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 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 Josephs School are enabled to be in touch with God, to know his Church and to know the meaning of Discipleship. We believethat 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 theReligious Education Curriculum Directoryset out by the Bishops of England andWales. 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)
Come and See
TheCome and Seeprogramme was developed to respond to the needs of children todayin 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 new Religious Education Curriculum Directory.
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
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