At St. Joseph’s, the RE curriculum underpins all aspects of life at our school and is a fundamental part of everything we do. As a school, we teach using the Diocesan strategy, 'Learning and Growing as the People of God' to ensure that our pupils receive well-rounded and engaging RE lessons.
We assess the children regularly using the national and diocesan assessment. Children have the opportunity at the start of each unit, using the RE Unit Markers to share what they would like to learn and then assess what they feel they have learnt at the end.
In addition to the diocesan strategy, we have dedicated themed weeks. For example, Vocations Week where we look carefully at how people are called by God to fulfil their vocations; in their call to way of life, call to work and the universal call to holiness. We also have a dedicated multi-cultural week which seeks to support the children in learning about other faiths.
Along with liturgy and prayer, the RE curriculum is the foundation on which the school’s spiritual and moral growth is built. All those who learn and work at St. Joseph's School are valued and the teaching of our faith reflects this. We also see our faith as the building blocks of our home/school links. At St. Joseph's, home, school and parish are linked through our Masses and charitable works.
- To help children to search for God, to meet God, to come to know God and ultimately to enter into a personal relationship with God.
- To transmit Gospel values, virtues and attitudes within the Catholic tradition. To assist the children to form and develop positive attitudes to God, to other people, to themselves and to the world around them.
- To support the growth of each child emotionally and socially into a well- integrated, self-confident adult who will be committed in a personal way to the service of God and who will have an understanding of the challenges and benefits of being a Catholic in an increasingly secular world.
- To assist children to express their faith and nurture it through prayer, liturgy and the Sacraments.
- To foster and encourage a partnership between home, school and parish in pursuit of developing the children’s Catholic faith and moral and social development.
- To enable children to develop their knowledge of God’s message through the Bible and the doctrine of the Catholic faith.
- To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum.
- To foster an understanding that our personal spirituality and faith is to considered a life-long journey rather than an inflexible body of knowledge to be gained.
- To foster acceptance and respect of the cultures and beliefs of others.
As a Catholic School Academy, the Catholic religious ethos is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within the Religious education programme. The children’s faith is enriched through contact with the faith and prayer of the teachers and the Christian atmosphere of the school. Children are helped to understand their world and their lives in the light of their faith. The school supports, extends and clarifies what the children learn and experience at home and in church.
Daily worship and Religious Education are seen as having an important influence in promoting the Christian attitudes and values we hope children will apply throughout their lives.
Developing an awareness of God’s World. Praying, celebrating and supporting the needs of others. The school celebrates Holy Mass at special times. The Religious Education we provide is in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith. We teach the “Learning and Growing as the People of God” programme. This scheme is the curriculum strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, approved and commended by the Archbishop of Birmingham. This strategy is also supplemented by the “Here I Am” scheme and other resources. It complements the catechesis which takes place in the home and parish.
There is a daily act of worship for all children that is suited to their age and stage of personal, social and religious development. Children are involved as much as possible in leading school worship. The parish priest, Fr Michael Ho, helps the children to appreciate and participate in the liturgy of the Church. During the school term, the children take part in the celebration of the Mass either in church or the school hall. The major Christian festivals are celebrated with special services in which pupils participate. Parents are very welcome to join us on these occasions. When the children are in Year 3 they prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The school welcomes the support of the parents at this time in the spiritual lives. In Year 6 the children prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Throughout this involvement, we aim to deepen the faith of the whole family at these important stages in a child’s life.
Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and worship. It is not expected that parents seeking a place in a Catholic School would wish to exercise this option. In many instances it would be very difficult to identify a specifically “Religious” element in a topic or theme as Catholic philosophy underpins so much of our everyday work. Any parents considering withdrawing their children from this area of the curriculum should put their requests in writing to the Principal. They are very strongly urged to discuss the matter with the Principal in advance of any such decision.