R.E.

Staff

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

 

Resources available in dept

There are two RE classrooms which are fitted with interactive white boards and conventional white boards with full internet access. When appropriate, we use the computer rooms for teaching RE through ICT.

Ethos of the department

To bring the school mission statement to life for pupils and to foster the values of the gospel and the pursuit of life long learning. To enable pupils to understand themselves as spiritual beings and to foster respect and tolerance of the views of others.

KS3 Curriculum

Statement of Aims

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 enable pupils to see Religious Education in the context of a wider body of knowledge and skills.

To enable pupils to be able to work independently and as part of a team.

To develop an awareness in pupils of the implications of religion (past and present) for the individual, the community and the environment.

To allow the pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.

To raise standards of achievement and to address the individual needs of all pupils encouraging the fulfilment of their potential.

Statement of Progress

Work set for pupils allows for excellent pupil progress with an aim for all pupils to build upon their KS2 attainment

All pupils have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to exceed their RE target grade.

Curriculum Overview – for each academic year the content for each subject

Year 7: The Way

Year 8: The Truth

Year 9: The Life

Overview

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

RE Curriculum Directory Links to WTL The following documents can be downloaded below: RECD links to WTL 11 – 14 year olds

How Classes/Groups are Organised

Pupils are taught in mixed ability form groups.

Links to Relevant Websites

BBC Bitesize – KS3 Religious Studies – BBC.com

 RE:quest

KS3 RE Quizzes | Learning and Teaching Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9

 

This recently revised and updated programme of study is produced by The Teacher’s Enterprise in Religious Education and endorsed by Cardinal Vincent Nicholls. There are revision resources provided on the TERE site for use by students here. This is supplemented by extended work in the Summer Term focussing on World Religions.

KS4 Curriculum

Core Aim of Qualification

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.

Exam Board and Weblink to Exam Board

Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies A (2016) | Pearson qualifications

Curriculum Overview 

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%) Judaism (Worth 25%) Philosophy and Ethics (Worth 25%)
Beliefs and Teachings Beliefs and Teachings Arguments for the Existence of God
Practices Practices Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st Century
Sources of Wisdom and Authority    
Forms of Expression and Ways of Life    

How Classes/Groups are Organised

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.

Links to Relevant Websites

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

In addition, revision guides can be purchased from Amazon

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

Core Aim of Qualification

Students who choose to undertake Religious Studies at Key Stage 5 will complete the Edexcel Level 3 GCE, which comprises three distinct, but integrated, areas of study: the Philosophy of Religion; Religion and Ethics; and New Testament Studies, each of which is assessed via an external examination after two years.

Each paper is composed of four questions: an 8 mark knowledge-based question; a 12 mark question, where students are invited to examine an important issue in their given unit; a 10 and 20 mark question related to a scholarly article the students would have studied over the course of the A-Level; and a synoptic 30 mark paper, where students are expected to make links between all three areas they have covered.

Exam Board and Weblink to Exam Board

Edexcel AS and A level Religious Studies (2016) | Pearson.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6

Curriculum Overview 

Philosophy Ethics New Testament
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

 

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.

·         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.

 

Links to Relevant Websites

https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-level-revision/religious-studies-level-revisionhttp://www.rsrevision.com/contents/ethics.htm

Future Pathways

Students can progress from this qualification to: ● a range of different, relevant academic and higher education qualifications ● employment in a relevant sector ● further training.

Careers

Dept Feedback Policy

Careful thought is given to the purpose of assessment, adopting a wide range of methods to reflect schemes of work and learning opportunities. Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process, a valuable formative and summative tool. Pupils are encouraged to be aware of the evidence and assessment techniques being used and review their own progress. Marking at KS3 is positive and pupil friendly. Teachers must identify how a pupil may improve their grade.  Marking should improve pupil motivation.

key stage 3 are given copies of descriptors and follow the school KS3 assessment policy. All assignments assessed and marked at the end of each unit.

KS 4 Ongoing informal teacher assessment in all lessons. Pupils written work  is marked according to the grade descriptors and levels of the examination board.

KS 5 Written assessments are marked according to the guidelines set out by the Examination Board.

Teachers responsible for recording grades and marks.

Homework in RE

RE homework is to be set regularly for each class, in accordance with class homework timetables.  At present KS3 pupils obtain one RE homework per week. KS4 pupils obtain two homeworks per week.

Enrichment Activities

Activities vary each year.

Pupils are given the opportunity to attend revision courses outside of the school arranged by examination boards. Pupils have visited the Jewish Museum to enhance their learning in KS4 RE. Pupils attend retreats at KS3 to allow spiritually growth.

Pupils are given the opportunity to attend leadership programmes with Cafod