Religious Education

Religious Education Curriculum 

In Catholic schools, as in any school, Religious Education is taught as an academic subject. However, the whole life of a Catholic School has to be an expression in practice of Catholic belief and Catholic tradition. As they grow, the children are encouraged to put their faith into practice in their own lives.

In class, the children help to prepare and participate in masses and assemblies. Not only in the teaching, but also in the daily practice of the faith, our children are helped by the personal example of the staff.


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However great the opportunities given and examples set, they will have little lasting value without the support and encouragement of parents. We try hard in school, but we can only do that with your support and with what you do at home. In handing on the faith, parents are the first and best teachers. By working together for the children, parents and teachers make this school a place which we can truly say

‘Glory to God’

'Love one another, as I have Loved you'

(John 13: 34-35)


Home/School/Parish Partnership 

We believe that the school alone cannot undertake a child’s religious education. Religious Education begins at home at Baptism; the parents are the child’s first teachers and support the child with his/her first religious experiences. The school works in partnership with parents and parish to enrich the lives of our children.

We distribute Religious Education newsletters each term to inform parents about the forthcoming topics and notify parents of Masses and liturgies both in the school and the Parish.

St. Joseph’s regularly supports Parish events and fund raising e.g. CAFOD, Catholic Children’s Society and Advent appeals, Lenten appeals.

Our School attends our local parish Church Our Lady of Willesden on Holy days of Obligation and feast days, preparing and leading the mass for other parishioners.

 

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 Liturgy and Collective Worship

Our Catholic faith is central to day to day life of our school and all aspects of the curriculum, and pupils are encouraged to recognise the importance of their faith and they respond to all forms of liturgy and collective worship with respect and reverence. Please click here for our daily school prayers.

We have a rich liturgical life in that the experiences we provide are wide ranging and take place in school, out of school, in Church and the wider community, and engage and involve pupils, parents, staff, governors and the parish.

The Celebration of the Eucharist and prayer are central in our school.

Our Parish Priest regularly celebrates Mass in School. Children attend Mass each half term to celebrate a week day mass with parishioners. In addition, we celebrate School Masses at the beginning and end of term, our school feast day (March 19), Holy Days of Obligation and other significant occasions.

Our Parish Priest makes weekly visits to classes which further enhances children’s knowledge, skills and helps them to develop a deeper understanding of their faith.

 

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Mission Statement

 

At St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School we strive to create a stimulating environment so that by learning, playing and working together, we openly follow Christ’s teachings. We seek to offer every person the opportunity to be a unique and valued individual, sharing and developing belief in the teachings of Jesus through everyday relationships and mutual respect in our dealings with one another.

In order to achieve our mission:

  •   We stand on holy ground
  •   We will always open our doors in welcome
  •   We will always love and care for each other as Jesus taught us
  •   We will always place the Word of God at the heart of our school
  •   We will always be witnesses to our faith by following in the footsteps of Christ

                                                                                               

 Religious Education Programme of Study

Religious Education is a fostering of each child’s relationship with God and their neighbour. This begins at Baptism and is continued at home as well as at Church and School.

The school delivers religious education through the composite units which are updated termly within the liturgical cycle. These planned units of work are age appropriate and empower pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding to be religiously literate (please click here). These units are also linked succinctly to the Religious Education Curriculum Directory and the Agreed Understanding in the Levels of Attainment across the phases. Links are made with the children’s own experience and the universal experience. Children are also encouraged to explore links with other faiths and traditions. There is a programme of visits to places of worship for pupils in KS1 and KS2. Scripture plays an important part in the Religious Education programme and connections are made between the readings and the children’s lives.