Welcome to the RE Department

Introduction

In the faith life of the Catholic school, Religious Education plays a central and vital part.  This does not however replace the role of the parents who are the first and most important teachers of the Catholic faith. It is the parents who take their children for their baptism in the Catholic faith and it is the parents who act as role models for their children, encouraging them to grow in the knowledge and practise of their faith.

We like to work in partnership with the family and try to ensure that pupils see the beliefs and values being taught in R.E. lived out in the home and family. To this end we see the support of parents for all R.E. and spiritual enrichment as vital to the Catholic Ethos of the school.

R.E., then, as well as being a strong academic subject, is the core/foundation for everything in our lives.  Reflecting this "lived faith", the department provides special visits, trips and initiatives to celebrate the liturgical year. We hope that these occasions strengthen the faith of our pupils.

The aim of the R.E. course is to facilitate pupils on their faith journey and provide an environment that encourages development of their own faith as well as the understanding of other religions in our multi-faith society.  Understanding and tolerance of other faiths, is central to living as a Christian citizen in our global community.  Pupils also need to know how religion has an impact on how people live their lives.  Ultimately, learning from religion as well as learning about religion.

The course for KS3 follows the Archdiocesan programme, ‘People of God’ prescribed by the Catholic Education Service.  Pupils will be encouraged to develop a variety of skills such as self-management, thinking skills and problem solving, managing information, working with others and being creative. Work in R.E will include research, group work, use of ICT to generate homework or project work, collage, extended writing, creative writing, role play, analysis of media and empathy. They will look at range of world faiths including Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. There will be regular formative and summative assessments as this subject is valued alongside the other academic subjects and is considered one of the four core subjects at St. Peter's.  All pupils will be tested and progress will be monitored. Pupils will be expected to do homework and revise course content regularly.

At KS4 pupils will follow the ‘Edexcel’ examination syllabus ‘Specification A’ and study three papers. The course focuses on Catholic Christianity, including: beliefs, teachings, practices, source of wisdom and expressions of faith as well as the study of Jewish beliefs, teachings and practices. In addition, pupils study arguments for the existence of God and marriage and relationships in the twenty first century.  Religious Education is essential if a person is to live effectively and faithfully in our modern world. It is our hope that in studying these topics our pupils will realise the relevance and importance of R.E. lessons which aim to equip pupils to understand and evaluate life and faith in contemporary society

Pupils are expected to complete formative assessments regularly and end of module tests at the end of each unit of work along with a mock examination at the end of year 10 and midway through Year 11. The course will culminate with three exams at the end of Year 11. Pupils are taught in groups according to their level of ability and are encouraged to achieve their full potential. This examination course whilst giving pupils the opportunity to enhance their academic achievement also focuses on the knowledge, understanding, and evaluation skills that are essential if our pupils are to grow spiritually and develop their faith for their future lives.

The School and department were inspected by the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s Christian Education Department in June 2014 under Section 48. The overall effectiveness judgement was that “St. Peter’s provides Outstanding Catholic Education”. The full report is available via our website under ‘Key information’.

The school also received a Section 48 monitoring visit in May 2017 and the school’s provision for Catholic Education was once again judged Outstanding

R.E. is taught by six specialist RE teachers:

One Catholic non- specialist teacher,  teaches R.E. at KS3:

Pupils have RE for 3x 50 minutes a week which is 10% of their timetable

R.E. is taught in its own purpose built suite of five classrooms with the RE office and store room on the same landing.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

How can we know what is true?
Who is God?
This unit explores what we mean by God and revelation.

Is Jesus special?
Who is Jesus?
This unit explores the historical facts about Jesus and what Jesus means for Christians today.

Is there more to life than meets the eye?
What are the signs of Catholic identity?
This unit explores sacramental imagination and how Catholics live out Baptism and the Eucharist.

Is there more to life than meets the eye?
What are the signs of Catholic identity?
This unit explores sacramental imagination and how Catholics live out Baptism and the Eucharist.

What are the joys and challenges of life?
What are the joys and challenges of living as people of God?
This unit explores the joys and challenges of living as people of God both in the past and the present.

What are the Hindu signs of identity?
This unit explores Hindu identity and practice in Britain today.

Year 8

Why do promises matter?
What does it mean to be a Covenant People?
This unit explores Covenant history

What are the signs of identity for Jewish people?
This unit explores Jewish identity and practice in Britain today.

Can one person change the world?
How is Jesus the New Covenant?
This unit explores the new Covenant

Why do we celebrate?
How do we live as Covenant People?
This unit explores Eucharist as celebration and sacrifice

Are there limits to forgiveness?
How do we live out reconciliation?
This unit explores forgiveness and reconciliation
How do we know what’s fair?
How do we meet the challenge to live justly?
This unit explores Catholic Social Teaching and putting faith into action.

An Islamic focus
This unit explores Muslim identity and practice of Islam in Britain today.

Year 9

How do we make sense of the world?
Do faith and science conflict?

What should I do with my life?
What are we called to be?

Why is there suffering?
How is God revealed through suffering?

Is all life of value?
How do we respect the sanctity of life?

GCSE

Paper 1

Catholic Beliefs and Teachings

GCSE

Paper 1

Catholic Beliefs and Teachings

 

Formative and Summative assessments

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

School badge

St Peter

Trinity

Jesus

Disciples

Autumn Summative Assessment

Epiphany

Parables of the kingdom

Lent

Holy Week

Summative Assessment

The Eucharist

Pentecost

Baptism

Celebrations - Diwali

Summer Summative Assessment

Year 8

Adam & Eve

Abraham

Moses

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Synagogue

Autumn Summative Assessment

Can one person change the world?

Beatitudes

Inspirational Christians

Why do we celebrate?

Spring Summative Assessment

Resurrection

Reconciliation

Islam - Hajj

Stewardship

Summer Summative Assessment

Year 9

Plato’s Cave

Religious Upbringing

Religious experience

Denominations

Amish

Autumn Summative Assessment

Types of evil

The problem of evil

Sanctity of life

Abortion

Spring Summative Assessment

Catholic Beliefs and teachings

 

 


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Catholic Practices

Catholic Sources of Wisdom and authority

Catholic Forms of expression and Ways of Life

Judaism: Beliefs and teachings

Judaism: Practices

Judaism: Practices

Year 11

Arguments for the existence of God

Marriage and relationships in 21 century.

Revision

Revision

 

 

 

Formative and Summative assessments

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

Year 11

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

2x Formative assessment on topics
1x Summative assessment on whole unit

 

The exam board is EDEXCEL

The course will consist of:

The current (9-1) specification covers the following topics at GCSE level:


Link to specifications

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Religious%20Studies/2016/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/Specification-GCSE-L1-L2-Religious-Studies-A-June-2016-Draft-4.pdf


Revision web sites or in school resources


Where does it lead

A good grade in the RE GCSE shows further education providers and employers that pupils have been sensitive to and committed toward the catholic ethos of the school.


What our students and parents say

The following is from the 2017 departmental review parental opinion section.