Over the last few weeks of the Summer half term, most of our Year 3 and 4 Communion classes were able to celebrate their First Holy Communions. The remaining children will make theirs in the Autumn term, due to a COVID lockdown. Despite all of the COVID restrictions still in place, the children had a lovely day completing their next step in their Catholic journey. Congratulations to all children and parents involved, and may God bless you all.
The Year of St Joseph
This year has been declared the Year of St Joseph, and as a school, we are celebrating each month. It has been 150 years since St Joseph became the Patron Saint of the Universal Church, and after our difficult year, Pope Francis has recognised the need for everyone across the world to band together and help each other. St Joseph, like so many people during the COVID-19 crisis, was patient and kind and loving. He was just an ordinary person, not in the limelight, not particularly important, but doing his best to make the world a better place, to be a good leader for his family, and to help where he could. St. Joseph loved Mary and Jesus very much and we can look up to him as a fantastic father figure in the church. St Joseph worked hard, loved his family and helped everybody. We celebrated St Joseph on Fathers' Day in school.
Because he was a carpenter, we decorated wooden bookmarks whilst we learned about what an inspiration he is.
Holy Week at St Clare's
Leading up to the most important dates in our Liturgical Calendar, Holy Week was full of solemn and joyful reflections here at St Clare's. The children travelled with Jesus to the cross and beyond, and celebrated the sacrifice he made for us.
As a whole school, we made crosses to reflect Jesus' sacrifice. You can see those in our galleries below.
Each class also participated in a range of activities to help the children reflect on the story, the message and the signs and symbols of Holy Week.
Religion Curriculum Overview
As a Catholic School, we want to work closely with the home and parish to create an atmosphere where, through teaching and example, our children will be helped to enter into a loving relationship with God our Father and with each other as members of God’s family. Our children will be strengthened by their academic knowledge of the Catholic religion and it's practices in Mass and in daily life, but perhaps more importantly, their spirituality will be nurtured as they question, understand and apply the Catholic teachings to their every day lives.
At St Clare's R.C. Primary School, we believe that a child’s spiritual, moral and social development is every bit as important as their academic development. This means, in Religious Education, we are not just teaching a curriculum subject but also a living faith.
The following aims and objectives are taken from the Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools published for the Bishops’ Conference by the Catholic Education Service.
Religious Education in Catholic schools aims to promote:
- Knowledge and understanding of Catholic faith and life
- Knowledge and understanding of the response of faith to the ultimate questions about human life, its origin and purpose
- The skills required to engage in examination and reflection upon religious belief and practice
The objectives of Religious Education in Catholic schools are:
- to develop knowledge and understanding of the mystery of God and Jesus Christ, of the Church and the central beliefs which Catholics hold
- to develop awareness and appreciation of Catholic belief, understanding of its impact on personal and social behaviour and of the vital relationship between faith and life, life and death
- to encourage investigation and reflection by pupils to develop appropriate skills; for example, ability to listen, to think critically, spiritually,
- to acquire knowledge and organise it effectively
- to make informal judgements
- to foster appropriate attitudes for example: respect for truth, respect for the views of others, awareness of spiritual and moral responsibility and of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life, especially the challenge of living a multicultural, multi faith society. (Curriculum Directory P.10)
The outcome of Religious Education is religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life. (Curriculum Directory P.6)
Praying during Lockdown
We would encourage children to carry on daily worship at home with their families if they are able to during these difficult times. Here are some useful links to help you if you need any resources.
Year Group Prayers
At St Clare's, we teach our students through both traditional and modern forms of prayer. Below, you will find the key prayers that we teach in each Year Group. Whilst you're at home during this difficult time, use them to pray and strengthen your relationship with our Heavenly Father as a family.
Year Group Prayers