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Religious Education

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.

RE Policy

Water Class have been learning about the church and made models of St Finbarrs.

Water Class role played Jesus appearing to Thomas when he rose from the dead.

Fire Class Eastertide - The children role-played when Mary Magdalen visited the tomb.

Earth class have been hot seating Saint Paul

Holy week in Fire Class

A virtual Christmas blessing from Father Jed.


Fire class made Christingles to prepare for the birth of Jesus.

Fire class learnt about Diwali

The children listened to a story about Diwali and then did a range of different activities from, making Diva lamps, creating different Rangoli patterns and designing Mendhi patterns on paper hands.

Earth class learnt about Yom Kippur

We have been learning to make the Sign of the Cross in Water Class

Our first Class Assembly in Water Class

KS1 Mass

KS1 creating a Mary Altar as they learn about Mary Our Mother

Donations collected for our Harvest charity, Catching Lives

Creating poppies in forest school

All Saints Mass at St. Finbarr's

Learning in the Peace Garden

Y6 joining mass day at St. Edmund's, Dover

HCPT collecting a cheque for £500 raised through Lenten activities

The Easter Story by Air Class