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Some of the parishes within the Birmingham Diocese have gathered together to live stream their Masses, so you can still access a Mass even if not in person. Please click on the image below, which will show you which parishes are live streaming and when their Mass times are:


Religious Education (RE) is a core subject at our school and as such has a very high profile. RE lessons are taught using the Scheme of Work for Religious Education produced by the Birmingham Diocesan Education Service, ‘Learning and Growing as the People of God’, from Reception to Year 6. This is based on Gospel Values and the teachings of the Catholic Church. 


The Catholic mission of our school permeates all areas of the curriculum. We recognise that every child is unique and created in the image of God. It is our aim to develop the whole child; to help them to grow in faith, and to develop as global citizens with a maturing Christian awareness. Our Catholic curriculum teaches the children to be honest, respectful, attentive, compassionate, generous, caring and wise.


Children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation during Key Stage 2. This is in a three-way partnership between the school, the Parish and home.


Mass is normally celebrated weekly at school, with children from Reception to Year 6 attending. On Saints Days, Holy Days of Obligation and Ash Wednesday, we celebrate Mass at Church. Classes take turns to prepare and lead each Mass. Families are always welcome to join us in the celebration of Mass, whether at school or at Church.


Prayers are said regularly throughout the day, during assemblies, class worship and during RE lessons, where appropriate. Children learn prayers that are said collectively, and have many opportunities to say and write prayers in their own words, and also have some silent time for their own thoughts and prayers. Each class has a prayer book which the children own; in this, they can celebrate their prayer life and write their own prayers and liturgies.  They are also encouraged to write Bidding Prayers for their class Mass and for the weekly whole school Gospel Liturgy.


Being a ‘Rights Respecting School’ is also embedded throughout the curriculum. We teach the children to have an awareness of other faiths and cultures, and that everyone has the right to practise their religion and take part in the customs of their culture. Children learn about their responsibilities as part of a community and as global citizens.

Intent, Implementation and Impact of RE at St Filumena’s




As the Headteacher and RE Leadership Team at St Filumena’s, it is our duty to see our mission and vision embedded across the RE curriculum, and the whole wider curriculum beyond. This sits alongside the Gospel Values which are inextricably linked through everything we teach.


As a Catholic school, the RE curriculum is central to the whole school curriculum and underpins all teaching. It is a core subject and we follow the ‘Learning and Growing as the People of God’ scheme of work with timetable collective worship and daily lessons


It is also our intention that pupils at St Filumena’s will enjoy their RE lessons and they will not be seen as a way of either promoting the Catholic faith exclusively, nor for them to be something in which they are purely 'taught'. RE lessons should be faith-filled, enjoyable lessons where each child feels they belong to our school community and not excluded because they are not Catholic. Lessons should be places where everyone is respected for their beliefs and expressions of faith, but where ultimately, they all achieve. Using the subject specialists in RE from Painsley Catholic Academy we plan for outstanding progress.


These intentions fall in line with our mission of St Filumena’s: FAITH, ACHIEVE, BELONG, ENJOY AND RESPECT.




We are a Catholic school, and proud of that fact. The Catholicity of the school underpins what we do everyday. This also directs us, with the help of God and the Archdiocese, to implement an RE curriculum whereby the Catholic faith permeates everything we do. We ensure that families are supported in bringing their children up in the Catholic faith and we provide a well-rounded Catholic education.

For RE we follow the Archdiocese's 'Learning and growing in the love of God' books as a scaffold for planning and coverage- in our mixed age classes we run these on a two-year rolling cycle.




As a multi-academy company we are fortunate to be able to call on the support of 15 other RE leads and specialist teachers, in addition to the support we receive from the Archdiocese. Through moderation of planning, lessons and books, we can be sure that progress is made across all year groups. If progress is not being made, support is immediate and steps provided to ensure all pupils achieve and make progress.


Evidence of impact in RE is not just collated through books. All our pupils contribute to collective worship and Catholic Life.



Morning Prayer

Father in heaven, you love me,

you are with me night and day.

I want to love you always

in all I do and say.

I’ll try to please you, Father,

bless me through the day.


Grace Before Meals

Bless us, O God, as we sit together.

Bless the food we eat today.

Bless the hands that made the food.

Bless us, O God.


Grace after meals

Thank you, God, for the food we have eaten.

Thank you, God, for all our friends.

Thank you, God, for everything.

Thank you God.


Prayer at the end of the day

God our Father, I come to say

thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family

and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night

and in the morning send your light.


Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee:

blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.


Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth,

as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.