Our school has decided to pursue the CAFOD Live Simply award. This is an opportunity for us to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.” You can find out more about this by clicking on the image below.

Intro Lite English (youtube.com)

We hope to gain this award in recognition of our commitment to living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poorest communities. As part of Living Simply, our school aims to impact our global family, our local community and our school community as we reflect the teachings of Laudato Si’ and Catholic Social Teaching along our journey.

Loving God,
You made this beautiful world that we all share.
Help us to live simply,
and be thankful for all that you have given us.
Help us to look after our earth,
so that everyone may enjoy it.
Help us to share with others,
so that everyone has what they need.
Amen.

CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. Find out more about CAFOD’s LiveSimply award for schools here:

An introduction to LiveSimply for schools | CAFOD (youtube.com)

This animation helps explain why LiveSimply is important, and the impact it can have on our school, our neighbours and our global community.

At St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, we use Birmingham Diocese’s curriculum strategy called ‘Learning and Growing as the People of God.’ This is divided into several units for each year group which cover four main areas of study:

  • The Liturgical Seasons of the Church’s Year: Pupils find out about the significance of each season, its signs and symbols and the different liturgies celebrated in each season.
  • Scripture: Pupils study both Old Testament and New Testament.
  • The Sacraments: There is a strong Sacramental focus in each year group. Pupils are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6.
  • Living as Christians: The children learn about what it is to live as Christians today, how the Church is organised from global to parish level and the opportunities which exist for them to participate in the life of the Church.

In each unit, there are additional planned opportunities to pray and time to reflect.

Pupils also study other faiths as part of their Religious Education curriculum. We along with the Catholic Church, believe this is important because learning about the religion and cultures of those who do not share the Catholic faith is one of the ways in which we embody the call ‘to love one’s neighbour’. This contributes to the common good by increasing mutual respect between those of different religions.

At St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, pupils are taught the importance of developing a virtuous life. The Catechism describes a virtue as “an interior disposition, a positive habit, a passion that has been placed at the service of the good.” Cardinal Vincent Nichols explained, “It’s those habits of mind and action which genuinely serve the common good.”

 

The values and virtues we teach and practise at St Michael’s are as follows:
Grateful and Generous
Attentive and Discerning
Compassionate and Loving
Fath-filled and Hopeful
Eloquent and Truthful
Learned and Wise
Curious and Active
Intentional and Prophetic
Every half term, our school focuses on one pair of these complementary values and virtues. Pupils spend time reflecting on the meaning of them; how they see them in action in their lives and in the lives of others and how they can work to encapsulate these values and virtues in their lives.


Here are some of the beautiful RE displays we have in our school:

CAFOD:

CAFOD – Kid’s Zone comprises of fun global activities for children.

Kidz Zone (cafod.org.uk)

Bible Society:

Bible Society is a website whose aim is to make the Bible accessible to all families around the world.

Bible Society – We offer the Bible to the World

The God Who Speaks:

The God Who Speaks is a website linked closely with the Bible Society which aims to help children understand the word of God.

The God Who Speaks

Pray As You Go:

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time.

Pray as you go – Pray as you go (pray-as-you-go.org)