Religious Education

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In the Religious Education department, we ensure that all pupils and students have a valuable and enjoyable learning experience based on the core message of our mission statement.  Through high quality teaching and rigorous assessment, we ensure that pupils strive for excellence within themselves and as a result reach their full potential.  In addition to the academic structure of our curriculum, we nurture a learning environment based on mutual respect, leading to dignity and justice.

 

RS curriculum on the website

KS3

Pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 study a variety of topics based on the Curriculum Directory written by the Bishops of England and Wales. Religious education provides rich opportunities for children and young people to learn about things that matter in the lives of many people, in the local area and the wider world. Topics include the exploration of the Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church and the Life and Teachings of Jesus. Christian beliefs, teachings and ways of living, so that they can explore a range of responses to questions of identity, meaning, purpose, values and commitments. tree RE

 

Assessment

Pupils are introduced to GCSE assessment objectives on entry to Year 7.  The skills they will develop will help them throughout their studies of Religious Education as well as in other curriculum areas across the school.  Assessments are set throughout the two year programme and marked used GCSE structures.  Reports issued to students will be unlevelled; the reports will indicate if the pupils is working below, at or above expected progress for their age group. The reports will focus on the areas the pupil needs to work on to make improvements.

Setting

Pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 are placed in sets according to ability and prior attainment.

 

GCSE

Students follow the Eduqas GCSE Route B Religious Studies specification, which begins early in the Autumn Term of Year 9 and continues through to the final exams in the Summer Term of Year 11.   During this time students will study a wide range of topics across three examined modules, which leads to a full GCSE qualification.  The modules included in the qualification, along with their weighting, are as follows: Cross
  • Component 1 – Foundational Catholic Theology – 90 minute exam, 37.5% of qualification
  • Component 2 – Applied Catholic Theology – 90 minute exam, 37.5% of qualification
  • Component 3 – Study of Religion, Judaism – 60 minute exam, 25% of qualification
JSD

Assessment

Throughout the GCSE course students will develop a range of skills and be regularly assessed on the development of these skills.  Assessments and PPEs will be based on GCSE exam style questions and marked using the Eduqas marking criteria.  Reports will focus on areas which students need to further develop.

A LEVEL

Students follow the Edexcel GCE Religious Studies specification over the two years in Sixth Form.  During this time, students will study a range of topics across three disciplines, which leads to an A Level qualification.   The modules included in the qualification, along with their weighting, are as follows:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Study of Religion (Theology)
  • Each exam is 2 hours long and is 33.33% of the qualification.
Ethics


General RE

Our students in Sixth Form who are not taking an A Level in Religious Studies will follow a custom built programme aimed at developing an understanding of social ethics in light of Catholic teaching.  The course covers a range of topics including sexual, medical and environmental ethics, studied from a range of ethical perspectives.  Students will complete all the connected work during the timetabled lessons and there is no examined element.

 

Department Staff

Mrs C Groom Director of Learning – Religious Studies

Mrs N Robinson Deputy Director of Learning – Religious Studies

Miss V Austin Assistant Director of Learning – Religious Studies

Mrs F Molumby Teacher of Religious Studies

Miss A Hill Teacher of Religious Studies

Miss L Izzard Teacher of Religious Studies

Mr M Brailsford Teacher of Religious Studies

Mr J Wood Teacher of Religious Studies

Mr G Rowlands Teacher of Religious Studies