Primary Religious Education participates in the Church’s mission of evangelisation to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ. While recognising that parents are the first educators of their children, Primary Religious Education enables faith formation in an environment that develops a deep understanding of the teaching and person of Jesus and the call to discipleship. Primary Religious Education is a partnership of home, parish and school.
The Primary Religious Education Curriculum has been developed with a focus on the ways young children learn. In particular, the storytelling approach of ‘Godly Play and The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd’ nurtures the natural capacity of young children for curiosity, imagination and wonder. Students are provided with the opportunity to engage with the stories of the faith through wondering, reflecting and exploring.
Throughout their primary years, children are invited to use and interpret Sacred Scripture, to understand more fully their role in the mission of the Church, discover the beauty of God’s creation, participate in Prayer, Liturgy and the Sacraments, and to critically think and reflect using Catholic moral and social teaching. Above all else, this is the time when young people come to know how much God loves them, and when they are drawn into a love of God and others.