Welcome to the Religious Education Department
The Convent of Jesus and Mary Religious Education Department is an outstanding one [Diocesan Inspection 2014] is at the heart of the school, contributing to the Spiritual and Moral development of students. Religious Education is taught at all Key Stages and accounts for 10% of curriculum time for Key Stage 3 and 4. In the sixth form students follow a General RE programme where contemporary issues relating to faith are covered, alongside the opportunity to select Theology A Level where students are taught Philosophy and Ethics.
Ms C Costa –Curriculum Leader RE
Ms R Kelly
Ms D Burnaby –Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator
Mrs A Sylvester-Charles
Ms N Maguire - Assistant Curriculum Leader RE
Ms C Fleming
Ms M Brennan
Ms S. Fassio
Key Stage 4 (Year 9 [after Easter] and Yr10)
All classes are entered for Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies. Over the two years, students will undertake a study of Foundational Catholic Theology through the themes of Creation, Good and Evil. Using what they have learnt they will then be expected to apply this knowledge to issues surrounding Life and Death and Sin and Forgiveness. All students will then be given the opportunity to study another World Faith, Judaism, learning about the fundamentals in Beliefs, teaching and practice.
Depending on results in assessments and mocks, the students will be taught according to performance ensuring that all student’s needs are catered for. Homework is set twice a week at Key Stage 4 with the expectation that they spend no less than 30-40min.
Revision lessons are given in preparation for the mock and summer exams, during lunch and on the Saturdays preceding exams.
Key Stage 4 (Year 11)
All classes are entered for Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies. In Year 10 students studied Mark’s Gospel and in Year 11 they continue their study learning about contemporary issues based in Catholic Christianity. There are two papers, one on each topic which the students take at the end of Year 11. Each exam is worth 50% meaning it is important that students prepare properly for both exams.
Homework is set twice a week at Key Stage 4.
Revision lessons are given in preparation for the mock and summer exams, at lunch and on the two Saturdays before each exam. Revision booklets have been created by the department and are stored on Fronter alongside past papers, mark schemes and a wealth of additional resources for the students to access.
Key Stage 5 (Year 12)
A Level Theology is taught according to the AQA syllabus. Students will undertake a study of Religious Philosophy, Religious Ethics and Catholic Theology. At the end of the two year course students will sit two; 3hr exam papers both worth 50% of the overall grade. Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding (AO1) and their ability to critically analyse what they have learnt and justify viewpoints.
Key Stage 5 (Year 13)
Yr13 continue with their A Level Theology course which they started in Yr12. Students will have already received their grades (which counts for 50% of their grade) and will be continuing to build on the skills learnt in their AS course. They will be following the OCR syllabus, students will study Philosophy and Ethics in greater depth. At the end of the year, they will sit two 1hr 30min exam paper, both worth 50% of their overall grade.
Key Stage 5 (General RE)
All student attending Catholic Schools are required to attend Religious Education lessons. In Sixth form, each student is expected to attend one lesson a week. In Yr12 students follow a course that is based on the Values of our school’s founder, St Claudine, each half term students will learn about the value of Service, Simplicity, Education, Forgiveness, Family Spirit, Love of Jesus and Mary and how they can manifest themselves in our modern world. In Yr13 students follow a course that has been designed to respond to the challenges of modern society with its changing values and ideals, students will have the opportunity to engage in discussions regarding Medical Ethics, Social issues such as poverty and learn more about their faith.
EVERYTHING ELSE TO STAY THE SAME UNTIL…
- GCSE Course starts - Origins and meaning
- GCSE Course – Good and Evil