Religious Education at St.Joseph's
Religious Education is central to the life of our school. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils and enables them to become aware of God’s presence in their lives, helping them to foster a caring, Christian attitude towards others. R.E. also enables pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, while recognising the many similarities and differences which link these faiths together.
Come and See
Our RE programme, Come and See, is based upon the core resources recommended by the Diocese. The programme aims to raise questions and provide materials for children to reflect on their own experience. It helps them to explore the beliefs and values and the way of life of the Catholic traditions, and of other faith traditions, developing good attitudes and dispositions so that children are instilled with a 'love of learning' and a desire to go on learning.
Each year group from Reception to year 6 have their own list of focus topics to consider throughout the academic year. The topic will coincide with the church calendar however, the depth in which the topic is explored is dependent upon the respective age of the child. For example, during Lent, whilst all children will learn about the plight of Christ, our Early Years children will consider the importance of growing and new life; Key Stage 1 children explore the effect of change and opportunities, with Key Stage 2 children considering the importance of self-discipline, sacrifice, death and new life.
At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self-revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and Tradition.
RE Curriculum Overview
Collective Act of Worship
At St Joseph's, we always strive to provide quality experiences of prayer and liturgy that support pupils’ spiritual development. These communal acts of prayer and the liturgical celebrations of the Church form part of everyday life in our school. We aim to give children the opportunity to pray by giving praise and thanks to God through saying traditional prayers of the Catholic Church and through other forms of worship such as singing and dancing.
Each class take part in Collective Acts of Worship daily. This takes form is different ways such as morning, lunch and afternoon prayers, class liturgies, whole school mass or planned Collective Act of Worship.