St John’s Catholic Junior School,




“Love one another as I have loved you”


We aim to provide the very best Catholic education for our pupils. St John’s Catholic Junior school is a learning community underpinned by a Catholic ethos based upon Gospel values. We aim to celebrate the uniqueness of every child, enabling each to reach his or her potential spiritually, morally, academically and socially.

We strive to achieve this aim through the general and prayer life of the school, as well as Religious Education. 


Religious Education Curriculum

We recognise that the school has a special part to play in supporting parents who strive to develop a lasting faith commitment within their child. Together we guide them to a meaningful relationship with God, with Jesus, the Word of God, and with the Holy Spirit, who guides our every action. In school, we do this in three main ways:

  1. by creating an atmosphere which pervades the whole life of the school, where the unique value of each person is recognised and respected. The most powerful agent in this process is the example of Christian behaviour and attitudes shown by all members of staff through their actions and words, and in the relationships they foster.
  2. by creating a structured liturgy appropriate to the age and ability of the children. In partnership with our parish priest, opportunities are created for prayer and worship closely matching the liturgical calendar. School  Masses, assemblies and services are all important elements in our liturgy.
  3. by delivering a planned programme of Religious Education.

We use ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ scheme to provide the basis for teaching the doctrines of the Catholic Church. The children explore the religious dimensions of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with the pupils’ own experiences and with the other faith traditions.



Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1

The Christian family

The Bible

Gifts from God

The kingdom of God

Autumn 2

Mary, our mother

Trust in God

The Commandments


Spring 1

Called to change

Jesus, the teacher

Inspirational People

Jesus, the bread of life

Spring 2


Jesus, the saviour


Jesus, Son of God

Summer 1

Celebrating Easter and Pentecost

The mission of the Church

Life in the risen Jesus

The work of the Apostles

Summer 2

Being a Christian

Belonging to the Church

People of other faiths

Called to serve

We proudly proclaim our faith and invite all to join us on our journey, but we welcome children and families of other faiths to our community and we regularly learn about other faiths and cultures.



Celebration of Worship

We believe that Christian worship in a Catholic school is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our response, in word and action, to God’s invitation to enter into a relationship with God through the work of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit. Worship is  as an essential part of Religious experience and is therefore an integral part of our school day. We aim to actively involve children in ways which are suited to their age and stage of personal, social and religious development.

Worship may take a variety of forms:


  • Whole School Masses, in school and in church.
  • Whole school assemblies
  • Whole School Good Work Assemblies
  • Class Liturgies and collective worship
  • Reconciliation Services
  • Gatherings in the school prayer garden
  • Prayer trails




A whole school assembly is held at the end of each school week, which is child lead and to which parents are invited. This is followed by a  celebration of work, achievement and attendance. An adult lead assembly takes place every Tuesday morning. This is sometimes lead by visitors from organisations such as, CAFOD, NSPCC, Mission Together or Samaritan’s Purse. 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciliation services take place during the seasons of Advent and Lent. The celebration includes readings, prayers and songs and the children are given time for quiet reflection.


Class Liturgies

Within the classroom setting, liturgies may take the form of celebrations within a topic or may focus on seasonal events. Daily prayers are said in each class, in the morning, before  lunch and at home time. These will involve formal and informal prayers with time also given for private prayer. Each classroom also has a focal point for prayer in the form of a prayer table. This display changes as the year progresses and according to the season. Children play an important role in the planning and delivery of collective worship in school. With increasing independence, throughout the school, children work in  small groups to choose their own theme then plan appropriate activities to gather pupils together, select scripture, identify ways for the children to respond to The Word and plan a way to take the message forth within their RE lesson.


Additional Opportunities

Our Year 3 and 4 children perform a nativity in the lead up to Christmas. Our Year 3 children attend a ‘Teaching  Mass’ as part of the Year 3 Sacramental preparation, at church with the Parish Priest. Y3/4 also take part in Masses for Advent, Mothering Sunday whilst Y5/6 celebrate Mass for Remembrance and Lent. All children participate in Holy Week activities such as The Washing of the Feet, class Passover feast, The Way of the Cross and Easter Mass. All children set up and  take part in prayer trails, in their classroom during the seasons of Advent and Lent.