Our Lady & St. Werburgh's Catholic Primary School

Fiat Voluntas Dei - May God's will be done

Seabridge Lane, Clayton, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 4AG

(01782) 973 888

Catholic Social Teaching


At Our Lady and St Werburgh's, we want to instill in our children a Catholic conscience and make them advocates for a better, fairer and more sustainable world. We believe that CAFOD's Catholic Social Teaching Principles provide the basis for our children to develop their awareness of, and duty to, the world that God created for us all. The nine principles of Catholic Social Teaching provide a framework by which we plan and deliver a Catholic curriculum that develops our children's social responsibility, enabling them to learn how to live together as stewards of God's earth, working towards a common good. Our curriculum is planned using a Big Question approach, to enable our children to ask questions of meaning and purpose, as outlined below: 


CAFOD's nine principles of Catholic Social teaching are: 

  • Human Dignity
  • Common Good
  • Participation
  • Subsidarity
  • Stewardship
  • Option for the Poor
  • Solidarity
  • Distributive Justice
  • Promotion of Peace  

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we teach the principles through 9 friendly cartoon characters who demonstrate these principles in an age-appropriate way:

In Key Stage 2, the children learn more about their own social responsibilities and entering God's Kingdom through the keys, which represent each of the principles: