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Come and See/ New RED

A Catholic Primary Religious Education programme published in July 2012.

All our children are included regardless of their age and ability. The ‘Come and See’ programmes supports and enables the faith experience of all children because it starts with their real life experience and leads them to reflect upon and consider the Christian message in all its richness in that experience.

We are following the teachings and indeed the actions of Our Lord. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well he spoke about first about the need for water, as he asked for a drink. This enabled him to tell her about the living water – which is himself (John 4:5-42).


Themes and topics across the school

The Church 
Autumn Term:Domestic Church (family) Family
Spring Term:Local Church (parish & diocese) Community
Summer Term:Universal Church (worldwide community) World


Autumn Term:Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination Belonging
Spring Term:Eucharist Relating
Summer Term:Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick Inter-relating


Christian Living  
Autumn Term: Advent, Christmas, Loving 
Spring Term:Lent, Easter, Giving 
Summer Term:Pentecost, Serving 


The Come and See programme is developed through three themes based on the four constitutions of the second Vatican council, Revelation, Church, Christian living and Sacraments. Each of the four constitutions are gradually explored each time in greater depth. The catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the human search for meaning, God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us and our response to faith. This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through: Explore, Reveal and Respond.

  • Within Explore –children begin to look at and focus on the experience with their own lives – concerning themselves, their relationships and the world. (This usual takes one week to complete)
  • Within Reveal – The heart of the process where knowledge and understanding of the catholic Faith is revealed through the Word, in Scripture, Tradition, doctrine, prayers, rites and Christian living. (This usual takes two weeks to complete)
  • Within Respond –this is where the learning is assimilated celebrated and responded to in daily life. (This usual takes one week to complete)

The new RED was recently published and although is not compulsory to use until September 2025, along with many other Catholic Primary Schools St Mary's has been trialling its use within some year groups in the Autumn of 2023. As of January 2024 all year groups have planned for Branch 3 and will continue to plan for the other branches over the remainder of this academic year. We have collaborated with both cluster schools and schools within the Cardiff and Vale cluster to use a variety of expertise to plan exciting, religion lessons that will deepen the faith of staff and children alike.


The scheme is divided into 6 Branches one for each half term, with all year groups following the same branch. 

Autumn 2023

Other Faiths

Judaism and Islam

Summer 2023

Spring 2023

Autumn 2022

"Together we inspire, empower and achieve, with Christ in our hearts"