About Faithful St Joseph's
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St Joseph's School.
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Religious Education Curriculum
As a Catholic school R.E is embedded in all aspects of our school life. Our RE provision is supported by the scheme of work ‘God Matters’. This scheme follows the liturgical year. Prayer and worship are an important part of the life of our school. The children and staff pray together each day, either in Collective Worship as a whole school or in smaller groups such as in class. Each day begins and ends with prayer.
Our journey with Christ begins at different points along the road and we recognise that the faith and understanding of the children within our care may be beyond that which they can articulate. We recognise, as a school, that through striving to live the Gospel Values, we can create an atmosphere of nurture that impacts on all areas of our children’s school life.
The 'God Matters' curriculum is split up into ten themes which are revisited and developed each year to support the faith development of the children. In each unit, related aspects of different world faiths are also taught.
Each topic is revisited each year building on the children’s knowledge. Therefore, although the unit titles remain the same, pupils’ experiences, knowledge and learning all progress.
Creation (September 4 weeks) – explores the creation story and considers why we should look after God's creation.
Prayer, Saints and Feasts - explores our relationship with God and how we celebrate our Saints. (This is covered in November when we celebrate Our Saints and All Souls and again in the Summer term.)
Sacraments (October 4 weeks) - children develop a deeper understanding of each of the seven sacraments within the Catholic Church.
Other Faith (1 week) - Islam
Advent ( Nov for 2 weeks): Looks at the season of Advent and how we prepare for Jesus' birth.
Christmas ( 1 week before Christmas and 2 weeks after to include the Feast of the Epiphany) : Looks specifically at the story of Christmas and what it means for us.
Revelation: (January for 4 weeks) Develops the children's knowledge of how God shows himself to us.
Lent: (19th February for 4 weeks) Children develop an understanding of how we prepare for Easter through the teachings and example of Jesus.
Holy Week: (19th March I week) Children explore each of the different stages of Holy Week and empathise with Jesus and the disciples throughout this time.
Easter ( 16th April for 4 weeks) : Children are given the opportunity to explore the sacrifice Jesus and God made at this time.
Pentecost and Mission ( May for 4 weeks): Explores the events of Pentecost and the importance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Other Faith (18th June 1 week) - Judaism
Other faith- (25th June 2 weeks) Sikhism and Hinduism.
Big Questions and Faith Project RE – (9th July – end of Term) Revisiting areas. Retreat/Pilgrimage Experiences.
Jackie Clarke and Emily Rowe