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Religious Education

Religious Education

KS3

Years 7, 8 and 9

Course content:

In RE at Key Stage 3 students will develop their understanding of what it means to be part of the Catholic faith community and a Catholic in a secular society. The Programmes of Study for each year are closely related to the Curriculum Directory of the Archdiocese of Westminster ensuring that all students are enabled to develop their religious literacy and understanding of how religious beliefs can affect the behaviour and lifestyle of a believer.

Within each year, students will study a range of topics aimed at increasing their knowledge of people, places, cultures and the environment. Each unit is supported with a wide range of learning activities and resources designed to empower students to be active participants in their spiritual, moral and academic development and to fulfil their God-given potential.

The Units for each year group are as follows:

Year 7

•  The Creed and beliefs

•   Scripture and Prayer

•   We are the Church

•   Festivals and Worship

•   Holy Space

•   Pilgrimage

 

Year 8

•   Creation

•   Covenant

•   Judaism

•   Jesus of the Gospels

•   Paschal Mystery

•   The Early Church

 

Year 9

•  The Search for Meaning & Buddhism

•   Morality

•   Religion and Animals

•   Wealth and Poverty

•   After Spring Term students will commence their GCSE study.

How learners are assessed:

Every half term an assessment task is given to pupils based on the unit. A level is awarded and recorded to track the progress of the pupil. As each level is awarded the pupils are given targets to help them understand why they gained the level and how to get to the next.

Homework:

Homework is set once a week following the school policy. Homework which has been set can be accessed by parents and students on Learning Gateway.

Students are encouraged to access the RE folder on Google Drive where they will find class presentations and a variety of external material relevant to their study.

Enrichment:

Work in partnership with the chaplaincy to provide a varied spiritual life through daily masses, the sacrament of reconciliation, retreats, and extra-curricular trips.

Revision:

Students are encouraged to access the extensive revision materials that are available on Google Drive. These include additional activities and resources to stretch all learners and inform classroom learning

 

KS4:

Years 10 & 11

Course content: 

Year 10, 2014

Students will follow the Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies course: Unit 8 Religion and Society. In Year 11, 2015 they will complete study of Unit 3 Religion and Life based on a study of Catholic Christianity. The modules covered at KS4 are as follows:

  • Introduction to GCSE Course
  • Rights and Responsibilities    
  • Environment and medical issues
  • Peace and conflict
  • Crime and punishment    
  • Believing in God    
  • Matters of life and death       
  • Marriage and Family                                                                                                                           
  • Religion and Community Cohesion

Year 11, 2014

Students are presently following the AQA GCSE course in Religious Studies - Specification A. In Year 10 students have studied Unit 5 on St. Mark’s Gospel. In Year 11 they are studying Unit 2 on Ethics. This course includes the following modules:

Medical ethics, racism, abortion, euthanasia, war, crime, poverty and the environment.

At Key Stage 4, GCSE students complete two separate papers in RE. Both papers are completed at the end of year 11. Both papers are an hour and half in length.

Extended Learning

How learners are assessed:

Students are assessed at the end of each module. Students are awarded a level and recorded to track the progress of the pupil. As each level is awarded the pupils are given targets to help them understand why they gained the level and how to get to the next.

Homework:

Homework is set once a week following the school policy. Homework which has been set can be accessed by parents and students on Learning Gateway.

Students are encouraged to access the RE folder on Google Drive where they will find class presentations and a variety of external material relevant to their study.

Enrichment:

Pupils are given the opportunity through the teaching staff and the chaplaincy to take part in readings at Mass and during the Christmas service. They are encouraged to do charitable work such as food donations to the local community.

Revision:

Students are encouraged to access the extensive revision materials that are available on Google Drive. These include past papers and examiner comments to enable students to prepare fully for public examination.

 

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