In St. Joseph's Middle School we believe that the aim of religious education is to contribute to the development of the children as individuals and valued members of society. Our principal task is to help children to know, understand and appreciate the spiritual and religious dimension of life as expressed in the Catholic faith tradition and important aspects of other traditions.
We aim to:-
* Encourage the children to explore the beliefs, values and way of life of the Catholic tradition, to introduce them to other faith traditions, to encourage a deepening understanding of their faith and to foster respect for other people, their beliefs and lifestyles.
* Present a systematic presentation of the Christian event, message and way of life, in ways appropriate to the age and stage of development of the child.
* Allow space for searching and questioning, to challenge the children to examine their own life stance, to deepend their personal faith commitment and to respect that of others.
* Provide opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection.
Year 5 and 6 follow the 'Come and See' Catholic Religious Education programme. Central to the programme are three basic human questions and the three Christian beliefs that are the Church's response in faith.
Where do I come from? Life - Creation
Who am I? Dignity - Incarnation
Why am I here? Purpose - Redemption
At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God's self revelation of love through Jesus Christ. 'Come and See' gives the pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and Tradition.
Year 7 and 8 follow 'The Way, the Truth and the Life'. This programme is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools published by the Bishops' Conference. The syllabus for this series incorporates attainment targets: learning about religion (A.T.1) and learning from religious (A.T.2). These are set out in the form of specific key learning objectives for each of the six modules studied each year.
Children are encouraged to develop their faith by regular prayer in class, Collective Worship, Masses and other religious celebrations throughout the year.
Citizenship has been taught at key stage 3 and 4 since 2002. It enables pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to become informed, active and responsible members of local, national and global communities.
At St. Joseph's we teach the programmes of study via timetabled humanities and RE lessons where citizenship objectives are made explicit and known to pupils and special off-timetable events. Issues will include:
Government elections and voting
Developing skills of democratic participation
Britain as a diverse society
Close liaison has taken place with QEHS and other partnership middle schools to plan an effective scheme of work for KS3.