“Teaching is good, with some examples of outstanding teaching. Pupils are given a very
good start in nursery and reception.”
– Diocesan Inspection
Subject Lead: Mr Hunt
At St Joseph’s, the key driver words for our curriculum are embedded in the teaching of Religious Education. This applies to the skills, knowledge and understating that children acquire. In Religious Education children are:
- Respectful learners when they learn about other faiths and religions such as Islam and Judaism.
- Reflective when they take an active part in Collective Worship and take into consideration the needs of our global family.
- Resilient when they apply deep learning to Religious Education content.
At St Joseph’s, we have designed a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum, which is accessible to all. It has been designed to maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. As our pupils progress, we intend our children to learn about religion (AT1), learn from religion (AT2) and analyse and evaluate.
Our Religious Education curriculum aims to ensure that children:
- present engagingly a comprehensive and challenging content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith
- show a commitment to continually deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively.
- present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society,
- show an awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them
- To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life, displaying honesty and friendship to others.
- develop a sense of curiosity and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith
- creatively relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum.
- are motivated and believe they can do it!
The Religious Education curriculum at St Joseph’s will offer children the opportunities to draw upon skills, behaviours and knowledge. To be able to do this, all pupils are:
- Taught lessons that allow them to reflect and develop a depth of understanding
- Given the opportunities to plan, budget for and resource areas of the school (Fair Trade Tuck Shop)
- Able to make a difference to the wider world (Mini Vinnies)
- Through local visits, Synagogue and Mosque, and visitor experience, given opportunities to become increasingly aware of the opportunities available in the wider world through the study of Religious Education.
At St Joseph’s children have discreet Religious Education lessons that equates to 10% of our curriculum time, this does not include Collective Worship. We believe Religious Education is the core of our curriculum and school.
The quality of our Religious Education curriculum is reviewed and adapted on a regular basis so we are confident it meets the needs of all our pupils. The impact of Religious Education is measured at St Joseph’s through a range of monitoring procedures. We monitor the quality of teaching on a regular basis providing CPD where needed, monitor and look in children’s books to see if key Religious Education concepts have been taught, children have a deep understanding. In addition to this, discussions with teachers, pupils and parents are held.
Assessment is an essential part of measuring our Religious Education curriculum. Termly data is collected to see the impact of Religious Education teaching. Moderation takes place in house, with Catholic clusters of schools and through termly meetings attended by the RE coordinator.