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Religious Education

We teach Religious Education in line with the official syllabus in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and use the 'Come and See' scheme of work throughout our school.

  • Religious Education is taught discretely and developmentally.
  • We engage with their own and others beliefs and values to help them develop good attitudes.
  • We teach the pupils to engage  with difficult questions and offer the children a strong sense of self worth.

Within the Mission Statement of our school, it is clear that the whole ethos of the school and all of the aspects of the school reflect the Gospel values that are taught through the Catholic faith. Such teachings direct us to believe that we are all 'children of God' and that we live by the central directive given by Jesus that, 'We love our neighbour'.

The statements of the Curriculum Guidelines can and should be implemented within the framework of the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education Programme. At St Charles, there are also other opportunities both within the R.E. framework and across all aspects of the school curriculum to enquire, explore and express views and personal faith. They are given opportunities to be open, fair, inclusive and tolerant and through this, our children learn to understand the world from other points of view and perspectives.

As a school community we expect everyone involved in the school; pupils, parents, governors and staff; to 'follow in Jesus' footsteps' and observe Christian teachings through our living and learning. The opportunity to listen, understand and work together for the good of all is a key principle of the school.

To view the content of our 'Come and See' school curriculum in each academic year click here for more details.



The Year of St Joseph
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021.
Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.
The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”