At Our Lady of Hartley Catholic Primary School we aim to nurture the Catholic Faith and its teachings in our children. We work to help children live this faith and we encourage children to develop a better relationship with God and others around them. Central to our ethos are the opportunities for prayer and worship which lie at the heart of our faith. We will endeavour to promote and encourage these at every level, together with the skills and attitudes necessary to live out the Christian message in the modern world.
Religious Education (R.E) promotes children’s cultural, mental, emotional, spiritual and physical development and helps prepare them for the opportunities and responsibilities that lie ahead of them. Our aim is to do this in the context of a Christian moral and ethical framework.
At Our Lady of Hartley, the requirements of the curriculum are delivered through, ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’ scheme. This scheme was written by educators and caters for children of all abilities and ages; from Reception to Year 6 and beyond. The scheme compliments the catechesis that takes place in the home and parish.
We have the opportunity to study different faiths across the year and especially during our ‘other faith’ celebratory weeks. This gives us an opportunity to:
At Our Lady of Hartley, we cherish our responsibility as a Catholic school. Our school motto expresses what we feel our aim is:
Together in faith, love and learning
RE in the Early Years
As with all other subjects, RE is taught both formally and discreetly in the Early Years. Children are encouraged to learn the school prayers, engage with the parish priest and have a good understanding of select Bible stories.
As a part of the Education Commission, below are the end of year expectations for those children in Early Years:
Children also take part in various collective worship sessions. These include gathering, listening, responding, reflecting and going forth-spreading the word of God. Children are encouraged to spend periods of time of reflection that are weaved throughout the school day.
Cross Curricular links
Retelling Bible stories, giving detailed explanations, opinions and reflections on lessons taught.
Prayer journaling, reflective art work.
Religions over time. During other faith weeks’ the children have the opportunity to explore different religions and how they differ to Catholic faith and how they have developed over time. Developing understandings on faiths and celebrations around the world.
Acting out Bible stories, conscience corridors and reflecting on meaning behind these stories and the lessons we learn from these stories.
Reflecting on the feelings and emotions learned through the Bible. Giving opinions and reflecting on how religion makes us feel. Discovering similarities and differences between religions and making comparisons between religions.
Learning hymns, listening to quiet reflective music and celebrating the Mass through song.
Home Learning Links
PARISH PRIEST OF THE ORATORY OF ST FRANCIS DE SALES HARTLEY
FR. Patrick Adusei Poku CSSp, is originally from Ghana. He is a member of the Religious Missionary Order of The Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans).
He was ordained in 2006 and started his Priestly Ministry in 2007 in England. He has been working in England for the past 13 years during which he was Assistant Priest at Mary Immaculate & St.Peter New Barnet. He was then transferred to Manchester where he occupied the following positions:
Assistant Priest at St Luke's Parish Manchester and a Chaplain to the following institutions:
North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester HM Prison St Georges RC High School Manchester, St John Vianney Special Needs School Manchester and Spiritan Youth Ministry Manchester.
He was transferred to Dover at the Parish of the Good Shepherd on 1st October 2019.
He joined us as the Parish Priest of the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales, Hartley on the 1st September 2020.
Please, let us remember him in our prayers as the Parish Priest of the Oratory of St Francis de Sales.