Religious Education

St Joseph’s is  a Catholic school, Religious Education is a core subject and is planned, taught, assessed and monitored with the same rigour as other core curriculum subjects.

The outcome of Religious Education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.


RE is split into three important strands:

  •  Catholic Life
  •  Teaching and Learning 
  •  Collective Worship
RE Display Web

RE Syllabus:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 follow the  new Religious Education Directory ‘ to know you more clearly’ This programme follows the Diocesan Syllabus approved by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales and adopted by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. Years 2 to 5 will continue to use the come and see programme for one more academic year.


Teaching Time Allocation: (This does not include times of Collective Worship)is 10 % of the time table.


Collective Worship

Monday - Whole School Gospel assembly

Tuesday - Thursday - In class

Friday - Celebration assembly


Mass and Liturgies

As a school we will celebrate Holy days of Obligation and St Joseph’s day. We attend Mass at our local parish church and parents are always very welcome to walk with us and celebrate with us. All year groups will visit St Joseph’s as part of their Religious education and have the opportunity to speak with Fr Tony.

Our RE Curriculum


Visit from Jan Beaumont from Cafod

We welcomed Jan Beaumont from CAFOD to St Joseph's on 13th October, and she kindly led assemblies for all the children in Years 1-6 on the theme of 'Harvest' and 'Sustainability'. 

Jan told us how CAFOD helped Luana who lives in the Brazilian Amazon. When fires destroyed the crops and trees that Luana’s community rely on to survive, CAFOD’s local experts helped them to replant using sustainable methods so that they would have food to eat and to sell.  

Jan told the children how the money raised in our Lenten Appeal earlier this year had helped to support communities around the world in many ways from supplying solar lights in refugee camps, to helping people around the world who have no access to water for drinking, washing and farming.

Jan praised the school for our fundraising efforts, and presented us with a certificate of thanks from Cafod.

We would like to thank Jan for visiting us, and for being so informative and interesting.  


A Prayer from Cafod, a prayer of hope for the future of our planet

Walk beside us, Lord, in the cool of the day, in the garden you have created as our common home.
Walk beside us, Lord, as the cries of the forest pierce the dawn, and flames rip through our common home.
Grant us courage, Lord, as we walk beside all those who struggle, to protect our common home.
Grant us hope, Lord, and the vision to walk dark paths in the light of a single sunbeam.
Grant us grace, Lord, to put the flourishing of all people and the wonder of your creation at the heart of all we do, as we strive to be guardians of our common home.
St Francis, pray for us