Religious Education is at the core of our curriculum, allowing us to develop children's religious literacy, knowledge and understanding of their faith. We follow the 'Come and See' RE scheme of work, which is based on the truth revealed by God about ourselves, our life together and our ultimate destiny with God.
In September 2012 the school, like all of those in the Nottingham diocese, replaced the ‘Here I Am’ syllabus with a new programme called ‘Come and See’.
‘Come and See’ invites pupils to explore the religious aspects of life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Pupils reflect on personal experiences and links are made with the Catholic faith as well as other faith traditions.
At the heart of our RE curriculum are our 'Big Questions', which ultimately drive the learning of the topic. These questions remain open ended and challenging, providing children with opportunities to engage with the deepest questions of life (Peter 3:15), encouraging pupil collaboration, discussion and reflection. Children are exposed to the mystery of God, the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Church, lives of Saints and the relationship between faith and life. Please find the ‘Topic and Big Questions’ grid below.
RE is a core subject and, in line with the Bishops' Conference recommendations, 10% of teaching time is allocated to RE per week. This equates to two hours for Infant classes, and two and a half hours for Junior classes.
A variety of teaching methods and resources are used, including stories from the Bible, songs and hymns, role play, liturgical dance, creative activities, videos and discussion.
The pupils study three themes each term and 63 topics in total from Reception through to Year 6.
The themes are:
- Advent term: Our church - Family, Baptism and Confirmation - Belonging, Advent and Christmas - Loving.
- Lent term: Local church - Community, Eucharist - Relating, Lent and Easter - Giving.
- Pentecost term: Pentecost - Serving, Reconciliation - Inter-relating, Universal church - World.
All of the topics are rooted in the children's own experiences in life and our teachers then extend the learning further through reflection and purposeful activities. We look at scripture passages that match the topic being covered and unpick the meaning and how we can use this Scripture to enhance our lives and help us to be better Christians.
We assess our children in RE using the Nottingham Diocese End of Year Expectations document, which uses key driver words for each year group. We make use of external and internal moderation opportunities to ensure the quality of teacher’s judgments, as well as half-termly book scrutinies to ensure work is engaging and is sufficiently challenging for all pupils.
During the academic year, two other faiths are also taught; during the Advent term we learn about Judaism and during the Pentecost term, we discover more about another world religion such as Islam, Sikhism or Hinduism.
Each term, parents receive an information sheet that details what the pupils will cover as well as some suggested activities that can be done at home to support pupils. Please find these in the attachments below.
Examples of the children's work by year group:
Feedback from parents
'What do you like most about RE at Christ the King?'
'As a parent, I clearly see that the religious education provision at CTK is exemplary. Whilst complying with the national curriculum requirement, CTK goes way beyond this with the 'Come and See' programme. The visit of Sr. Anna to promote the teaching of Christian meditation and the provision of Class Masses, which I can personally vouch for as such a wonderful aid to the understanding of the basics of Catholic Church worship, have amongst other additions to our RE provision, proved to be so inspiring to our children.' - Year 3 parent
'The organisation, the planning of everything and their absolute care of every single child.' - Yr 4 parent
'My children came home last year after the Easter liturgy very enthusiastic and able to recount to me in great detail, the stories and meaning of Holy Week. I was so impressed that they understood the meaning of Lent and Easter and were interested and excited to learn more. From this, it is clear that the teachers absolutely know the subject. I hold Catholic schools in very high regard, and Christ the King is a wonderful example of this. My children are at ease with their religious upbringing and I can only see benefits from having a Catholic Life at school as well. They understand about having faith in God, being kind to one another and the messages that Jesus taught us and this is definitely reinforced at school. ' - Year 2 parent