RE, Prayer and Liturgy
Subject Lead - Mrs Leanne Phillips
'St Thomas More is an outstanding Catholic primary school.'
(Diocesan Inspection 2022)
We use the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education syllabus to teach age related topics which link to the Church’s calendar. This also includes teaching other World Faiths, one every term, which helps our children to develop an understanding of and a respect for the beliefs of others in our multi-faith society. Where possible the teaching of RE has cross-curricular links, celebrating our learning through art, drama, music and reinforcing literacy skills.
Every month children are introduced to a new value, which permeates whole school assemblies and class led assemblies.
Values Education creates a school climate for teaching and learning that fosters the development of academic standards. It helps to provide a positive school ethos that is more harmonious because of the direct correlation between values education and behaviour.
We come together as a community to praise God through a variety of Liturgies, services and celebrations throughout the year, including beginning and end of term Masses; Harvest Festival; Christingle Service in Church; Advent Carol Service with our Catholic schools in Peterborough; Christmas performances; Ash Wednesday; Reconciliation in Advent and Lent and Feast Days throughout the year.
On the feast of St Thomas More, any child who has received their First Holy Communion in this academic year is invited to join the school community to celebrate with us again at a very special Mass.
As well as liturgical celebrations, the children take part in daily class prayers, class liturgies in our Community Prayer Room, whole school, phase and class assemblies.
Whole school assemblies are led by members of the Senior leadership Team every Monday at 1.30pm and are used as a time for reflection on Sunday’s Gospel, time to reinforce the Value of the Month, time to come together as the family of St Thomas More and time to prepare for the week’s learning.
Class assemblies are based on the current RE topics, value of the month and linked to the liturgical calendar.
Our school Chaplain, Father Adam Sowa visits school regularly and leads us in prayer and worship. He is available to support teaching and learning in classes and provides pastoral care for children and staff alike.