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The Church has always promoted education. God made the world, and everything and everybody in it; and the more we understand the world, its history, and our place in it as human beings, the better equipped we are to increase our faith and hope in God, our love for God and our neighbour, and our love for the Church on earth, in and through which God invites us all to come to know, love and serve him.
At St Edmund's RC Primary School, we follow the 'Come and See' programme of study ensuring all directed objectives in the Religious Education Curriculum Directory are taught across the school.
The 5 W’s signs have been tailored for Catholics Schools.
These signs are the ideal way of promoting the 5 W’s within classrooms and the whole school community. Children are encouraged to place photographs of their peers within the sections and can then share why they have chosen to do so. Some schools have decided to focus on one W per week and give certificates in the whole school assembly.
The children and staff feel they have a much better understanding of the meaning of each W. It enables them to talk with a shared understanding.
Welcome, Word, Witness, Welfare, Worship. In student speak, these translate as come, talk, work, walk, pray.
Welcome [come] – come together in welcome.
Word [talk] – talk together as a word of God’s community.
Witness [work] – We look at our School mission statement and work together as a witness community.
Welfare [walk] – Walk together as a welfare community.
Worship [pray] – We pray together as a worship community.
The whole school celebrated International Day of Peace by taking part in various activities throughout the day. At the end of the day we came together as a school to share our work.
Our everyday life is full of important signs and symbols which express deeper meaning through physical realities. As social beings we need signs and symbols to communicate with others, through language, gestures or actions. The same is true of our relationship with God.
We know that God is always with us because we see signs of God’s love in the world and in our lives. There are moments when God’s love and presence touches our lives in a special way. The Church’s seven sacraments celebrate some of these important moments.
In the celebration of a sacrament we meet God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We celebrate with actions, words, signs and symbols. The seven sacraments help us to appreciate who God is, what God is like and what God is doing everywhere and for each person. It is God saying ‘I am with you and I love you.’
The sacraments are the life giving power which comes from Christ,
And all in the crowd were trying touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all,
The sacraments are the action of the Holy Spirit at work in the Church. Christ is present in the sacraments, through the power of the Holy Spirit. They help us to live the love of God the Creator which showed itself through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The purpose of the sacraments is to nourish and strengthen the faith of believers and to give worship to God. The words and actions of the sacraments are a teaching tool which integrates and makes holy both creation and human culture and it gives them dignity.
By interpreting the signs and symbols correctly we can find out what the sacrament is doing for those who receive it. The signs are not just words and actions that have a message for those who are celebrating it; they also confer gift on those who receive it. This gift (which Catholics call ‘grace’), is given by God the Father through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. It deepens and develops our relationship with God.
How to perform the Sign of the Cross.
What makes God's World wonderful?
Preparing for coming of Jesus.
On Thursday 21st September we celebrated the International Day of Peace. We did lots of activities during the day such as painting peace signs onto plates and creating a whole class collage of words that mean peace to us. We had a fantastic day!
Prayer and refection area
The children wrote peace poems, prayers for peace and created personalized symbols to represent peace.
The children worked collaboratively to create a peace masterpiece on a canvas. On their artwork they wrote what peace means to them.
The children took part in many sensory activities during peace day. These activities promoted relaxation and calmness.