The Come and See programme has been developed to respond to the needs of children today in their faith journey, to enable them to grow in their religious literacy and understanding in a way that is coherent with current educational principles. It is designed to support teachers in their delivery of religious education. It integrates the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Levels of Attainment and the new Religious Education Curriculum Directory.
At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self-revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and Tradition.
Come and See offers the opportunity to search, to explore, to discover, and to respond; this is part of what it is to be human.
Children Come and See the wonder of all that is within them and beyond them. God offers the invitation to Come and See. Teachers facilitate the opportunity for children to Come and See.
Loving- Laughing- Learning
We are God’s amazing gift.
At Saint Patrick's Catholic Primary School, we teach our Catholic faith through the “Come and See” Catholic Religious Education Programme.
At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self revelation of love through Jesus Christ. “Come and See’” gives the pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and our Religious Tradition.
Central to the programme are these three questions:
“Come and See” helps our pupils to explore the beliefs, values and way of life that our Catholic faith asks of us.
It supports the faith experience of all children because it starts with their real life experience and leads them to reflect upon the meaning of church, sacraments and the person Jesus in their lives.
Pupils are encouraged to develop their faith by regular prayer in class, Collective Worship, Reflection, celebration of Masses and other religious and liturgical celebrations throughout the year. They are also encouraged to reflect upon social and moral issues, which affect our immediate and global communities.
We believe that the aim of religious education is to contribute to the development of the children as individuals and valued members of society. Our principal task is to help children to know, understand and appreciate the spiritual and religious dimension of life as expressed in the Catholic faith tradition and important aspects of other traditions.
We endeavour to do this by giving pupils opportunities to develop spiritually, morally, intellectually, emotionally and physically, towards their full and unique potential, in the sight of God.
This can be identified in all our work in school but most of all in the relationships which exist within the school. We value others for themselves, not only for what they have or what they can do for us. We value relationships as fundamental to the development and fulfilment of ourselves and others and to the good of the community. This can be seen in policies such as Behaviour, equal opportunities, SEN, gifted and talented and inclusion. It can also be seen in the work done in R.E. health education, SEAL and assemblies.
As a Catholic Community we hold that our faith and catholic values, which we hold dear, should have an affect on all aspects of school life, not just curriculum, but also personal relationships, manners, social development etc. It should also affect the conduct of wider school activities: celebrations, anniversaries, festivals, problems and complaints. In this way we wish to promote an awareness of the spiritual significance of all aspects of daily life including the gifts, talents and personalities of both children and staff.
Come and See topics
Domestic Church Family
Local Church Community
Universal Church World
Early Years Curriculum Overview
Domestic Church - Family: Myself
The children will explore the importance of their name. They will take part in name writing activities, self-portrait activities and begin to learn the names of the children in their new class. The children will gain an understanding of how God loves and knows each one of them by name. They will recognise and name other people who are precious to them. Finally the children will celebrate God's love for them with a class liturgy.
Baptism/ Confirmation - Belonging: Welcome
The children will explore what it means to welcome someone and to be welcomed. They will take part in role play activities whereby they take on the role of the ‘welcomer’ and the ‘welcomed’. This will be explored through stories such as, The Tiger who came to Tea. The children will then learn how Baptism is the celebration of a child being welcomed into God’s family. The children will take part in role play activities deepening their recognition and understanding of the signs, symbols, words and phrases used within baptism. Finally the children will celebrate their knowledge of baptism and feelings of being welcomed with a class liturgy.
Advent/ Christmas - Loving: Birthday
The children will explore what a birthday is and how we wait and prepare for the occasion. They will then make links between their birthday and Jesus’ birthday. The children will be introduced to the season of Advent and learn about how we look forward to and prepare for Christmas, being Jesus’ birthday. The children will create their own Advent wreaths and learn how each candle has a different meaning and will take part in ‘acts of kindness’ during the season of Advent. The children will then learn the First Christmas Story through activities, songs and storytelling. Finally the children will celebrate the birth of Jesus with a class liturgy.
Local Church - Community: Celebrating
The children will explore different types of celebrations and what we need in order to take part in these celebrations. The children will wonder about how they feel during celebrations. The children will then learn The Presentation Story and how Jesus was taken to the temple and Simeon proclaimed that Jesus would be ‘The light of the world.’ The children will learn to retell The Presentation Story, recognising and retelling words and phrases from the story. Finally the children will celebrate Jesus, the light of the world with a class liturgy.
Eucharist - Relating: Gathering
The children will explore how when we gather together tasks are much easier to achieve. The children will explore how they feel when others gather together with them. The children will learn how Mass is a time of gathering within church. They will recognise the four parts of the Mass and will learn to remember these parts through a Mass chant, role play and a visit to St. Bernadette’s church. Finally the children will celebrate their favourite piece of scripture with a class liturgy.
Lent/ Easter - Giving: Growing
The children will explore how humans, animals, plants and flowers grow over time. They will learn about life-cycles and how we can care for people, animals, plants and flowers and help them to grow. The children will be introduced to Lent as a time for their love for Jesus to grow. They will do this by exploring how we can help others and then making their own Lenten promises. The children will then learn the story of Good Friday (Early Years 2 will explore The Stations of the Cross) and Easter Sunday and begin to understand how Jesus died for us. Finally the children will celebrate new life through a class liturgy.
Pentecost - Serving: Good News
The children will learn how we can share good news with others in many different ways. They will read the story of The Jolly Postman and look at all the ways in which good news is shared with the characters of the story. The children will then make links with The Story of Pentecost and how the good news that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit was shared with hundreds of people. Finally the children will celebrate the guidance of the Holy Spirit with a class liturgy.
Reconciliation – Inter-relating: Friends
The children will explore what makes a good friend and how they are a good friend to others. The children will then listen to the story of ‘Jesus and the children’ and learn how Jesus loved all the children and disciples who sent the children away were not showing good friendship qualities. The children will take part in activities deepening their understanding of how Jesus had enough love to share between everyone. Finally the children will celebrate the love of their friends and Jesus with a class liturgy.
Universal Church - World: Our World
The children will explore God’s wonderful world. They will have time to wonder about God’s world and research the most beautiful parts of our world. The children will then learn how the world was created through ‘The Creation Story.’ They will explore each day and take part in craft activities representing each day in the story. The children in Early Years 2 will work in groups to retell The Story of Creation using collage materials and writing. Finally the children will celebrate the wonderful world that we live in with a class liturgy.
Assessment of Religious Education
Assessment in Come and See is related to the skills, concepts and attitudes to be developed through the exploration of themes and the learning outcomes of each topic.
“The main purpose of assessment is to ensure effective learning, to celebrate growth and achievement and enable further progress.” NBRIA
Informal assessments can be made informally throughout the year, where teachers will observe pupils undertaking a range of tasks, engage in pupil/teacher dialogue, scrutinise pupil’s work and observe pupil’s interactions with others as well as their contribution to the wider life of the school and our parish community. Progress is recorded in order to plan for next steps for learning using the appropriate driver words.
Attainment Target 1 Driver words-Learning about:
Attainment Target 2-Learning from
Formal assessments occur termly throughout the year and are moderated within school. Each theme is formally assessed twice throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. An activity will be undertaken which enables pupils to show how they have met the Learning Outcome.