Curriculum – Religious Education
St. Louis Academy
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
We follow a programme set down by the diocese of East Anglia. It draws upon a variety of resource materials including ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’, ‘Here I Am’/‘Come and See’. It follows the liturgical year, the sacramental life of the Church and the Trinity. We also learn about the World Faiths of Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam.
There is a termly information leaflet for families outlining the themes for each term and ideas for helping at home. The programme also incorporates a daily Act of Worship in the form of assembly or class prayers.
As an important part of our religious syllabus, each term all classes, including the Nursery, have the privilege of preparing for their own Mass celebrated by the school chaplain and other priests associated with the school, to which parents and friends are invited.
Each year in January, a special programme of preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion commences in the parish. The school provides catechists for this and takes a lead role in the parish celebration of First Holy Communion.
One of the main ways we express our faith is through our school Masses to which parents and family are invited. The children take a full part in preparation for these liturgies in readings and prayers, singing, offertory processions, and as altar servers.
As part of the parish family the school joins with the Church community in celebrating feast days with Mass in the Church. We encourage parents to try to support their children in participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Each year the children participate in their own Easter Liturgy at school.