Subject Leader: Mrs Seager-Fleming
Link Governor: Dr. Carmel Digman
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 have strong links to St. Finbarr's Church and our Parish Priests, who contribute to each child’s religious journey. Children have the opportunity to lead on all aspects of school worship, living out the Gospel Values and sharing this with the wider community.
Religious Education at St. Joseph's consists of 10 percent of the weekly timetable for each class. However, Religious Education is not a standalone topic. Teachers are able to integrate Religious Education into different lessons and parts of the school day.
We follow the scripture based scheme of learning ‘Come and See’ based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic schools.
Teachers are encouraged to adapt the scheme ensuring all pupil’s needs are met and lessons are always related to their lives. Teachers also ensure that when they teach Religious Education that they provide opportunities for the pupils to discuss, reflect and question what they have heard. Tasks in Religious Education will vary by class and by topic but can include writing tasks, construction, role-play, art, music and discussions. Teachers plan tasks which often involve the collaboration of pupils, promoting further discussions and learning.
Religious Education is also taught through our community links where we often welcome visitors and our Parish priest Father Peter Soper. He often visits the school and takes part in discussions with pupils and school masses. Pupils often go to the parish church to attend Mass and to also learn more about the church.
Our children are encouraged to take ownership of the liturgical life of the school, there are opportunities to be part of Cafod Club and Mini-Vinnies. 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.
For further information and pictures of our Catholic Life, please see the class pages.
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.