Religious Studies

Devlin

Ms Devlin — Head of Department
a.devlin@holycross.lancs.sch.uk

 

All pupils receive 5 60 minute lessons of R.E. over a 2 week timetable and our faith is at the centre of our school. Our mission statement “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” is lived out in the R.E. department through our academic success at GCSE level and through our spiritual support and guidance for pupils as they progress through their faith journey.

Accommodation

The department has a suite of 4 teaching rooms and a chapel. The chapel is used by RE classes throughout the week for meditations and focused prayer activities. The wider school community use the chapel for tutor masses (weekly), tutor time collective worship, Breakfast with God (staff prayer Fridays 8.30 a.m.) Reconciliation services and many more occasions.  

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In accordance with the directive of the Archdiocese of Liverpool pupils follow the PEOPLE OF GOD framework:

Year 7:

  • Community
  • Who is Jesus
  • What is the Kingdom of God
  • What are the signs of the Kingdom of God
  • What are the signs of Catholic identity?
  • What are the signs of identity for the Jewish people?
  • What are the joys and challenges for living as people of God?

Year 8:

  • What does it mean to be a Covenant People?
  • How is Jesus the New Covenant?
  • How do we live as Covenant People
  • How do we live out reconciliation?
  • What are the Hindu signs of identity?
  • How do we meet the challenge to live justly?

Year 9:

  • Who is God?
  • Is Jesus special?
  • What is the Kingdom of God?
  • What are the sins of Catholic identity
  • What are the signs of identity for the Jewish people?
  • What are the joys and challenges of living as people of God?

Assessment

All pupils at Key Stage 3 are assessed at the end of each unit of work. Assessment will take the form of summative assessments (specific pieces of work / projects) and formative (written tests). These assessments inform teaching, progress and setting arrangements.

Key Stage 4

In accordance with the directive of the Archdiocese of Liverpool pupils follow:

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies A

FAITH AND PRACTICE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Area of Study 1 –Study of Catholic Christianity

  • Beliefs and Teachings
  • Practices
  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
  • Forms of Expression and Ways of Life

Area of Study 2-Study of a Second Religion-Judaism

  • Beliefs and Teachings
  • Practices
  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
  • Forms of Expression and Ways of Life

Area of Study 3-Philosophy and Ethics based on Catholic Christianity

  • Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st Century.

*We subscribe to ‘Kerboodle’ which enables pupils to access the course textbook on line

Assessment overview-3 formal exams are taken at the end of Yr 11

  • Area of Study 1 -1hour 45 minute paper
  • Area of Study 2 – 50 minute paper
  • Area of Study 3 – 50 minute paper

 (More detail is available on the Edexcel website)

Extra Curricular Opportunities

  • All the department are involved with the development of the spiritual wellbeing of the pupils outside lessons such as day retreats, trips, SVP, CAFOD
  • We have close links with Cardinal Newman College who run workshops for our GCSE classes.
  • Our pupils regularly contribute to the local community through the SVP group.
  • As a school we raise money for a number of charitable causes including Nugent Care and CAFOD.
  • We celebrate weekly mass (Tuesday lunchtimes)
  • A number of our pupils are Eucharistic Ministers.

Useful Websites

qualifications.pearson.com

www.recuthies.co.uk

www.cafod.org.uk

www.fairtrade.org.uk

www.amnesty.org.uk

www.nugentcare.org

www.biblegateway.com

kids4truth.com

www.thekingcenter.org

www.sisterhelen.org

www.kerboodle.co.uk