Religious Education at Holy Cross
In Religious Education Holy Cross Catholic Primary Academy has adopted the scheme of work “Come and See”. Religious Education of our pupils not only imparts knowledge as the pupils learn about their Faith, but also deepens their relationship and friendship with God. This is done through deepening prayer both informally and formally through individual prayer, class worship, liturgies and celebration of Mass.
The three main themes which are studied cyclically in “Come and See” can be seen below with a particular emphasis on the Sacramental Life of the Church.
‘Come and See’ is developed through three themes which are gradually explored each time at greater depths. They are:
Community of faith - Church
Celebration in ritual - Sacraments
Way of life - Christian Living
A sacrament is something that uses signs – usually a combination of words and actions. By interpreting these signs correctly we can find out what the Sacrament is doing for those who receive it. The signs are not just words and actions that have a message for those who are celebrating it; they give those who receive them a gift. This gift which we call grace, is given by Jesus whom we meet in the Sacrament, to deepen and develop our relationship with Him.
Through the Sacraments God helps us to grow in friendship with Him.
Sacramental Themes in Come and See
In Come and See, a Sacramental theme is studied each term.
Autumn – Belonging ~ born into Christ’s life.
Pupils study Baptism at Key Stage 1. At Key Stage 2 pupils will learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament of Ordination and the Sacrament of Marriage.
Spring – Relating ~ God’s love in our lives ~ Eucharist.
In the Spring term after learning about the local Church community, the Sacrament of the Eucharist is explored. This is the Sacrament of Communion with Christ and the Church. This sacrament is at the heart of ‘Come and See’ since it is at the heart of Christ nourishing his people.
Summer – inter-relating ~ service to the community ~ Reconciliation.At Key Stage 1 pupils study the Sacrament of Reconciliation. At Key Stage 2 children will learn about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.