St Joseph's exists to serve the needs of the children in the Catholic Parish of Exmouth. Mass is celebrated regularly in school with both whole-school and class masses. Daily assembly is held and provides an opportunity for prayer and reflection on religious themes. The children are given regular instruction in each class, following the 'God Matters' framework. Sacramental preparation is parish-based.

In St Joseph’s school, Religious Education is provided in accordance with the rites and teachings of the Catholic Church. The syllabus, schemes of work and core RE programmes are used with the approval of Bishop O'Toole through his appointed advisers. While Religious Education has a particular place in the timetable, it also underpins and is reflected in all areas of the curriculum. The Worship which takes place reflects the life and worship of the Catholic Church and, at the same time, respects the journey in faith of the individual. Each day, staff and pupils gather together for worship. They do so either as a class, a Key Stage or as a whole school.
At all times we teach Religious Education by engaging and child based activities. We give the children the knowledge and tools to make their own informed choices.

Parents should inform the Headteacher if they wish to withdraw their child from RE lessons or collective worship.

God Matters


The 'God Matters' curriculum is followed throughout our school and is split up into ten themes which are revisited and developed each year to support the faith development of the children.


Creation - explores the creation story and considers why we should look after God's creation.

Sacraments - children develop a deeper understanding of each of the seven sacraments within the Catholic Church.

Prayer, Saints and Feasts - explores our relationship with God and how we celebrate our Saints. This is covered in Novemebr when we celebrate Our Saints and All Souls and again in the Summer term. 

Advent:  Looks at the season of Advent and how we prepare for Jesus' birth.

Christmas: Looks specifically at the story of Christmas and what it means for us.

Revelation:  Develops the children's knowledge of how we should follow God's laws and how we are waiting for Jesus to come again.

Lent: Children develop an understanding of how we prepare for Easter through the teachings and example of Jesus.

Holy Week: Children explore each of the different stages of Holy Week and empathise with Jesus and the disciples throughout this time.

Easter:  Children are given the opportunity to explore the sacrifice Jesus and God made at this time.

Pentecost and Mission:  Explores the events of Pentecost and the importance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.


Classes also learn about events within our Liturgical Year, relevant Saints and times of particular focus e.g. October as the month of the Rosary. 

Every year, children also spend three separate weeks learning about other faiths e.g.: Judaism, Sikhism and Islam.