St Mary's Catholic School Ellerslie - We provide a Catholic Education for the whole child

Religious Education Learning and

Faith Development  

'For we walk by faith, not by sight' 2 Corinthians 5:7

Time allocations for the Religious Education programme are as set down by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference:

 Year 1 & 2         1 hour 40 minutes per week        5 x20 minutes

Year 3 & 4         1 hour 40 minutes                             5 x 20 or 4x25 minutes

Year 5 & 6         2 hours                                                  4 x 30 minutes

In addition to teaching the content of the RE programme, teachers at St Mary's Catholic Primary School develop in their classrooms a sense of God and the sacred, through daily classroom prayer, participation in Masses, assemblies and other liturgical celebrations.

Classroom prayer is an important part of the daily programme and a well maintained prayer focus area is evident in each classroom. Various approaches to classroom prayer are used

Whole school Masses occur throughout the year, on major feast days of the Church's Liturgical Year and fortnightly classroom masses on Friday mornings at 9.00am. Our student's experience of Liturgy is an important part of their faith development and every effort will be made to ensure that all Liturgies / Masses are of the highest standard and meaningful and memorable for the children. Students are actively involved in these to develop a sense of participation and ownership.

Family Whanau Book Every Family is expected to purchase a Family Whanau book which provides information to support the Religious Education programme in the home.

Student Religious Education Book These books provide an important link between the home and the school. They are sent home regularly and parents are to be encouraged to discuss the learning activities with the children and to write a comment at the end of each strand. The books are given high priority in terms of presentation, quality of work, quality of teacher monitoring and home/school links. 

Curriculum Content

The expected learning in Religious Education is spread through six Learning Strands and four Learning Modules.  These contain the basic content areas to be covered in Religious Education.

The Learning Strands - Click the link for the 2014 RE Learning Overview

The Learning Strands are connected and they are designed to increase the students' knowledge and skills in Religious Education and to help them develop Christian attitudes and values.

 There are six Learning Strands:

GOD – TE ATUA – I0 MATUA KORE
Focus:

Year 1  God is Creator

Year 2   Our Gracious God

Year 3   God is Present in the World

Year 4   God is Love

Year 5   God is Faithful

Year 6   Who is God?

 JESUS CHRIST – HEHU KARAITI

Focus:

Year 1   Jesus – My Friend

Year 2   Jesus Showed his Love in Different Ways

Year 3   Jesus Gives himself in the Eucharist

Year 4  Jesus Came to Show People How to Live and Lead them to God

Year 5   The Life of Jesus

Year 6   Jesus – the Fullness of God's Revelation

 
THE HOLY SPIRIT – TE WAIRUA TAPU
Focus:

Year 1   God the Holy Spirit

Year 2   The Holy Spirit in people's lives

Year 3   The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Year 4   Pentecost

Year 5   Titles and Symbols of the Holy Spirit

Year 6   Baptism and the Holy Spirit

 CHURCH – Community of Disciples -TE WHANAU A TE KARAITI

Focus:

Year 1   Belonging

Year 2 Gathering, Celebrating, Living, God's Presence

Year 3   Called to be Like Jesus

Year 4   Called to Service

Year 5   The Church Celebrates

Year 6   The Church as a Pilgrim People

 

SACRAMENT – HAKARAMET

Focus:

Year 1   Holiness

Year 2   Welcome

Year 3   Forgiveness

Year 4   Food for Life

Year 5   Healing

Year 6   Confirmed in the Spirit

 
COMMUNION OF SAINTS - TE KOTAHITANGA O TE HUNGA TAPU

 Focus:

Year 1   Mary

Year 2   Saints and Inspiring People

Year 3   Life, Death and Christian Hope

Year 4   Choices

Year 5   Saints and Inspiring People

Year 6   Mary

The Learning Modules

These Modules are used at the appropriate times of the year and are essential learning material.

The Learning Modules are:

 THE LITURGICAL YEAR– TE TAU ME ONA RITENGA TAPU

 Focus:

The Liturgical Seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and important feast days of the Liturgical Calendar.

 PRAYER – TE KARAKIA

 Focus:

§         Introducing Children to Prayer

§         Traditional and Devotional Prayer

§         Imaginative Prayer and Meditation

SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATIONS – NGA RITENGA HAKARAMETA

This Module is a resource  used to support the Sacramental Preparation in the Parish.

MYSELF AND OTHERS – KO AU KO, RATOU

This Module is a resource used in conjunction with the Health Curriculum when teaching Strands A, B and D.  This Module  helps to teach the Health Curriculum from a Catholic perspective.