RE is taught in four classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and projector. One classroom also has four desktop computers for students to use.
Syllabus at Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8 students explore a variety of key questions centred around the themes of identity, purpose and fulfilment. Lessons focus on providing students with the opportunity to learn about religion but also to learn from religion. Students answer a particular key question over a unit of work which lasts for 1 term.
The primary purpose of RE at Key Stage 3 is to enable students to explore the mystery of God, the life and teachings of Jesus, the teachings central to the Catholic faith and the relationship between faith and life. By exploring these key themes students are given the opportunity to engage, question and reflect upon the major facets of the Catholic faith.
Autumn: Unit 1 – What does it mean to belong to the Church?
Spring: Unit 2 – Why was Jesus put on earth?
Summer: Unit 3 – How can Christians live life to the full?
Autumn: Unit 1 – What does it mean to say ‘I am Catholic’?
Spring: Unit 2 – Why does the Church exist?
Summer: Unit 3 – How can Christians be the People of God today?
Syllabus at Key Stage 4
Students studying RE at GCSE follow the EDUQAS Route B course. This comprises of 3 units:
- Foundational Catholic Theology. In this unit students study core Catholic beliefs within the context of two main themes; Origins & Meaning, and Good & Evil.
Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies. They will be expected to support their responses using appropriate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and sacred texts. These texts might include, for example: the Bible; extracts from the documents of Vatican II or other ecumenical councils, Extracts from Papal encyclicals and exhortations, extracts from the work of key theologians and thinkers such as St Augustine of Hippo as well as the views of past and current philosophers (including ethical philosophers).
- Applied Catholic Theology. In this unit students study the application of core Catholic beliefs within the context of two main themes; Life & Death and Sin & Forgiveness.
Students must be aware how varied interpretations of sources and/or teachings may give rise to diversity within traditions or textual studies on religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of different perspectives. These may derive from either different religions or different views/denominations within a particular religion.
- In this unit students study two major aspects of a second world religion; Beliefs & Teachings and Practices.
Students must know, understand and express common and divergent views and the basis for beliefs, teachings and practices. References to relevant sources of wisdom and authority are expected, including scripture and/or sacred texts.
Assessment is in the form of 3 examinations:
- Foundational Catholic Theology – 37.5 % (90 minutes)
- Applied Catholic Theology – 37.5 % (90 minutes)
- Judaism – 25% (60 minutes)
Students will receive one overall grade based on their performance in the 3 exams.
The RE department runs a pilgrimage to Lourdes every year, as part of the diocesan pilgrimage. This takes place during the summer half term holiday. The RE department also encourages spiritual development within the Academy through the organisation of class Masses and year group retreats