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Religious Education at St Mary and St Benedict


The vision of St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School is to develop the spiritual, academic, social, moral and cultural growth of every child within a caring Catholic environment where life is centred on Christ’s teachings, allowing each child to achieve their God-given potential.  This vision is encapsulated in the school’s Mission Statement ‘Together With Christ Everyone Achieves More.’


As a Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Birmingham we follow ‘Learning & Growing as the People of God’ as the basis for the Religious Education strategy.  This programme is produced by the Archdiocese of Birmingham for children from Early Years to Year 6.  A wide variety of other materials are used to support this programme and ensure we are inclusive of the multicultural needs represented by the pupils of our school.


Religious Education has the highest priority in the curriculum.  R.E. not only takes its place alongside other subjects, but cuts across subject boundaries extending into the daily life of the school and is identified in three main strands:


1.       To develop the child’s awareness of God’s presence and a response to that presence.

2.       To help the child to make right moral judgements.

3.       To develop the child's physical, moral and intellectual qualities so they may be responsible and caring members of society.