R.E.

RE01Religious Education is central to the school. The department aims to deepen the Roman Catholic faith of the pupils and to inform pupils of the Catholic perspective of issues which will help them make informed decisions, to develop the human person.It is also important that pupils are able to produce good outcomes at GCSE.

In the sixth form GCE Philosophy is taught in addition to GCE RE.

 

From the Catholic Bishops (Curriculum Directory)

The primary purpose of Catholic Religious Education is to come to know and understand God’s revelation which is fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. The Catholic school is ‘a clear educational project of which Christ is the foundation.’ In the person of Christ, the deepest meaning of what it is to be human — that we are created by God and through the Holy Spirit united with Christ in his Incarnation — is discovered. This revelation is known through the scriptures and the tradition of the Church as taught by the Magisterium. Religious Education helps the pupil to know and experience the meaning of this revelation in his or her own life and the life of the community which is the Church. Hence ‘the promotion of the human person is the goal of the Catholic school.’

 

KEY STAGE 3

YEAR 7


In Key Stage 3 we follow the diocesan approved directorate for Religious Education. In Year 7, students will 
gain an understanding of core Christian beliefs and practices. Throughout Year 7, students will be studying the following scheme of learning:

 

Topics

Half Term 1 – Unit 1 – What is Community?

  • Students will start by learning about belonging to the school, Church community and core beliefs about God.

Half Term 2 – What is God like? Who is Jesus?

  • Students will be studying Jesus as a historical figure, this will then lead on to the concept of Messiahship.

Half Term 3 – What is the Kingdom of God?

  • Students will develop their knowledge of the Kingdom of God through studying parables.

Half term 4 – Unit 4 – What is Real?

  • Students will study the importance of the sacraments and the symbols used in each. Students will also spend time reflecting and preparing for Easter.

Half term 5 -What are the joys and challenges in life?

  • Students will be studying key Christian figures and the teachings that influence them.

Half Term 6 – World Religions – Judaism

  • Students will gain an insight into the basic Jewish beliefs and practices

 

Assessment

RomeTo assess the students’ progress, they will receive written feedback a minimum of every 2 weeks. They will be formally assessed at the end of each unit where they will be given a green pen challenge to help make further progress.

 

Homework

To help develop independent learning, each student will be expected to complete a project for each half-term topic. They will be given an appropriate amount of time to complete research and present each project to a high standard.

  • Half term 1 – Creation project
  • Half term 2 – Religious Groups project
  • Half term 3 -The Kingdom of God project
  • Half term 4 -Easter project
  • Half term 5 – Saints project
  • Half Term 6 – World Religions project

 

Extra-Curricular

  • Visit to St Thomas More Church

 

YEAR 8

In Key Stage 3 we follow the diocesan approved directorate for Religious Education. In Year 8, students will develop knowledge of key Christian teachings and the beliefs that arise from them.

Throughout Year 8, students will be studying the following scheme of learning:

 

Topics

  • Half Term 1 – Unit 1 – Does the Past Shape the Present?
  • Students will learn about the covenants God made with his people.

Half Term 2 – Unit 2 – Are there limits to forgiveness?

  • Students will study the key Christian teachings on forgiveness and the impact it can have.

Half Term 3 – Do we need rules?

  • Students will study the 10 commandments and how they influence us today.

Half term 4 – Can one person change the world?

  • Students will examine different ways Jesus saved people through his teachings and miracles.
  • Students will also spend time reflecting and preparing for Easter.

Half term 5 – World Religions – Hinduism

  • Students will gain an insight into the basic Hindu beliefs and practices

Half Term 6 – Justice – How do we know what is fair?

  • Students will study key christian figures and how they show christian values today.

 

Assessment

IMG_8416To assess the students’ progress, they will receive written feedback a minimum of every 2 weeks. They will be formally assessed at the end of each unit where they will be given a green pen challenge to help make further progress.

 

Homework

To help develop independent learning, each student will be expected to complete a project for each half-term topic. They will be given an appropriate amount of time to complete research and present each project to a high standard.

  • Half term 1 – Covenant project
  • Half term 2 – Forgiveness project
  • Half term 3 – My Commandments project
  • Half term 4 – Easter Project
  • Half term 5 – World Religions project
  • Half Term 6 – Martin Luther King project

 

YEAR 9

In Key Stage 3, we follow the Diocesan approved directorate for Religious Education.

