Religious Education

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Overview

The RE Department is taught in a suite of classrooms with data projectors and screens in each room. The data projector in all teaching rooms can be linked to the school network in order to demonstrate pupils’ work for modelling, assessment or discussion purposes. ICT is widely used within the department.

At the heart of the school is our chapel, which is used regularly by RE teachers to enhance the learning experience of our pupils.

Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups with special attention paid to differentiating tasks to cater for the needs of our SEN pupils and our Gifted & Talented pupils too.

We are committed to developing Personal Learning Thinking Skills in our pupils, and to this end, deliver lively, active lessons that enable pupils to engage effectively with the topics, and in many cases, facilitate their own learning.

KS3

In KS3 pupils experience a varied curriculum in line with directives from the Bishops’ Conference. We aim to produce theologically literate individuals, who are able to use their knowledge and understanding to reflect on the world around them.

In Year 7, we begin our course with a study of the basics of what it means to belong to a Catholic School, exploring the chapel, the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), and prayer. We then move on to a study of the Bible, including the calling of Old Testament characters.

In the Spring Term, we explore the ‘World and Work of Jesus’ drawing comparisons with the nature of faith and discipleship today.

We then examine the beginning of the church, and embark on a study of the Catholic church today. We finish our Year 7 course with an exploration of the Hindu religion.

In Year 8, we begin our course with an introduction to Philosophy – exploring the attributes of God, and beginning to analyse the ‘Science v. Religion’ debate. From this, we look at the implications of believing in a creator God who endows His creation with responsibility by looking at ‘Stewardship and the Environment.’ Pupils are also introduced to the Sikh religion.

Main School REThe Spring term sees pupils exploring the concepts of sin, and evil, culminating in an examination of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We then move onto some Practical Ethics, with the pupils studying crime and punishment or war and peace as case studies of reconciliation in action. This term is concluded with an in-depth study of the Paschal Mystery.

The Year 8 course continues with a study of suffering, and the Sacrament of the Sick, leading to a detailed exploration of euthanasia. The Year 8 scheme concludes with an overview of the history of Christianity, and a look at the issue of ecumenism.

In Year 9, we begin our course with an analysis of the Creed, exploring such diverse topics as life after death, the evidence for the existence of Jesus, and the Turin Shroud. In these controversial topics, pupils are encouraged to use their critical thinking skills to evaluate their own position. The Autumn concludes with an examination of the Muslim religion.

The Spring term sees pupils exploring the Sacrament of Marriage and its associated issues. This term is concluded with a study of justice and human rights.

The Year 9 course continues with an examination of the Jewish faith, before pupils embark on a brief study of Mark’s Gospel to end their KS3 journey.

KS4

What will I study?

'Students will study the new Religious Studies GCSE created by EDQUAS as set down recently by the Bishops of England and Wales'

How will I learn?

Area of Study 1 - Catholic Christianity Overview. This area of study comprises a study in depth of Catholic Christianity as a lived religion within the United Kingdom and throughout the world. There are four sections: Beliefs and Teachings; Practices; Sources of Wisdom and Authority; Forms and Expressions of the ways of life. The content within each section should be studied with students being expected to recognise that Catholic Christianity is of one of the many religious traditions in Great Britain. Also that within Catholic Christianity there may be more than one perspective of a particular belief, practice or issue which might be more personal. Common and divergent views within Catholic Christianity in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed should be included throughout. The significance and importance of the various beliefs and practices to Catholics today should be explored throughout the four sections. (50% of course)

Area of study 2 - Judaism. This area of study comprises a study in depth of Judaism as a lived religion within with the United Kingdom and throughout the world. There are two sections: Beliefs and Teachings; Practices. The content within each section should be studied with students being expected to recognise that Judaism is of one of the many religious traditions in Great Britain. Also that within Judaism there may be more than one perspective of a particular belief, practice or issue which might be more personal. Common and divergent views within Judaism in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed should be included throughout. (25% of course)

Area of Study 3 – Philosophy and Ethics & Catholic Christianity. This area of study comprises a study in depth of aspects of Philosophy and Ethics in the context of Catholic Christianity as a lived religion within with the United Kingdom and throughout the world. There are two sections: Arguments for the Existence of God; Religious teachings on relationships and families in the 21st century. The content within each section should be studied with students being expected to recognise that Catholic Christianity is of one of the many religious traditions in Great Britain. Also that within Catholic Christianity there may be more than one perspective of a particular belief or practice which might be more personal. Common and divergent views within Catholic Christianity in the way beliefs, issues and teachings are understood and expressed should be included throughout. The significance and importance of the various beliefs, issues and practices to Catholics today should be explored throughout the two sections. This should include reference to how the Bible informs a Christian’s understanding of the topics. (25% of the course)

How will my work be assessed?

There will be three terminal exams at the end of Year 11. Each Exam will be 90 minutes & 90 Marks

How can I use this course after Year 11/ in the future?

This course as a full GCSE can be critical to gaining entry to further education institutions. Strong RE GCSE grades have enabled countless students to gain entry to sixth form colleges for A levels and students have also benefitted in terms of entry to North Warwickshire college as well.  You also are able to use it as a solid starting point for A level Religious studies. Philosophy and Ethics are key to the new A level and are popular subjects at university. This can lead on to careers in law, journalism and teaching.

If I want to know more I should ask……..

Please contact any member of the RE department.

Mr Bath Head of RE.