Catholic Life

Catholic Life of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Welcome to our page about the ‘Catholic Life of our School’

Through this page we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the elements which make our Catholic school so special.  

On this page you will find information to help us to support the development of our children's faith and Religious Education. 

We have included links to our Mission Statement and photographs showing special celebrations, some of our diverse opportunities for Collective Worship and charity work.

https://www.st-josephs-pri.oxon.sch.uk/school-mission

https://www.st-josephs-pri.oxon.sch.uk/latest-gallery

These are the links to the information sent out termly about the teaching of RE in your child’s class and ideas for you to support this teaching at home.

EYFS

KS1 (years 1 & 2)

LKS2 (years 3 & 4)

UKS2 (years 5 & 6)

Links to RE documents which are found by clicking on drop down options Parents – Class information – key stages

The children’s own experience, at the appropriate level of growth, is the basis on which their awareness and knowledge of God is developed.  Our religious teaching is not confined to specific daily lessons but permeates the whole life of the school and our dealings with the children, each other and visitors.

Awareness that we are called to serve those in need beyond the school community is developed through activities chosen by the Social Justice Group.  This is a team of volunteers from Years 5 and 6 together with class teachers.

https://www.st-josephs-pri.oxon.sch.uk/social-justice

The Diocesan Scheme of Work, “Learning and Growing as the People of God”, is supplemented by the celebration of the Liturgical Year of the Church. This is achieved through class teaching, collective worship, assemblies and mass.

The children in Years 4, 5 and 6 attend mass on a rotational basis on Wednesday in the Church. Parents are welcome to join us for mass. 

Each class has three prayer bags which are sent home with the pupils on a rotational basis. These are for use at home and contain activities and prayers to support the RE curriculum at home.  Please ensure these are returned to school.

Our children learn traditional prayers in each year group throughout the school and we use these as part of our daily acts of collective worship.

Links to the prayers are found by clicking on drop down options Parents – Class information 

Each term begins and ends with a mass celebrated in school.

Our celebration of the Liturgical Year includes:

In the Autumn Term:

  • At the start of the academic year, the prayer tables have a green cloth, symbolising hope and life, for ordinary times.
  • There is a Harvest Thanksgiving with produce collected for local food banks.
  • October is the month of the Rosary and classes are encouraged to pray at least a decade of the Rosary each day.
  • During Advent, the cloths on the prayer tables are changed to purple which is associated with penance.
  • This is the season to prepare for Christmas.  KS2 having the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in school.  We have an Advent Service for the whole School Community. 
  • There is a celebration of the Nativity through drama by EYFS and KS1. 
  • The choir and orchestra lead a Carol Concert.
  •   All retiring collections are donated to a local charity providing Christmas Lunch for the homeless.

In the Spring Term:

  • Prayer tables have a white cloth symbolising joy and light for the Christmas season.  After the Feast of Baptism of Our Lord and a return to ordinary times, the cloths on the prayer tables are changed to green.
  • During the season of Lent, the cloths on the prayer tables are changed to purple.
  • If we are in school on Ash Wednesday, the children receive ashes.
  • During the season of Lent all KS2 children have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in School.
  • Stations of the Cross-take place in the school hall where we have our own ‘Way of the Cross. 
  • Depending on when the school holidays occur, the children are either prepared for Holy Week or there are appropriate assemblies during that week.

In the Summer Term:

  • The resurrection of our Lord is celebrated during the school holidays however the Easter season continues until Pentecost so there are assemblies and displays to highlight the importance of this feast.
  • Prayer tables have a white cloth for Easter season until Pentecost when they are changed to green for Ordinary Time.
  • On the 1st May if it a weekday or on a weekday near to that date, we have a mass in school to celebrate the feast of our patron, St Joseph.
  • The children in Year 3 (and other year groups as appropriate) make their First Holy Communion in their own parishes. Representatives of the school community celebrate with all the children in their parishes.  There is also a Thanksgiving Mass in school when the children may wear their special clothes and there is a treat for the children.
  • May is the month of Mary so in honour of Our Lady, there is a procession to crown the statue of Mary in the School Grounds.
  • KS2 say the Angelus daily whilst KS1 recite the Hail Mary at noon.
  • The Ascension and Pentecost are marked by assemblies.
  • Around the time of the Feast of the Corpus Christi, there is a time of Eucharistic adoration in the Church for KS2.
  • The Feast of St. Peter and Paul is celebrated with mass in school.
  • The children in Year 6 are confirmed in their own parishes. Representatives of the school community celebrate with all the children in their parishes. There is also a Thanksgiving mass in school and a treat for the children.

Other useful links:  

https://www.st-josephs-pri.oxon.sch.uk/sites/www.st-josephs-pri.oxon.sch.uk/files/RE%20monitoring%20inspection%20June%202014%20and%20RE%20inspection%20June%202009.pdf

https://www.st-josephs-pri.oxon.sch.uk/sites/www.st-josephs-pri.oxon.sch.uk/files/2016-10/Religious%20Education%20Policy_0.pdf