Religious literacy

Religious literacy refers to the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the teachings, traditions, and practices of the Catholic faith. It encompasses a comprehensive understanding of Catholic beliefs, rituals, sacraments, moral teachings, and the history of the Church.  Religious Literacy at St Joseph’s aims to foster a deep understanding of the Catholic faith, enabling pupils to engage in meaningful discussions, make informed decisions, and live out their faith in their daily lives. It also promotes respect for other religious traditions and encourages dialogue and interfaith understanding.


We develop religious literacy through a variety of methods and practices. Here are some approaches we use:

1. Religious Education Curriculum: We have a structured curriculum covering various aspects of the Catholic faith. This curriculum includes teachings on scripture, sacraments, moral values, Church history, and Catholic social teachings. It provides a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith.

2. Prayer and Worship: We incorporate prayer and worship into daily routines. Pupils participate in regular Masses, prayer services, liturgies and devotional practices. These experiences help our pupils to develop a personal relationship with God and deepen their understanding of Catholic rituals and traditions.

3. Religious Retreats and Reflections: We often organise retreats and reflection days for pupils. These events provide opportunities for pupils to reflect on their faith, engage in spiritual exercises, and deepen their understanding of Catholic teachings. Retreats also encourage personal growth and foster a sense of community among pupils.

4. Service and Social Justice: We emphasise the importance of service and social justice as integral parts of the Catholic faith. Pupils are encouraged to engage in acts of service and participate in social justice initiatives. These experiences help our pupils understand the practical application of Catholic teachings and develop a sense of compassion and empathy towards others.

5. Integration Across the Curriculum: We integrate religious teachings across various subject areas. This approach helps pupils see the connections between their faith and other academic disciplines, fostering a holistic understanding of the world and their place in it.

6. Faith Formation: We offer additional faith formation programs, such as workshops, assemblies, retreat teams, and peer ministry groups. These programs provide opportunities for pupils to deepen their faith, engage in discussions, and support one another in their spiritual journeys.

By employing these strategies, we aim to develop religious literacy in our pupils, equipping them with a strong foundation in the Catholic faith and nurturing their spiritual growth.

RE lessons developing pupils’ Religious literacy.