Religious Education

Religious Education

The academic and catechetical programme of Religious Education in St. Mary’s incorporates a vast array of opportunities for students to develop spiritually and morally. With an emphasis on faith development, this involves supporting students in the process of recognising, articulating and reflecting on the experience of God in their lives by living out the ERST charter.

There are numerous opportunities for such faith development in St. Mary’s through the variety of extra-curricular activities offered and supported by the department, including: the Pope John Paul II Awards; St. Vincent de Paul Society; Catholics Caring; and Project Zambia. There are also retreats for Year 8, 11 and 13 students to mark their transition between Key Stages.  

 

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs Claire Wright (HOD)
  • Mrs Fiona Crookes
  • Mr Mark Robinson
  • Mrs Lisa Gourley
  • Mr Thomas McCaughey

The academic and catechetical programme of Religious Education in St. Mary’s incorporates a vast array of opportunities for students to develop spiritually and morally. With an emphasis on faith development, this involves supporting students in the process of recognising, articulating and reflecting on the experience of God in their lives by living out the ERST charter. There are numerous opportunities for such faith development in St. Mary’s through the variety of extra-curricular activities offered and supported by the department, including: the Pope John Paul II Awards; St. Vincent de Paul Society; Catholics Caring; and Project Zambia. There are also retreats for Year 8, 11 and 13 students to mark their transition between Key Stages.

“Christ is the foundation of the whole education enterprise in a Catholic School” The Catholic School, Rome, 1977

photo7 PJP II

 

 

Key Stage 3 students follow the Fully Alive Irish Catechetical Programme as published by Veritas, especially commissioned to suit the needs of the Revised Curriculum and in tandem with Diocesan guidelines. This resource is supplemented by the RE Department with units of work deemed appropriate to our school ethos such as the Edmund Rice unit of work for Year 8 students. The programme offers our students the opportunity to develop their understanding of the Trinity, sacred scriptures, the sacraments and Church Tradition. By the end of Year 10, pupils will have also enjoyed learning about the beliefs and practices of other Christian denominations and some of the major world religions such as Judaism and Islam.

 

GCSE Religious Studies is designed to encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study that challenges young people and equips them to lead constructive lives in the modern world.

Course Outline:

Pupils will complete the following programme of study over two years:
  • Year 11 - A study of Mark’s Gospel and its relevance for the first followers of Jesus and Christians today.
  • Year 12 – Roman Catholic Ethics – A study of ethical and moral issues directly related to life in the 21st Century.

Assessment:

  • Paper 1 - Mark's Gospel (50% of GCSE) - May/June of Year 12
  • Paper 2 - Roman Catholic Ethics (50% of GCSE) - May/June of Year 12

Coursework:

This GCSE contains no coursework or controlled assessment element.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Pupils will be required to complete one homework per week. This may take the form of written, research or revision assignments. On the occasions when homework is not set pupils must spend time in personal study to ensure they have learned and understood the key concepts.

Each class will sit regular class and departmental tests. Upon receiving their results each student, in consultation with their class teacher and parents, will embark upon a process of self-evaluation and individual target setting.

Key Points to Success:

Regular personal study and consistent effort are required in this subject. Each pupil will sit regular exams and use this as a process of developing subject knowledge and confidence in their ability to maximise their potential.

Pupil success and under-achievement will be closely monitored by the class teacher and Head of Department. Early intervention and improvement targets will be set, monitored and updated where appropriate.

[Students who do not choose GCSE RE will have one period of non-exam Religion per week.]

 

Why Choose Religious Studies to This Level?

Religion plays an important role in our society and can influence what people think, feel, and believe. Through studying Religious Studies, students get a broad look at how religion and spirituality form the basis of our culture. Religious Studies also helps students develop many marketable skills including:
  • analytical and strategic thinking;
  • research skills;
  • critical evaluation;
  • the ability to work with abstract, conceptual ideas;
  • an ability to 'understand both sides' and negotiate and resolve conflict;
  • problem-solving skills;
  • leadership skills;
  • understanding of the impact of conflicting ideologies; and
  • an appreciation of human diversity, belief systems, cultural and spiritual experiences.

Course Outline:

Year 13 - An Introduction to the study of:
  • Module 1: The Celtic Church (25% of the A-Level Award)
  • Module 2: Luke's Gospel (25% of the A-Level Award)
Year 14 - A detailed study of:
  • Module 3: The Celtic Church (25% of the A-Level Award)
  • Module 4: Luke's Gospel (25% of the A-Level Award)

Assessment:

Year 13 - All students will complete two modules at the end of Year 13. Each module is worth 25%. Each Year 13 module examination lasts 1 hour 20 mins.

Year 14 - The final two modules will be sat in the summer term of Year 14. Each A2 module examination lasts 2 hours.

Coursework:

None.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Students can expect to receive 2-3 hours homework tasks per week. This will include a combination of personal research, reading tasks, note taking, revision for class exams and essay writing.

Candidates who wish to achieve the top grades must also commit themselves to extra personal study and reading time.

All students will sit monthly examinations which give an indication of their progress and potential. Those students who underachieve will be targeted for further, after school intervention and support.

Key Points To Success:

Unlike GCSE, A-Level Religious Studies is a very demanding subject. It requires students to make a sustained and long-term commitment to revision and personal study. Success in this subject will require the candidate to develop detailed writing and analytical skills. Regular reading of the required texts married to consistent revision and exam practice is crucial.