We continually strive to support an atmosphere of love, care and acceptance by welcoming all who enter our school, reflecting Jesus’ commandments to us. This ethos involves all staff, pupils, parents and the parish community. We endeavour to extend this ethos when we are involved with the wider community in Buxton and elsewhere.
We aim to support the needs and development of all, both personal and spiritual. We encourage children to recognise R.E. as highly valued and celebrated, which permeates all areas of the curriculum and school life. We use language relevant to the understanding of the children in prayer, worship and scripture, giving them the opportunity to grow and develop at their own pace.
R.E. is given a high priority within the school curriculum, taking place through time-tabled slots, cross-curricular opportunities and through general life at St. Anne’s. We employ a variety of teaching and learning strategies, adapted appropriately to the needs and learning styles of pupils. We allocate 2 hours a week at KS1 and 2½ hours a week at KS2 for R.E.
Through our religious education, we aim to address the needs of all our pupils, whatever their religious backgrounds or starting points. We aim to do this by:
- using the framework provided by the ‘Come and See’ (Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme.)
- collective worship and class assemblies, class celebrations of topics and R.E. lessons;
- developing an awareness of the spiritual and moral issues;
- leading pupils to a deeper understanding and knowledge of Catholic tradition and strengthening their personal faith commitment;
- raising awareness and respect for other world faiths in Britain and abroad;
- encouraging children to think of their Christian compassion and support for those less fortunate than themselves;
- allowing children to reflect upon their own experiences and develop a personal response to ‘life questions’;
- Professional Development opportunities for all staff.
Children participate in a wide variety of religious celebrations including Masses in school; whole school assemblies; class-led assemblies; and celebration assemblies at Key Stage level, class level and whole school level. Parents are always welcome at school Masses, prayer services and class-led assemblies.
Parents are kept informed termly about teaching and learning through the ‘Come and See at Home’ leaflet sent out termly.