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St Louis Catholic Academy

St Louis
Catholic Academy

RE

In our Catholic schools ‘RE is regarded as the heart of the curriculum, enriching and informing all areas of learning with the light of the Gospel, teaching students to seek the truth which is of God, in the whole of creation, in themselves and in others.’

– Religious Education – Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools”,1996 CES, p8

Religious Education at St Louis Catholic Academy is the cornerstone upon which our school thinking and aims are founded, and we endeavour to reflect our Gospel Values in all our actions and attitudes in our teaching and in our relationships with one another.

At the core of our Religious Education Curriculum are the beliefs and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, and we aim to lay a foundation of understanding and belief that will remain with our children throughout their lives. We use the Diocesan Syllabus which combines units from the RE Schemes “Come and See” and ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’, Religious programmes which are the nationally recommended schemes for use in Catholic schools. This includes the teaching of other World Faiths which helps our children to develop an understanding of and a respect for the beliefs of others in our multi-faith society. This will change with the publication and implementation of the new Religious Education Directory. Our teaching has a cross-curricular emphasis, celebrating our learning in RE through Humanities, PHSCE, Art, Drama, Dance and Music

Planning for each term is published in our school newsletter.

Prayer is an important part of our school life. In addition to our daily prayers at the beginning, lunchtime and end of the day, children have the opportunity to initiate, compose and share their own prayers, responding to current affairs, national and international celebrations and disasters. Through regular silent prayer, children experience a close and personal relationship with God. Our school chaplains in Year 6 develop and lead prayer and liturgy, supporting the work of younger prayer leaders. Across our school buildings and wider site, we acknowledge our Catholic faith with displays and art, including our pupil woven willow cross, our story of creation pebble path, class saints displays and a prayer wall. 

We nurture independence in prayer and leading worship with Year 6 children leading liturgy with younger learners. Tenten resources provide us with some Catholic resources to guide adults and children in leading prayer. Working closely with our parish church of Lady Immaculate and Saint Etheldreda in Newmarket and more widely with the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia and its schools. 

We take part in a varied range of liturgical celebrations throughout the year as a whole school community and welcome families and the wider community to join us. Children help to prepare Masses and whole school assemblies where we gather to pray together.

Children in Year 3 who are Baptised Catholics are prepared by the parish for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. 

The Catholic Life of the School

Father Leo, our Parish Priest is an important member of our school Community. He celebrates our Liturgies throughout the year, is a school governor, supports our families and staff and together with Deacon James Hurst and Deacon John Morrill, develops the essential connection of parish and school.

At St Louis, as part of our Catholic RE curriculum, we learn about our belief systems. Our learning includes visits to centres of faith belief including mosques, churches and temples, and we invite guest speakers from other faiths into school.