Curriculum RE

Religious Education at St Benet’s follows the Diocesan scheme ‘Come and See’. The beliefs and values studied in Catholic Religious Education inspire and draw together every aspect of the life of the Catholic School. Click on the link below to see what topics your child will be covering in the Come and See scheme during this year, 2016-2017.

Come and See Year Overview 2016-17

Religious Education is taught for at least 10% of the weekly timetable (excluding Nursery). During lessons children learn about the Christian faith, stories from the Old and New Testament, reflect upon the scripture readings, as well as plan and prepare their own collective worships. Religious Education lessons can be very reflective and as a thinking school, we incorporate a lot of thinking skills strategies to help us deepen and understand our knowledge and faith.

Sacramental Preparation

IMG_0012The Parish leads the Sacramental programmes and we have excellent catechists involved in the children’s journey in faith, including our Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mrs Hanley. The programme is supported by the teaching of the Sacraments that the children are taught during RE lessons. First Holy Communions are celebrated in June at St Joseph’s Church.  From 2017-2018, Sacramental preparations will occur in Year 4, following the diocesan recommendations.  We have no First Holy Communion group during the year 2016-2017.


Father Duffy, Parish Priest and Deacon Peter Lavery, of St Joseph’s RC Church, Birtley, have strong connections with everyone at St Benet’s School. Parent’s evenings for sacramental preparation are both welcoming and well supported. Every faith tradition is respected at St. Benet’s.