploring the question, 'Why is it important to know about the Jewish faith, as Christians?' Children will learn about the story of Exodus and retell the story of the final plague and the passing over of the angel of death. They will also make links between the exodus and beliefs in the presence of God, as well as describing some ways that people, because of their religion, act in a particular way.