Religious Education at OLM
At OLM we use the Come and See programme to teach Religious Education in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. The programme of study was written by a group of experienced diocesan advisors.
Each year group from EYFS to year 6 have their own list of focus topics to teach throughout the academic year. The topics coincide with the church calendar however, the depth in which the topic is explored is dependent upon the respective age of the child. For example, during Lent, whilst all children will learn about the plight of Christ, in Early Years children will consider the importance of growing and new life; Key Stage 1 children explore the effect of change and opportunities, with Key Stage 2 children considering the importance of self-discipline, sacrifice, death and new life.
At the centre of the programme 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.
We have been using Come and See for approximately 10 years now. This decision was based upon looking at other schemes, and talking to other local schools. We decided to use Come and See as this seemed to have a good balance of child friendly material which allowed children to explore the teachings of the Catholic church through age-appropriate activities. Teachers were also able to use teachings from Margaret Carswell to supplement Come and See lessons. Come and See also provides planning for other faiths for all year groups. This planning also covers different topics each year so that by the time children reach Year 6, they have covered all the topics and have a deeper understanding of the faith.
The long-term plan is for everyone to follow the same scheme of work to teach RE but this is something that the diocese is working on and we are awaiting further guidance around this