Our school motto is “Jesus is at the heart of all that we do”
At St. Peter’s we firmly believe this and that we are bound together, by the unity of our faith, and our children's education is developed in an atmosphere of caring, sharing and example.
As a Catholic school our whole curriculum is underpinned by the values of the Gospels. We are embedding the virtues of the St Peter’s Charter throughout all of our curriculum.(please see below) Therefore through this our school will become a place “for improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good.” Our vision is that “There is no separation between time for learning and time for formation.” Indeed they go hand in hand.The Catholic faith perspective is not an added extra, which we teach and offer to the children, it is integrated into the whole life of the school and into all the aspects of the curriculum.
The St Peter’s Charter
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.
To help our children relate to the social teaching of the Church we use “Caritas in Action” which teaches the 7 specific themes of
Dignity of the Human Person
Family and Community
Solidarity and the Common Good
Dignity of work
Rights and responsibilities
Option for the poor and Vulnerable
The whole school works on one theme for a set week throughout the school year. These themes also directly link to our Virtues.
By developing our own RE curriculum and through religious education, pupils study the Catholic tradition and come to an appropriate knowledge and understanding of the different religious dimensions of life. They are given the opportunity to examine their own religious attitudes and to respect the convictions of others. To enhance the RE curriculum, as well as our virtues, we use several other schemes of work and resources e.g.”The "Way the Truth and the Life" “Come and see:” “Ten ten” resources, as well as many other sites such as Cafod.
The curriculum is taught for 2-2.5hours per week and each child takes part in a daily act of worship (5-10 minutes), formal prayers are used to open and close the school daily sessions. Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation is undertaken by the catechists of St. Peter's and St. Joseph's parishes.
Religious education is further enhanced and given expression through the liturgical life of the church by attendance and active participation in the Mass and the sacraments through the observance of religious services and festivals. Family Masses are held monthly on Sundays in both our school parishes.
HRSE(Human Relationships and Sex education) falls within the general framework of Religious Education within the school, and in accordance with the moral and dogmatic teaching of the church. Parents are informed of any special programmes in sex education.
Parents have a legal right to request that their child be withdrawn from lessons in Religious Education or from acts of Collective Worship. This may be done in consultation with the Headteacher.
Religious Education Progression of Standards
RE Framework Curriculum Wheels
RE Inspection 48 Report
St Peter's has been judged as a very good Catholic primary school and we are very proud of the outstanding judgement made regarding the Catholic Life of our school.
Please find a copy of our report below: