As a Catholic Primary school, the basic religious ethos is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within the Religious Education timetable.
The whole aim of the school is the Christian growth of the children, not simply their growth in their faith but their growing awareness of the world as a maturing Christian.
The Religious Education programme incorporates the Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools (Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales).
As a school we follow the Diocesan scheme of work ‘Learning & Growing as the People of God.’ The Strategy is divided into a number of units which cover four main areas of study.
It is through the construction of a spiral curriculum that children’s knowledge and understanding is developed. The children learn about the Liturgical Seasons of the Church’s year. They find out about the significance of each season, its particular signs and symbols and the different liturgies celebrated in each season.
The children also study both Old Testament and New Testament Scripture in order to give them familiarity and knowledge of Scripture as well as allowing them to explore and understand how our Catholic beliefs are rooted in what Scripture reveals to us.
There is a strong Sacramental focus in each year group. In particular the content of the Year 3 and Year 6 books fully prepares the children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6.
As part of the strategy the children learn about what it is to live as Christians today, how the Church is organised from global to parish level and also the opportunities which exist for them to participate in the life of the Church.
Here at St. Peter's our pupils are growing to be...
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others. Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words. Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future. Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world. Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good. Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better. Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others