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Religious Education

Please find below, a copy of our most recent Denominational (Section 48) Inspection Report (March 2016):

Inspectors said the following about our school:

'St Mary Magdalene’s is an outstanding school with an exceptionally strong Catholic ethos because almost all aspects of the school’s Catholic life and religious education are very good and many are better.'

'The leadership and management provided by the governing body, led by the knowledgeable chair of governors, together with the experience and commitment of the headteacher and school management team, are outstanding. At all levels staff are strong positive role models for pupils and are dedicated and committed to the school.'

'St Mary Magdalene is a truly inclusive school. There is a very strong sense of belonging to the school community. One parent reinforced this saying “There is a sense of St Mary Magdalene’s being one big family.”

One pupil stated “the teachers help people who need help, they are the best teachers in the world.”

'The high level of teaching enables the pupils to make good progress. Lessons are interesting, exciting and varied. A variety of teaching styles are used to deliver the learning objectives, which are shared with the pupils.'

'Pupils show good knowledge and understanding and are able to apply a wide range of skills to their learning. they are able to reflect on their learning and apply it to their everyday lives. They appreciate the importance of religious education and the teachings of Jesus in influencing their behaviour and their care of other.' (Section 48 Inspection Report - March 2016)

Behaviour for learning is excellent. A Year 1 pupil wrote, 'I love religious education' and this was borne out by many others across the school.'

Come and See

At St. Mary Magdalene, to support our teaching of Religious Education, we use 'Come and See' - a Catholic Primary Religious Education programme for Foundation and Key Stages 1 and 2.

The ‘Come and See’ programme of Religious Education is recommended by the Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

Come and See is developed through three themes which are gradually explored each time at greater depths: Church, Sacrament and Christian Living.

The process for delivering the topics in ‘Come and See’ has three stages – ‘Explore’, ‘Reveal’ and ‘Respond’.


'Explore' is where the teacher helps the children to begin to look at and focus on the experience within their own lives - concerning themselves, their relationships and their world. The children are led to a deeper understanding, clearer vision and the discovery of significance and value of experiential events of everyday life.


‘Reveal’ is the heart of the programme. The teacher and the children together discover the Christian understanding of the mystery of the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The children will learn about Scripture, teachings of the Church, prayers, rites, psalms, hymns and other expressions of Christian faith and the lives of outstanding Christians.


‘Respond’ is where the children will respond by remembering and celebrating all that they have learnt so that they will be able to make a personal response in their daily lives. The children will also have the opportunity to plan and take part in a celebration.

The nine topics are subdivided as follows:

Autumn Term

  • Family - Domestic Church
  • Belonging - Baptism/Confirmation/Marriage/Vocation
  • Loving - Advent/Christmas

Spring Term

  • Community - Local Church
  • Relating - Eucharist
  • Giving - Lent/Easter

Summer Term

  • Serving - Pentecost
  • Inter-relating - Reconciliation
  • World - Universal Church

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