Statement of Intent
We are committed to the Catholic Faith; recognising and valuing every individual as special and unique in the image and likeness of God.
At St. Joseph’s our Religious Education respects and promotes each child’s innate capacity for wonder, awe, reverence and spirituality. Our Religious Education curriculum leads our children to take inspiration from the Gospel teachings and to aspire not to have more, but to be more; children are taught about God’s love; they learn about their Christian responsibilities; children are provided with experiences of church, Catholic and Christian traditions, as well as being taught to be respectful and understanding of people and traditions from other faith backgrounds.
We follow the scripture based scheme of learning ‘The Way, The Truth, The Light’ based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic schools. It is creatively taught across the school drawing on all other areas of the curriculum and offers an effective, systematic and rigorous approach to teaching and learning.
Our children are encouraged to take ownership of the liturgical life of the school, further supported by the ‘Faith in Action’ program. They are given opportunities to explore their faith through masses led by the parish priest, trips and joint events with other local Catholic Schools both primary and secondary. There are close ties with the local parish supported further by the work of the school’s Mini Vinnies.
Assessment against the descriptors is used to inform planning and to identify areas for focus and support. Learning and assessment is moderated internally and externally within deanery meetings.