Religious Education at St Joseph’s
‘Go ye therefore and teach all nations’
Religious Education is central to the life of our school and permeates the whole curriculum and school life. We aim to bring our children to an understanding of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ and a love and reverence for God. St Joseph’s is a Catholic school and for our children to grow up to be practising Catholics there must be a commitment to the faith within the school and at home. From their first arrival with us at Nursery, our children learn how unique and special they are; created in the image and likeness of God.
Each class learn about their adopted saints, one male and one female. Look at the class pages or ‘St Joseph and Class Saints’ link and you will see who they are. The artwork for each saint was produced in special workshops with the help of an artist and the original artwork is displayed in each classroom; they are almost two metres in height and the children are very proud of them.
This school sees Religious Education as the Core and Foundation of the entire educational process. Because of this, every child is given equal opportunity for development to the highest potential. Through Religious Education we communicate the beliefs and values which should inspire and unify every aspect of school life and the Curriculum. This gives St Josephs its distinctive nature as a Catholic School.
Children who become part of St Joseph’s School are enabled to be in touch with God, to know his Church and to know the meaning of Discipleship. We believe that Religious Education is not a subject among many but the foundation of the entire education process. In addition to studying the Life and Teachings of Jesus, the children study a variety of World Faiths. This enables our children to understand more about the larger community outside home and school. We show the similarities rather than the differences. We have a duty to foster these similarities because God made all men and women to dwell on earth in harmony.
Across the curriculum we actively look for opportunities to allow all children to flourish, to develop and to make the most of their gifts and talents. In this way every child is afforded the opportunity to shine.
At St Joseph’s we follow the Religious Education Curriculum Directory set out by the Bishops of England and Wales. We provide the children with rich opportunities to learn about God and their faith, through our Religious Education curriculum, and through links across our creative curriculum.
The outcome of excellent Religious Education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.
(Religious Education Curriculum Directory – 2012)
Follow the link below for our RE Policy:
Come and See
Here at St Joseph’s we follow the Come and See programme from EYFS through to Year 6. The Come and See programme was developed to respond to the needs of children today in their faith journey, to enable them to grow in their religious literacy and understanding in a way that is coherent with current educational principles. It integrates the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Levels Of Attainment and the Religious Education Curriculum Directory.
Click the link to find out a little more: https://www.comeandseere.co.uk/
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. Throughout a child’s school journey they will each have the opportunity to explore different faiths and religions as part of this curriculum.
Below is the overview for our whole school RE Curriculum
Have a look at what Come and See RE topics we are doing across the school each term this year:
At St Joseph’s the assessment of RE is ongoing. We listen to how the children express themselves using examples from the Gospel, being confident in using and understanding the Bible and Scripture. We encourage children to articulate their thoughts, feelings, ideas, knowledge and understanding using key religious vocabulary and ‘driver’ words whilst making links with the Gospel and discussing how they would live their lives following Jesus’ example.
At the end of each topic, children write an extended piece of writing in their RE books. Tasks are based on activities within areas of the Come and See programme. These meet the Catholic Levels of Attainment in Religious Education;
AT 1 Learning About Religion and AT 2 Learning From Religion
Teachers assess children’s work within their class using National Curriculum Levels for each year group. Assessment guidance documents are provided for each topic. Teachers highlight the levels achieved and add reasons for awarding the level. All assessed pieces of work are collated and added to a whole school portfolio.
At the end of each term, teachers complete their RE Assessment Tracking Grid which shows attainment and progression for each child across the year. These are assessed in line with Literacy assessments.
Moving Towards the New RE Standards Framework
Assessment in RE has now changed for many schools. The New Assessment Framework will be skills-based focused. We will be moving towards this new framework in Autumn 2019.
There will be a focus on children’s knowledge and understanding, engagement and response in RE and analysis and evaluation which will be a new additional attainment target.
‘… it is expected that the learning will make a direct contribution to the moral and spiritual formation of pupils, that they might become more reflective in their lives and more understanding in their response to encountering difference…’
(Age-Related Standards in Religious Education p.4 2019)