“Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word, in body as well as Spirit."
(Pope Francis, June 2013)
Religious Education is a core subject and underpins the Christian values which define our St Dominic Savio community. RE is taught as an academic subject and is delivered for two hours a week in Key Stage 1 and two and a half hours in Key Stage 2. We follow 'God Matters' scheme of work which is set by the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.
Prayer is an important part of our daily routine. Daily collective worship is tied in with the theme of 'God Matters'. During Lent we pray the Stations of the Cross. In May and October we recite the Rosary, whilst during Advent, collective worship is themed alongside the Jesse Tree.
Children come to St Dominic Savio at different stages in their faith journey. Family situations vary as do children’s spiritual experiences outside school. Some may already be engaged while others may be hearing the gospel teachings for the first time. In RE lessons we aim to guide all children in:
From an early age children become familiar with Old Testament scripture and the Gospel teachings of the New Testament. As they move up through the school, they are encouraged to question and relate these teachings to their own lives. They learn that Jesus is with us today and that His messages are as relevant today as ever.
The Christian principles of love and forgiveness which emerge from our RE lessons, permeate the whole curriculum and life at St Dominic Savio. Children understand that everyone has been created in the image of Christ and that everyone is equal.
To put our faith into practice, children become involved in various charity events throughout the year which raise money for communities in need, locally, nationally and globally. We have close links with CAFOD which is involved in overseas development and our Fairtrade work supports Christ’s teachings relating to justice and equality.
While it is our primary intention to show children how to develop their own spirituality and their relationship with God, we also explore the teachings and philosophies of other world faiths. Children understand the need for tolerance in all aspects of life and we always seek to find similarities rather than differences.
At St Dominic Savio, children enjoy their RE lessons. There are many opportunities for discussion and lessons are brought to life with drama, role play and other creative activities. Parents are invited to celebrate our Masses at St John Bosco Church through the year.
Children leave St Dominic Savio confident in their understanding of their faith and comfortable in their understanding of other faiths. They know that Christ taught them to treat everyone with respect and to speak up for justice.