Welcome to the Religious Education Department
Meet Our Staff
- Mr D V Postlethwaite - Head of Department
- Mrs A Matthews - KS3 Co-ordinator
- Ms K Freeman
- Ms P Fegan
Aims and Objectives of the Department
To ensure that all students:
- Are led to a value of their own worth and giftedness.
- In recognising their own worth, can respect others with differing cultures, religions and backgrounds.
- Study the Catholic Church's response to life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- Study the sacramental life of the Church and the Liturgical calendar.
- Come to some understanding of the "Body of Christ", meaning the Church Community in everyday life and relationships with people.
- Consider other major religions to note similarities and differences in people's approaches to God and their own spiritualties.
Key Stage 3
In years 7 & 8 the curriculum followed is based on the People of God Religious Education Programme.
Lessons are two 50 minute periods per week in a 30 lesson period week.
Key Stage 3 - Most Able
RE schemes of work /lesson plans and textbooks all include extension tasks for most able students. Students will be given opportunity to experience extra curricular activities such as SVP, choir, assemblies, services, Liturgy group, external visits or parish activities.
Key Stage 4
Year 9 pupils follow a curriculum which is based on People of God in conjunction with EDEXCEL of three 50 minute lessons in a 30 lesson period week.
In year 10 & 11, the curriculum is based on the Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies A. Year 10 & 11 three 50 minute lessons per week in a 30 lesson period week.
Key Stage 4 - Most Able
RE schemes of work /lesson plans and textbooks all include extension tasks for most able students. Students will be given opportunity to experience extracurricular activities such as SVP, choir, assemblies, services, Liturgy group, external visits, Lourdes pilgrimage, outside speakers or parish activities.
Key Stage 5
Pupils in year 12 & 13 will follow the Liverpool Archdiocesan verified "Moving On" course which will allow them to gain Level 1/2/3 award in General 6th Form Religious Education.
The course is delivered through a timetabled lesson, outside speakers and "away days" to places of interest linked to the curriculum.
The Religious Education sessions at key stage 5 are aimed at helping the learner to recognise their own self worth and responsibilities and to help them develop a deeper knowledge, understanding and respect for the differences of all people.
Key Stage 5 - Most Able
RE schemes of work /lesson plans and textbooks all include extension tasks for most able students. Students will be given opportunity to experience extracurricular activities such as SVP, choir, assemblies, services, Liturgy group, leadership opportunities on Lourdes pilgrimage, Holocaust Centre trip, outside speakers/agencies or parish activities.
Homework / After School
In line with the School Homework Policy i.e. one homework per week. This can vary from band to band and would increase occasionally to two per week for GCSE students in year 10 & 11. This information is found on HERE
Whenever possible homework is designed to involve parents or adults at home, e.g. one question may be to ask parents/adults what they think and to record their response or ask what they remember about their wedding/confirmation etc.
In this way parents/carers are more aware of their child's RE or RS in school.
Retreats - All students in year 7 & 8 have the opportunity of an "away day" usually at a choice of venues such as Lowe House, Sandymount, St. Peter’s, Blessed Sacrament Parish centre. Year 7 students also have a half day visit to the Cathedral.
Residential retreats for 6th formers usually take place once per year. In the past these have taken place at Durham College, Loyola Hall and Llansannan, North Wales. Day retreats usually in Lent have been spent with the Emmaus family of prayer and "away days" at Montfort House and St. Peter’s.
A Christmas Fanfare
Each year we hold a Christmas Liturgy during Advent term. We invite local feeder schools, Christian Churches to bring a hymn along. Various venues have been used including our own Assembly Hall, Blessed Sacrament and Holy Name Church.
This is now an established part of the school calendar and the pilgrimage is beneficial to all those who travel to the South of France. The trip is always oversubscribed and a waiting list operates to satisfy demand.
Religious Education is for all pupils and is deserving of a special place in the curriculum:
- Because of the distinctive Catholic nature of our school
- Because it directly attempts to live and incorporate our Mission Statement with each pupil and the school as a family.
There is no one for whom RE would be irrelevant since it deals with every area of life and its chief aims are to assist pupils to a realisation of their own gifts and consequently a respect and acceptance of other people and their uniqueness.
RE therefore addresses all pupils in our classrooms, whether they are from committed Catholic homes or not, whether they themselves practice or not, whether they are from other Christian denominations or other faith traditions.