Through our core values, our aim is to help learners recognise Christ in themselves and others, and so to be the body of Christ in the World.
At St Joseph’s, our curriculum is underpinned by these values, derived from our mission statement. These core values are present in us all as they are in Jesus. They encourage us to celebrate God’s presence in our lives and respond in thought and in all we do.
We define our core values under spirituality, independence, resilience, co-operation and creativity.
As children of God, we are all spiritual and we aim to foster this understanding in our learners. We believe learning at St Joseph’s is a spiritual quest for our children.
We provide opportunities to nurture their relationship with God, as we support them on their journey of faith.
We can encourage this through nurturing prayer, love and an awe of God and the world He created.
Encouraging learners to act and think for themselves, with confidence.
We aim to create reflective learners who are not afraid to make mistakes and move their learning forward.
Encourage learners to take risks and be brave as well as being patient and understanding towards each other.
Learners recognise the importance of not giving up, forgiving and asking forgiveness.
Encourage learners to work, learn and play together.
There are many opportunities throughout the year to play an active role in the school and wider community.
Jesus showed the beauty of co-operation when he helped others and fed the five thousand.
Encouraging learners to take ownership of their learning and expand their thinking.
Learners are given opportunities throughout the curriculum to explore and develop their creativity.
Creative thought and discussion are encouraged and all children’s contributions are valued.
We believe that Christian worship in a Catholic school is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in words and actions, to God’s invitation to enter into relationship, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
The teaching of values and moral development form an important part of pupil’s holistic development and help them prepare for life in modern Britain. The RE curriculum includes:
Schools do not accept intolerant attitudes to members of the community; attitudes which reject other people on the basis of race, faith, gender, sexual orientation or age are really challenged. A baseline for a fair community is that each person’s right to ‘be themselves’ is to be accepted by all. Tolerance may not be enough: RE can challenge children and young people to be increasingly respectful and to celebrate diversity, but tolerance is a starting point. It is much better than intolerance.
In the RE curriculum attention focuses on developing mutual respect between those of different faith and beliefs, promoting an understanding of what a society gains from diversity. Pupils will learn about diversity in religious and worldviews, and will be challenged to respect other persons who see the world differently to themselves. Recognition and celebration of human diversity in many forms can flourish where pupils understand different faiths and beliefs, and are challenged to be broad minded and open hearted.
In RE pupils learn the significance of each person’s ideas and experiences through methods of discussions. In debating the fundamental questions of life, pupils learn to respect a range of perspectives. This contributes to learning about democracy, examining the idea that we all share a responsibility to use our voice and influence for the wellbeing of others.
In RE pupils examine different examples of codes for human life, including commandments, rules or precepts offered by different religious communities. They learn to appreciate how individuals choose between good and evil, right and wrong, and they learn to apply these ideas to their own communities. They learn that fairness requires that the law apply equally to all, irrespective – for example – of a person’s status or wealth.
In RE, pupils consider questions about identity, belonging and diversity, learning what it means to live a life free from constrains. They study examples of pioneers of human freedom, including those from within different religions, so they can examine tensions between the value of a stable society and the value of change for human development.
For more information about the British values taught at St Joseph’s, please refer to our British Values Statement.