High expectations ensures RE is taught with the same rigour, enthusiasm and academic study as any other core curriculum subject. Teaching RE at St. Joseph’s dynamically contributes to children’s education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, whilst allowing them to fully understand the implications of thinking there can only be a right or wrong response. Furthermore, we provide a Catholic curriculum which is broad and balanced; one which recognises that everyone is unique and is created in the image of God.
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The Religious Education curriculum at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary is based on the Strategy ‘God Matters’ and staff refer to the R.E. Curriculum Directory as well as the diocesan planning guidance. God Matters is designed to ensure clear progression is seen across the primary ages- from Reception to Year 6. The God Matters scheme of work comprises of 10 units. These 10 units are taught annually in ever year group but the focus and content is different this ensuring continuity and- as previous stated- progression. It is supported by a clear approach to teaching and learning. This clear approach is characterised by the 3 E’s: Engage, Explore, Express. It is structured in a way which allows for deep learning and real engagement with the RE Content.
The units covered are as follows:
2. Prayers, Saints and Feasts
7. Holy Week
9. Pentecost and Mission
10. Sacraments (this unit is sometimes taught earlier in the year)
Alongside God Matters(programme of study), children also have a knowledge organiser for each unit that outlines the key people (who they will cover) and key vocabulary to support them with their understanding to ensure they can recall key terms by the end of their unit. Children are also persuaded to refer back to these during their learning to help them to apply newly taught vocabulary.
Over the course of the year children are immersed in other faiths where they can learn about: Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam. Not only does this provide children with the opportunity to understand different religious groups, it also weaves in the similarities and differences between these faiths and that of the Catholic faith.