St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Healds Road, Dewsbury, WF13 4HY01924 462053

Curriculum  »  Teaching of RE

At the heart of Catholic education lies the Christian vision of the human person. This vision is expressed and explored in religious education. Therefore, we believe that religious education is never simply one subject among many, but the foundation of the entire educational process.
  • We believe Religious Education is, then, the core subject in a Catholic school.
  • Religious education contributes to evangelisation and catechesis but its specific contribution to the Catholic Life of the school is primarily educational and so Religious Education will be planned, taught, assessed and monitored with the same rigour as other curriculum subjects.
  • We understand Religious Education to be the systematic study of the mystery of God and of Jesus Christ, of the Church, and of the central beliefs which Catholics hold.
‘The outcome of Religious Education is religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.’

The Aims of Religious Education
  • to promote knowledge and understanding of Catholic faith and life
  • to promote knowledge and understanding of the response of faith to the ultimate questions about human life, its origin and purpose
  • to promote the skills required to engage in examination of and reflection upon religious belief and practice

Curriculum time allocation:
In line with Bishops’ Conference recommendations, 10% of curriculum time is allocated to Religious Education. This does not include Collective Worship.

Programme of Study:
To fulfil the above aims and to address the 4 areas of study outlined in the Curriculum Directory – Revelation, Church, Celebration and Life in Christ  - The Way, the Truth and the Life is used as recommended by the Diocese.
Class Topic Overviews Autumn 2

The topic overviews detail what aspects of faith will be covered in Autumn 2 (October to Christmas).