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St Alban’s Catholic Primary School is a caring Catholic community which embraces the partnership between the school, home and parish. It aims to offer each member the opportunity to deepen their relationship with Christ through prayer and worship within an atmosphere of love, peace, justice and reconciliation.
Collective Worship at St. Alban's Catholic Primary School provides opportunities for pupils and staff to come together to worship God. We always endeavour to provide quality experiences of prayer and liturgy that support pupils’ spiritual development and help each individual in the school community to foster their own relationship with God. These communal acts of prayer and the liturgical celebrations of the Church form part of everyday life in our school.
Every child is given the opportunity to pray by giving praise and thanks to God using traditional prayers of the Catholic Church and many other sources of prayer that enable this to take place. We encourage the children to nurture a relationship with God through words, symbols, song, gestures and silence.
Other opportunities for prayer take place within the classroom at the start of each day, before and after lunch and again at the end of each day. Prayer in the classrooms and in assemblies always includes use of symbols and a focal point for prayer which is appropriate to the liturgical season, for example, Lent, Advent or Easter.
Please click on the document below to view our school prayers.
All pupils and staff in St Alban's take part in regular Christian Meditation sessions. Meditation is a form of prayer which allows the pupils a chance to be silent and experience God's love in silence. Meditation leads to increased self-knowledge and self acceptance and deepens their personal relationship with God.
Gweddiwn is the time where the pupils are provided the opportunity to plan and lead their own acts of worship in the classroom.
Pupils also attend our parish church (St. Alban's on the Moors) to celebrate Mass with our parishioners, in order to further help their understanding of the richness of the Eucharist.
Celebrating the Liturgical Calendar
At St. Alban's we take the time to celebrate the seasons of the Liturgical Year. We spend time in our R.E lessons looking at the events in the liturgical calendar and we celebrate many of them together through collective worship. During important celebrations of the liturgical calendar we hold workshops and prayer groups with parents and children.
We follow the ‘Come and See’ Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme. Links are made with the children’s own experiences and the curriculum is adapted to make it purposeful for our children, always meeting them where they are in their spiritual experience.
RE is taught in all classes and the programme covers a range of challenging themes from EYFS up to Year 6. The topics follow the following format:
At the end of each theme, the children reflect on what they have learnt through class liturgies.
The programme is delivered through a series of themes and 'Big Questions' which you can view below.
A more detailed ‘Come and See’ yearly overview is available below.
During the year, the pupils will also study other religions (Judaism, Hinduism or Islam).