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Religious Education

St Joseph’s takes pride in having a strong Catholic ethos which is committed to doing the very best for all the pupils in our care.

Our mission statement was written by the whole school community: governors, staff and pupils.

Here at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we learn and grow through the love of Jesus. Our community is a safe, caring and happy place where everyone is supported and valued. We encourage and challenge everyone to achieve their full potential, spiritually, academically, morally and socially. We inspire others with a love of learning and aim for excellence in everything we do. Through our own faith, we treat one another the way we would like to be treated. We help every child to be gentle and fair: to always do their best.

We live out our mission statement by the values that we promote:

  • Love
  • Faith
  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Excellence

We expect these values to guide everyone in our school community to be the best we can be in our everyday lives.

Who was St Joseph?

Who was St Joseph?

St Joseph was the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. According to the earliest Christian traditions, he was a carpenter or woodworker. The Gospel of Matthew calls him a “righteous man,” meaning he was an observant Jew who obeyed God’s law.

The Gospel of Luke tells us that when Jesus was twelve, Joseph took him and Mary to Jerusalem to visit the Temple. They became separated, and Mary and Joseph spent three days looking for him. When they found him, Mary said to Jesus: “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” In reply, Jesus said: “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:48-49)

Mary referred to Joseph as Jesus’ father, honouring his role in caring for and protecting Jesus, and raising him in the Jewish faith; the reply of Jesus refers to God as his Father, and introduces a common theme in his preaching: Our faithfulness to God must come before even our closest human relationships.

St Joseph is patron saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, expectant mothers, the dying, travellers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers and working people in general. He has two feast days: 19th March for Joseph the husband of Mary and 1st May for Joseph the Worker. The 19th March has been the most celebrated feast day for Joseph, and it was not until 1955 that Pope Pius XII established the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker" to be celebrated on 1st May. This is also May Day (International Workers' Day) and believed to reflect Joseph's status as the patron of workers.

On 19th March, pupils at St Joseph’s attend Mass to celebrate the feast day of our patron saint.

Our RE Curriculum

At St Joseph’s we use the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education programme from EYFS to Year 6. It is based on the theological foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and the revised RE Curriculum Directory.

‘Come and See’ provides:

  • Opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection.
  • Children with the language of religious experience.
  • Opportunities to explore and develop religious stories and events.
  • Appropriate materials about other faiths.

Overview of Content:

The process for delivering the topics in ‘Come and See’ has three stages – Explore, Reveal and Respond which enables the pupils with the development of knowledge, understanding, skills and the fostering of attitudes. The nine topics are subdivided as follows:

Autumn Term

  • Family - Domestic Church
  • Belonging - Baptism/Confirmation/Marriage/Vocation
  • Loving - Advent/Christmas

Spring Term

  • Community - Local Church
  • Relating - Eucharist
  • Giving - Lent/Easter

Summer Term

  • Serving - Pentecost
  • Inter-relating - Reconciliation
  • World - Universal Church

House Groups


 Each child at St Joseph’s is a member of a house group. There are four of these named after English saints.

House Group


Feast Day 

St Edmund Campion


1st December

St Margaret Clitherow


4th May

St John Fisher


9th July

St Thomas More


22nd June

Each house group is assigned two house captains from Year 6 who are role models for their team. School staff are also assigned a house group.

Children receive house points for lots of different things in our school e.g. exemplary behaviour, good manners, being polite and helpful, producing excellent work, contributing to class discussions and being positive role models. When a child receives a house point, this is recorded on a chart in their classroom. The house captains count the house points and the weekly results are announced by the head teacher. All children are praised for their efforts and the winning house is congratulated.

RE Information Letters 

Useful RE Websites

Here you will find useful prayer and learning resources:

Archdiocese of Birmingham - Diocese Education Service

St Joseph's Parish

As a Catholic primary school, we work in partnership with the Parish of St Joseph’s. Fr Peter Murphy, Fr Tomasz Margol and Deacon Garry Cullen are regular visitors to our school.


Fr Peter Murphy - Parish Priest

Fr Tomasz Margol - Assistant Parish Priest

Deacon Garry Cullen

Mass Times

Masses at St Joseph’s church are as follows:


  • 8am
  • 9.15am 
  • 11am 
  • 5pm 

 On Holy Days of Obligation, Masses are at 7.30am, 10am and 7.30pm.

Monday to Friday:

  • Monday - Friday 10am 


  • 10am 
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also available on request)
  • 6pm - Vigil - The First Mass of Sunday

 Private Prayer

The Church is open for private prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every day (Monday to Saturday) from 10.30 - 11.30am


Confessions can be heard, upon request, before or after any Mass.

Contact Details

St Joseph’s Church
The Presbytery
1 Orchard Road

020 8402 0459

The Parish Office is open 8.30am - 12noon, Monday to Friday.

For further information about St Joseph’s Catholic Church, please see their own website at:



A view of St Joseph’s Church from Plaistow Lane


 Inside St Joseph’s Church

Archbishop John Wilson

Archbishop John Wilson has recorded a special message to the whole school family about the current situation that we find ourselves in.