In Year 9, students will embed core Christian values and further understand the impact that beliefs can have on Christian lives today.

 

Topics

Half Term 1 – Unit 1 – Pilgrimage

  • Students will learn about the different places of pilgrimage and their importance.

Half Term 2 – Unit 2 – Leadership, prayer and hope challenges

  • Students will gain an insight into the different types of leadership Jesus displayed and the importance of prayer in our lives today.

Half Term 3 – Love and Sacrifice

  • Students will study the Christian teachings on love and how we can offer it to others today.

Half term 4 – Resurrection

  • Students will examine Christian belief around Jesus’ resurrection and the belief of Jesus as ‘the way the truth and the life’. Pupils will also spend time reflecting and preparing for Easter.

Half term 5 – Heaven and Hell

  • Students will understand how beliefs about life after death can influence a person’s actions today.
  • Students will understand how Christians can show commitment to the Church.

Half Term 6 – World Religions – Islam

  • Students will gain an insight into the basic Islamic beliefs and practices

 

Assessment

To assess the students’ progress, students will receive written feedback once every 2 weeks. They will be formally assessed at the end of each unit where they will be given a green pen challenge to help them make further progress.

 

Homework

To help develop independent learning, each student will be expected to complete a project for each half-term topic.

They will be given an appropriate amount of time to complete research and present each project to a high standard.

  • Half term 1 – Pilgrimage project
  • Half term 2 – Messiah-ship project
  • Half term 3 – Love project
  • Half term 4 – Jesus makes a difference project
  • Half term 5 – Heaven and Hell project
  • Half Term 6 – World religions project

Extra-Curricular

Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne

 

 

KEY STAGE 4

RE 2016Students complete the Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies, Route B. This follows Diocesan and DfE guidelines.

Two of the three components focus on Catholic theology with the third being a study of another world faith, namely Judaism.

 

Topics

Component 1: Foundational Catholic Theology

  • Theme 1: Origins and Meaning
  • Theme 2: Good and Evil

 

Component 2: Applied Catholic Theology

  • Theme 1:  Life and Death
  • Theme 2: Sin and Forgiveness

 

Component 3: Study of a World Faith

  • Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Judaism

 

Assessment

There will be 3 GCSE written exams at the end of Year 11.

Component 1 will be assessed with a 90 minute exam worth 37.5% of the GCSE.

Component 2 will also be assessed with a 90 minute exam worth again 37.5% of the GCSE.

Component 3 will be assessed with a 60 minute exam worth 25% of the GCSE.

Internal assessment will take place across Y10 and Y11 with 3 assessments per component.

 

Homework

Each component will carry a homework booklet with exam practice questions which will support learning and exam technique. In addition to this, homework will be given at the teacher’s discretion related to classwork.

 

Support

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/gcse/

 

 

Extra-curricular

1LindisfarneWe hold extra lessons during lunchtime and after school in order to prepare pupils for their RE GCSE examinations at Key Stage 4.

We also take part in regular pilgrimages; Year 9 have the opportunity each Autumn to visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This is a day for personal reflection and contemplation while students also have the experience of walking in the footsteps of Saints. Pupils meet with Sister Tessa, visit the Priory and undertake walks to various parts of the island, allowing for private prayer.

Year 7 pupils take part in a visit to St Thomas More’s church in the spring term, our closest Catholic church, allowing us to improve links with the local Catholic community. Pupils really enjoy this visit which aims to further develop their understanding of the work of the Church and of a priest. We would like to thank Father Leonard who has been most welcoming.

The annual pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place every May for Y10 pupils. This is always a very successful pilgrimage with the pupils who attend often feeling completely renewed and changed after the experience of working with the sick in our diocese and having the opportunity to strengthen their own faith at a place of huge spiritual significance. A group of staff and pupils come together regularly to meet and fundraise in preparation for the trip.

Staff

Mr K Cosgrave – Leadership Team Link (Email: cosgrave.k@trinitycatholiccollege.org.uk)
Mrs A Corcoran – Curriculum Team Leader (Email:corcoran.a@trinitycatholiccollege.org.uk)
Miss K Coppinger – Asst Curriculum Team Leader
Mr P Douglas – Subject Teacher
Mrs C Gargett – Subject Teacher
Miss E McHugh – Subject Teacher
Mr P Martin – Head of Year
Mr P Saxton – Subject Teacher
Mr J Turver – Subject Teacher
Miss N O’Boyle – Subject Teacher