The school follows the Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme, “Come and See”; in Pre-School, we use this programme to respond to the needs of children as they begin their journey in faith. We want all children, whether or not from Catholic families, to grow in their religious understanding in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them in today’s world. The “Come and See” programme introduces children to a wide range of cultures and faiths, alongside Catholicism. In line with ‘Understanding the World’ section of the EYFS, children begin to learn about ‘differences between themselves and others and among families, communities and traditions.’ Our religious education gives children the ability to make informed choices as they venture out into the wider community.
In Pre-School, prayer and quiet reflection are part of our daily routine. We pray at the start of the day, before lunch and at the end of the day. We ensure that the prayers have meaning for the children and, when they are ready, we invite them to share their own prayers with others. We often take time to reflect together and, at these times, we may invite the children to consider ways to be thankful to God or ask for His help. When children are allowed to spend time thinking in this way, they become more appreciative of their families, friends and the world around them.
The school has close links to St Teresa’s Church and the main school regularly joins the Parish for Mass. At times, our Pre-School children join the main school at the end of Mass for a Blessing. Before they do this, we visit the church in small groups so that the children are familiar with the church and have time to look at and appreciate some of the objects and symbols that they will see during Mass. At this time, they also learn more about the life of St Teresa and this learning is developed further when we celebrate the Feast Day of St Teresa on 1st October each year.
Our Catholic ethos means that we recognise that each child and each family is unique and has an important role in our community. We strive to provide the best education for every child, building on strengths and helping them to achieve their true potential. We also encourage children to understand the importance of caring for others. We achieve this through story and role play, through inviting visitors to share experiences and through charitable events, including our Reverse Advent Calendar (a collection to help local families in need) and through sponsored events when we raise money to support the work of charities including Cafod. The children at St Teresa’s Pre-School begin to learn that, “Each one of us, by our love and care, leaves a mark on the life of others.” (Pope Francis, Amoreis Laetitia, 2016)
Underpinning all of our work with the children at St Teresa’s is our mission statement:
“Inspiring and achieving together, using our unique gifts given to us by God.”