Religious Education is at the centre of our curriculum. In our school we use Come and See which we supplement where appropriate. We follow guidelines set by the Westminster Diocesan Board of Education, which includes 10% of the timetable each week devoted to the Religious Education curriculum. Children are taught to respect and value the beliefs of others. We aim for children to develop their religious and moral codes to sustain them through later life and to help them develop an understanding of Christian beliefs and the faiths of others. Children are also taught about two other religions embodying our Mission Statement ‘Love One Another as I have loved you’.
Collective Worship: In addition to this, children engage in worship which plays an important role in our school. Each class gather throughout the week to worship together. This takes place in phases, classes and whole school. At Westminster Cathedral Primary worship follows the four step process of Gather, Word, Respond and Mission.
The prayer life of the school is strongly supported by our Parish Clergy, and Holy Apostles Church is a focal point for our collective worship. School masses are celebrated there or in school and the Church also provides a link with our local community. Parents are encouraged to attend many of our services.
|Unit of Work||Term|
1. Domestic Church
2. Baptism/ Confirmation
4. Advent/ Christmas
1. Local Church
3. Lent/ Easter
2. Reconciliation/ Anointing of the Sick
3. Other Faiths on a 3 year cycle (Islam/ Hinduism/Sikhism)
4. Universal Church
Prayers & Hymns
Daily prayer is an integral part of our school day and includes prayers said at the following times:
9.05 – Morning Prayer
12.05/12.30 – Grace before meals
3.20 – End of school day prayer
The children are also taught the traditional prayers said at Mass and in the home, such as the Hail Mary, Our Father and Glory Be. Other prayers said at specific times of the liturgical calendar are also taught.
The children learn a collection of hymns which they are encouraged to sing during collective worships such as assemblies, class liturgies and school masses. These hymns are practised every Tuesday during hymn practice.