At St. Mary's we follow 'The Way, The Truth & The Life' syllabus. 

This syllabus is based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic schools. It has been developed by teachers in direct response to a perceived need for a clear framework for effective, systematic and rigorous teaching and learning, at least equal to that of other curriculum areas. To this end it addresses both content and methodology.

The primary content of all religious education material is the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church and their implications for the lives of people today, and particularly for the lives of the pupils. Religious education material must, therefore, always present the three key elements of the Christian faith:

  1. that every human event is marked by the creative activity of God which communicates goodness to all beings
  2. that the reality and power of sin limit and numb every person
  3. that the life, death and resurrection of Christ, communicated by the Holy Spirit, give believers the hope of a definitive ‘fulfilment’

Material not incorporating those three elements “cannot be authentically Christian”. (cf. GDC para 16)

Other faiths are addressed as a consequence of, and in the context of, Catholic teaching. Catholic teaching about the action of God in the world requires an informed and respectful approach to other faiths. By a study of the action of God in these faiths, Catholics can come to a deeper appreciation of the revelation of God in Christ. Catholics can also learn from the practices of other faiths (e.g. patterns of prayer, fasting, pilgrimages etc. cf. GDC para. 200).

The syllabus incorporates attainment targets: learning about the Catholic faith (AT1) and learning from the Catholic faith (AT2). These are set out in the form of specific key learning objectives for each module.

Foundation & Key Stage 1

The Way, the Truth & the Life syllabus.

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Found-ation God's World God's family Getting to know Jesus Sorrow and joy New Life Church
Year 1 God's great plan Mary mother of God Families & celebrations Following Jesus Resurrection Miracles
Year 2 Chosen people Mysteries Good News The Mass Eastertide Birth of the Church

Key Stage 2

The Way, the Truth & the Life syllabus.

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 3 The Christian Church Mary our mother Called to change Eucharist Celebrating Being a christian
Year 4 The Bible Trust in God Jesus the teacher Jesus the Saviour The mission of the church Belonging to the Church
Year 5 Creation God's Covenents Inspirational people Reconcilliation Life in the risen Jesus Other Faiths
Year 6 The Kingdom of God Justice Jesus the Bread of Life Jesus the Son of God The work of the Apostles Called to serve

The Wednesday Word

The Wednesday Word - Summer Holidays 2021

Jesus had sent out his friends, the apostles, to teach and to heal. When they rejoined him, they told him all they had done and taught.

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14th July 2021

The Wednesday Word - 7th July 2021

This coming Sunday is the feast of St Benedict, who introduced a special way of reading the Bible to Europe in the 6th Century. The Wednesday Word Family Time is based on St Benedict’s way of praying and seeks to help you listen, with love, to...

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7th July 2021

The Wednesday Word - 30th June 2021

In this Sunday’s Gospel, the people who were most familiar with Jesus welcomed him at first. They readily acknowledged his wisdom and his miracles. But they were not prepared to put their faith in him, to go further and see that God was at...

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30th June 2021

Saint Stories

Faustina Kowalska, was born to a poor family in Poland and had nine brothers and sisters. As a young girl Faustina loved Jesus and by the time she was seven years old, she wanted to become a nun. This meant that she would leave home and join a community to live a quiet life of prayer.

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