St. Joseph's Primary School follows the curriculum strategy – Learning and Growing as the People of God - provided by the Archdiocese of Birmingham for teaching RE in a Catholic primary school.
The thematic approach enables RE to be taught through other subject areas as links in learning provide the children with opportunities to make connections. There are also numerous opportunities for extended writing in RE and to enhance RE learning through the use of ICT.
In addition to the diocesan strategy, we have a dedicated multi-cultural week which seeks to support the children in learning about other faiths.
The purpose of Religious Education in a Catholic school is to give children knowledge, understanding and experience of Catholic life and faith and to ensure the development and transmission of Catholic faith and culture for the Catholic community.
At St Joseph’s we aim to give the pupils the opportunity to:
- raise their awareness of the presence of God in our Catholic school and in our life.
- develop their understanding and knowledge of the “Good news” of Jesus more clearly and relate it to their everyday lives.
- live every day as people who love God and those around them, his people.
- live out their Christian faith, their response to God’s revelation, in such a way that their faith becomes central to their lives and the basis of all their decisions.
- develop the range, depth and quality of their prayer life.
- enable reflection on experience, values and attitudes in the light of the scriptures and teaching of the church.
- raise self esteem, mutual respect and valuing of the human person, recognising that all are made in the image and likeness of God.
Please click on the links below to access a sample unit of the syllabus for each class:
As a Catholic school, everyone at St Joseph’s is fully committed to promoting our values and virtues linked to the Gospels.
Pupils at St. Joseph's are growing to be:
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.
We are also committed to promoting British Values which have been defined by Ofsted under four headings:
- The Rule of law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths and Beliefs.