St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Reddish

The Five Ws

Our rich curriculum embraces our Catholicity at its heart and complies with the Religious Education Directory requirements. In addition to RE lessons which are supported by ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’ scheme, we use the 'Caritas in Action' programme which looks at the social teachings of the church and half termly multi-faith teaching.

All classes also have planned acts of collective worship on weekly basis as well as termly year group and whole school masses at Church.  As the children progress through the school they take pleasure in planning class collective worship themselves.

We follow 5 areas along the guidelines of the '5 W's framework’: Word. Worship, Witness, Welfare and Welcome and you can see below a brief overview of each area.

Word of God - Listening to and being part of the story of Jesus Christ as the centre of everything in our school and challenging ourselves by the power of his word.

Welcome - How we put Jesus at the centre of our community and reach out and celebrate the diverse needs of our community.

Welfare - How we cultivate an attitude of love, care and respect for each other in our community.

Worship  - Opportunities that we provide to use the Scriptures to celebrate together so we can demonstrate the glory of God in our lives.

Witness - Witnessing the key values of Jesus such as in our Mission statement ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. Recognising that is with us in every aspect of school life.

Mrs Baron leads weekly assemblies for KS1 and KS2 which focus on a different 'W' each week.  The children then discuss these and produce work for their 'Big Book'.  In addition to this, through the Year different classes lead an assembly for their phase and parents.  See the assembly led by 5MG below. 

Big books

Our ‘Big RE books’ are already beginning to burst at the seams. These giant class books contain photographs, drawings and writing by our children in relation to activities or celebrations outside of RE lessons which are part of the Catholic life of our school. Reflections from assemblies, photographs of special masses, work around our class saints and year group charities are all displayed proudly in these beautiful books. Here you can see some of the front covers of these very special books, carefully crafted by our staff and children.