St. Patrick’s provides an environment in which children can grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith and develop their own relationship with Christ. We want our children to understand that religion is not just for learning but for living.
Our Mission Statement:
"Under God's umbrella we will achieve together"
is embedded into the daily life of the school.
Learning & Growing as the People of God
The schools of the Archdiocese of Birmingham use the Diocese’s own curriculum strategy from Foundation (Nursery) to Year 6 called ‘Learning & Growing as the People of God.’ (often referred to as the Strategy). The Strategy was written using the Learning Outcomes provided in the Bishops’ Conference document the Curriculum Directory as a basis. Rather than produce a lesson by lesson scheme of work the Strategy provides teachers with a range of suggested cross-curricula activities which they can use and adapt to suit the needs of the learners in their class in order that their children achieve the learning outcomes. This flexibility also allows teachers to incorporate their own ideas, creativity and imagination into the delivery of the Strategy.
Father George Bennett - Parish Priest
The Strategy is divided into a number of units, usually 12, which cover four main areas of study. It is through the construction of a spiral curriculum that children’s knowledge and understanding is developed. The children learn about the Liturgical Seasons of the Church’s year. They find out about the significance of each season, its particular signs and symbols and the different liturgies celebrated in each season. The children also study both Old Testament and New Testament Scripture in order to give them familiarity and knowledge of Scripture as well as allowing them to explore and understand how our Catholic beliefs are rooted in what Scripture reveals to us. There is a strong Sacramental focus in each year group. In particular the content of the Y3 and Y6 books fully prepares the children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in Y3 and Confirmation in Y6. As part of the strategy the children learn about what it is to live as Christians today, how the Church is organised from global to parish level and also the opportunities which exist for them to participate in the life of the Church.
A key element to each unit is the opportunity to link the learning with opportunities for prayer and reflection.
Within the topics there are opportunities for exploring and appreciating aspects of other faiths. We encourage links with other faiths and cultures whenever we can to broaden children’s understanding.
In Year 3 children are prepared for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation through Parish based programmes that are supported by the school curriculum.
In Year 6 pupils continue their journey of faith by preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
At St. Patrick’s we help our pupils to develop a reverential attitude in their prayer life and to make prayer a natural part of their daily lives. Children are exposed to a variety of prayer experiences, both formal and informal, private and communal. Children are given opportunities to compose their own prayers and take an active part in school Masses and non-Eucharistic liturgies. Daily collective worship takes place either as a whole school, key stage or class. It provides an opportunity for children and teachers to worship and reflect on the Liturgy and consider spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship and religious education, which we respect. As a Catholic school, however, both are an integral part of our mission and we would hope that parents would not exercise this option.
Fr George, our parish priest, visits our school. All KS2 classes celebrate Mass on a 2 week rota basis and have the opportunity to lead a whole school mass throughout the course of the year. Years 4, 5 and 6 go to confession in the Church on a termly basis.
We enjoy weekly assemblies on Monday and Friday. On Monday we reflect on the Sunday's Gospel and share a mission for the week. On Friday we come together with parents to celebrate our successes in learning and pray together as one family.
School Masses and Assemblies take place during the year and parents are welcomed and encouraged to join their children on these occasions.