Head of Faculty
Miss L Eccles – Interim Head of RE e-mail
Members of Faculty
|Mrs J O’Riley||Teacher of RE|
|Miss V Scott||Teacher of RE|
|Deacon S O’Looskan||Teacher of RE/Chaplain|
|Miss M Barber||Teacher of RE|
The RE faculty is built around the instruction we are given at the end of Mass – to ‘Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life’ – We firmly believe that this is our mission as the lead faculty of the school.
The RE faculty nurtures and encourages ‘confident and reflective young people and gives them a strong moral and spiritual foundation’ – they will have grown because of the wealth of experiences and opportunities that we provide for them.
This all hinges on ‘an engaging, relevant & enriching curriculum’ – in KS3 we plant the seed of interest and wonder as we take them through a liturgical, sacramental and Christ-centred journey to prepare them for KS4 – the content of which addresses head-on the issues of today’s world within the context of the Catholic Church and the life of Jesus Christ.
Using this knowledge, understanding and in order to bring the subject to life we see ‘student centred liturgy’ as an integral part of our role. This allows students to reflect further on their experiences in the classroom and to understand the place they fill as members of the ‘Church’.
The RE classrooms are a sanctuary for our young people where they are a part of ‘a fully inclusive and welcoming experience’ – one which ensures that all their needs are catered for; where each child is recognised as a child of God with equal value.
Faith is a gift – and we hope that through their RE experiences our ‘young people will grow to be witnesses to their faith in the wider community’ – ready to take their places and answer their individual vocation. To be our ambassadors in local parishes, primary schools, national youth events, Ghanaian communities.
These charitable experiences will see them focus on ‘social justice’ and the ‘common good’ – imperative in our celebrity culture and materialistic society. They will choose Christian role models and habitually choose to ‘walk humbly’ with our God.
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Classes are taught as form groups by all members of the faculty and have 2 hours of RE per week. Staff within the faculty have collaboratively written a Scheme of Work using ‘The Curriculum Directory’ and this is spread between 6 modules per year.
The Scheme enables our students to develop knowledge and understanding of the four areas set out by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales – Revelation, The Church, Celebration and Life in Christ.
For more information please click on this link and scroll to the bottom of the page to download the directory.
Classes are taught in mixed-ability groups receiving two hours per week in Year 9 and 10 and three hours per week in Year 11. We follow the EDUQAS specification in Religious Studies B – Fundamental Catholic Theology, Applied Catholic Theology and Judaism.
There will be many opportunities for ‘student-centred’ learning involving independent research and the opportunity to develop informed viewpoints.
* You will learn about the teachings of the Catholic Church and be able to support this with biblical evidence
* You will develop the skill of evaluation through class discussion and focused written responses
* You will improve your analysis skills through learning to examine ethical issues in detail
* You will need to analyse and critique arguments studied in order to assess the validity of an argument
The course is assessed at the end of Year 11 with three written exams.
AS and A2 classes receive five hours of curriculum time per week with an additional one hour per week intended for independent study and research. We follow the OCR specification ‘Religious Studies’ and study the following modules:
Year 12 (AS)
Unit A – Religion and Ethics
Unit C – Philosophy of Religion
Year 13 (A2)
Unit 3B – Philosophy of Religion
Unit 4C – Ways of moral decision-making
The course develops a students’ interest and enthusiasm for religion and its relation to the wider world. It is an academic discipline developing knowledge, understanding and evaluation skills which enable the student to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes. The areas of study include arguments about the existence of God, the problem of evil, ways of moral decision making, religious teaching on the nature and value of human life, abortion and euthanasia.
The course is assessed at the end of Year 13 with three written exams.
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