Religious Education (RE) is at the centre of all work at Saint Joseph’s. We believe that RE is the foundation of the curriculum. The beliefs and values it communicates, inspires and unifies all aspects of our school life and enables the children to experience faith in action.
At the heart of our Religious Education curriculum is the Curriculum Directory. We follow this closely ensuring full coverage for 5-7 year olds and 7-11 year olds. “The promotion of the human person is the goal of the Catholic school.” (The Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales 2012)
We use The Way, The Truth and The Life as a scheme to assist the delivery of the Curriculum Directory.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me". John 14:6
Worship is an essential and constant feature of the school. Celebrations occur regularly according to the liturgical seasons and special feasts. They involve staff, children, clergy and parents and are carried out in ways suited to the children’s own particular stages of development. Collective worship can take place as an assembly, prayer service, mass or class sessions.
At St. Joseph’s we use The Way, The Truth and the Life scheme to support the Curriculum Directory. As we live in such a diverse society which is ever changing, we believe that it is important to set aside time for other Faiths each Year. We give our children from Foundation Stage all the way through to Year 6, the opportunity to study an aspect of Judaism annually and we study Hinduism as our other Faith. The reason we also look at Hinduism is a result of the demographics of our local community. We want to provide our children with opportunities to learn and to respect world faiths.