Here in St. Laurence’s school we follow the ‘Come & See’ programme for the teaching of Religious Education.
‘Come & See’ supports and enables the faith experience of all children because it starts with their real life experience and leads them to reflect upon and consider the Christian message in all its richness in that experience.
Central to the programme are three basic human questions:
Where do I come from? Who am I? Why am I here?
Each class covers 9 topics throughout the year developed through three themes: Church, Sacrament and Christian Living.
In each topic there are opportunities for the children to participate in community worship in an ‘active, conscious and genuine’ way. They explore the human values and symbols involved in celebration.
Religious Education is taught discretely and is 10% of each teacher’s weekly timetable.
Two weeks of the year are given over to the study of other faiths – one of which is always Judaism – “since Christians and Jews have such a common spiritual heritage.” We alternate the other religions of Hinduism, Islam or Sikhism. As our children live in a fast changing global world, where communication and travel opens them to diversity and challenge – it is important that we prepare them for this. The teaching of other religions for our children is about how the members of that faith community live as a family and how they worship; each religion is taught separately in order to avoid confusion.