R.E.

Teaching Staff and Responsibilities

Mrs P Treacy: Subject Leader in RE
Miss P O’Dwyer: RE & Head of Year 10
Mr R Kephalas: Teacher of RE

 

KS3 (Years 7-9)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS3?

Pupils are taught in mixed ability form groups.

What are our aims at KS3?

  • To present engagingly a comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
  • To present an authentic vision of the Catholic Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society;
  • To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
  • To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life;
  • To stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
  • To maintain and/or stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Religious Education.
  • To enable pupils to be familiar with the body of religious knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary.
  • To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.
  • The outcome of excellent Religious Education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life (Religious Education Curriculum Directory p6).

How does this subject develop over KS3?

Placing RE at the core of the curriculum helps our school to fulfil its mission to educate the whole person in discerning the meaning of their existence. Pupils build upon the skills they have developed in key stages 1 and 2 and prepare for the transition to studying for GCSE Religious Studies.  Learning about religion includes enquiry into, and investigation of, the nature of religion, its beliefs, teachings and ways of life, sources, practices and forms of expression. It includes the skills of interpretation, analysis and explanation. Learning from religion is concerned with developing pupils’ reflection on and response to their own and others’ experiences in the light of their learning about religion.  Pupils develop the skills of application, interpretation and evaluation of what they learn about religion.

Pupils develop in their knowledge and understanding of the subject and are able to complete extended pieces of writing; analyse text; use and apply different vocabulary related to religion and develop the aptitude to work independently.  We enable students to be self-assured, confident learners, who are both resilient to failure and enjoy the challenge of learning.

What will my daughter learn at KS3?

The Religious Education department always aims to educate the whole person religiously, academically and spiritually.  At Key Stage Three pupils follow a programme that enriches their understanding of Catholicism. The pupils use the Way series in Year 7, the Truth series in Year 8 and the Life series in Year 9. These books are used in conjunction with a variety of other teaching materials, such as power point presentations, visual and audio materials.  Pupils complete class work that develops a range of skills such as analysis, empathy, evaluation and application of different Christian teachings and viewpoints.

Year 7

The Way

Topics studied:

  • Revelation and Faith in the Old Testament
  • God’s Promises fulfilled in Abraham and the Prophets
  • The Saviour and The promise of the Incarnation
  • The growth of the Church and its Mission
  • The Seven Sacraments
  • The study of the religion of Hinduism

Year 8

The Truth

Topics studied

  • Creation and understanding the theological truth in the accounts of Creation in Genesis.
  • The Covenant with Moses and the Exodus
  • Mystery of the Eucharist and belief in transubstantiation
  • The Paschal Mystery and understanding of Holy week
  • The Church in Britain and the Reformation
  • The study of the religion of Islam

Year 9

The Life

Topics studied

  • Spiritual Quest and understanding the problem of evil and suffering
  • The Gospels and their formation and message
  • Life in the Spirit and understanding the gifts of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation
  • God’s Call and understanding the importance of vocation in life
  • Morality and Conscience and what we mean by ethical decision making
  • The study of Judaism Practices and introduction of GCSE specification

Overview: This programme of study is produced by The Teacher’s Enterprise in Religious Education and endorsed by Cardinal Vincent Nicholls.

The RE Curriculum links to WTL can be downloaded below:

https://www.tere.org/assets/files/RECD_links_to_WTL_11-14_Year_olds.pdf

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

  • BBC Bitesize – KS3 Religious Studies – BBC.com
  • RE:quest
  • KS3 RE Quizzes | Learning and Teaching Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9

 

KS4/GCSE (Years 10-11)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS4?

In years 10 and 11, pupils are timetabled against English.  They are taught in groups of two bands arranged according to ability.  The upper band comprises sets 1 and 2 and the lower band groups 3, 4 and 5.  The lower band groups generally have fewer pupils with a significantly lower number in group five to allow for the one to one approach we favour with lower ability pupils.

The same curriculum is delivered to each group at level appropriate to their ability and all pupils are entered for the same examinations.  The same end of unit assessments are set for the groups, but the success of the outcome is assessed according to the target grade of the pupil. Timetabling allows for some movement within the ability bands but not across them.

Which GCSE specification do we prepare pupils for?

Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies A (2016)

The Pearson qualifications have been approved for GCSE in the Diocese of Brentwood.  In Brentwood diocese, the diocesan bishop has responded to the recommendation of the Bishops’ Conference and instructed schools to teach GCSE specifications which include content constituting 50% Catholic Christianity and 25% Judaism. The remaining 25% taught can be either a Textual Study or the study of Philosophy and Ethics.

This specification aims to:

  • To develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, and sources of wisdom and authority.
  • To develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject.
  • To engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life
  • To reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and will contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.

 

More information about this specification can be found here:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-a-2016.html

What will my daughter learn at KS4?

All students complete the GCSE Religious Studies Edexcel Specification A. This consists of three areas of study each with sub topics to learn. All topics are examined at GCSE level. Students have three GCSE examination papers at the end of year 11 in each of the above areas. Catholic Christianity (1 hour and 45 minutes), Judaism (50 minutes), Philosophy and Ethics (50 minutes) there is no coursework or controlled assessments.

Catholic Christianity (Worth 50%)

  • Beliefs and Teachings of the Catholic Faith
  • Catholic Practices of Faith
  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority in the Catholic Faith
  • Forms of Expression and Ways of Life in the Catholic Faith

Judaism (Worth 25%)

  • Beliefs and Teachings of Judaism Religion
  • Practices of rituals in the Jewish Faith

Philosophy and Ethics (Worth 25%)

  • Arguments for the Existence of God and the study of Thomas Aquinas
  • Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st Century

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

We advise students to use Kerboodle (https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login )

In addition to Department revision guides, the following revision guides can be purchased

GCSE Religious Studies for Edexcel A: Catholic Christianity with Islam and Judaism Student Book

My Revision Notes Edexcel Religious Studies for GCSE (9-1): Catholic Christianity (Specification A): Faith and Practice in the 21st Century (Edexcel Gcse My Revision Notes)

 

KS5/A Level (Y12-13)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS5?

At KS5, classes are taught in option groups which are all mixed ability.

Which A Level specification do we prepare pupils for?

Pearson Edexcel A Level Religious Studies.  More information about the specification can be found by following the link below:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/religious-studies-2016.html

What will my daughter learn at KS5?

Philosophy

  • Philosophical issues and questions:
  • The nature and influence of religious experience
  • Problems of evil and suffering
  • Philosophical language
  • Works of scholars
  • Influences of developments in religious belief

Ethics

  • Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics:
  • A study of three ethical theories
  • Application of ethical theories to issues of importance
  • Ethical language
  • Deontology
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Works of scholars
  • Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.

New Testament

  • Social, historical and religious context of the New Testament
  • Texts and interpretation of the Person of Jesus
  • Interpreting the text and issues of relationship, purpose and authorship
  • Ways of interpreting the scripture
  • Texts and interpretation
  • The Kingdom of God, conflict, the death and resurrection of Jesus
  • Scientific and historical-critical challenges, ethical living and the works of scholars.

 

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-level-revision/religious-studies-level-revision

http://www.rsrevision.com/contents/ethics.htm

 

Future pathways/careers

Students can progress from this qualification to:

a range of different, relevant academic and higher education qualifications

employment in a relevant sector

further training.