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Here I am

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by suzcunny, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. suzcunny

    suzcunny New commenter

    Hello all,
    Can anyone give me any information or feedback about the 'Here I am' scheme of work and where I can actually find the resources please.
    I am currently looking for a new scheme for our school and this has been recommended.
    Thank you in advance : )
  2. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    in haste -

    I googled 'RE Scheme of Work 'Here-am-I'

    this brought up a lot of contacts including your thread question here!

    i glanced at a few and picked one school which described using this scheme - copied a bit for you.

    This info (from the school site) mentioned that the Here I am' Scheme is from Westminster so I googled that info and came up with a web address which may be useful. No time to look at it now but you can have a look. If you need more help in finding the info please give me a pm. As I'm Secondary and rarely have taught in a faith school, I've not used it but hopefully someone will reply who can give you some more 'hands on' advice.

    All the best
  3. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    Here is what I found - but no time to put in all the p's to format it

    Westminster Diocese Agreed Syllabus. The ?Here I Am? RE scheme
    St. Joseph?s Catholic School
    Religious Education Policy
    At St. Joseph?s we live, love and learn by the example of Jesus
    1 Aims and objectives

    Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of
    the most fundamental questions asked by people. At our School we develop
    the children?s knowledge and understanding of the children?s own faith and
    the major world faiths, and we address the fundamental questions in life,
    for example, the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We
    enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but
    also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of
    children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith
    and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help
    the children learn from religions as well as about religions.ldren.
    4 Curriculum planning in religious education
    We plan our religious education curriculum in accordance with the
    Westminster Diocese Agreed Syllabus. The ?Here I Am? RE scheme has
    been used for the majority of religious education lessons. This scheme is
    approved and recommended by Westminster Diocese and staff have
    received the training necessary to plan and teach lessons and assess work
    using this scheme. The topics studied in religious education build upon prior
    learning. We offer opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their
    skills and knowledge in each unit, and we ensure that the planned
    progression built into the scheme of work offers the children an increasing
    challenge as they move through the school.
    We carry out the curriculum planning in religious education in three phases
    (long-term, medium-term and short-term). The long-term plan maps the
    religious education topics studied in each term during each key stage. The
    ?Here I Am? scheme of work is used for long-term planning.
    We teach religious education topics in conjunction with other subjects. We
    place an increasing emphasis on independent study of religious themes and
    Our medium-term plans give details of the three ?Here I Am? units of work
    for each term. Each topic lasts approximately four weeks and two world
    faiths are also studied for two weeks of the year. The ?Here I Am?
    medium-term planning sheets are used to show the teaching and learning
    for each topic and are also annotated to show religious teaching on specific
    feasts and seasons. The RE subject leader keeps examples of the plans and
    reviews them on a regular basis.
    The class teacher writes the plans for each lesson and lists the specific
    learning objectives for that lesson. She keeps these individual plans and
    often discusses them on an informal basis with the RE subject leader
  4. suzcunny

    suzcunny New commenter

    Thank you ever so much for your time. We are a non church school and had an RE subject ofstead recently. He basically slated the local scheme we have followed for years and suggested going back to QCA and teach as a 'learning journey' choosing a starter question such as 'why are sacred texts important' or Why are sacred buildings important? You then teach about the different buildings various religions use eg, church mosque etc.
    From what I can gather the Here I am scheme follows the same principle of a theme throughout school. Not sure about teaching it in non church school though as I think it is normally used in Catholic schools?
    Has anyone else had any experience with this scheme or could suggest another to help me out please.
    Thanks again Durgamata you have been lots of help!![​IMG]

  5. Type' Free RE lessons' into Google to see the St Dominic's resources. We are the first entry.

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