Homework in Religious Education
Key Stage 3
This is set once a week. It may take the form of completing classwork, preparing for the next lesson, research on a given topic and learning for a test or timed essay. All students are expected to produce a high standard of both classwork and homework.
Key Stage 4
Homework is set weekly. It may take the form of completing classwork, preparing for the next lesson, researching a given topic, and learning for a test or timed essay. All students are expected to produce a high standard of work. Homework and classwork are marked using a common marking policy and comments are made as appropriate. These are supportive and aimed at increasing the confidence of students. At the end of each unit of work, students are given the opportunity to reflect on their performance and areas where greater help or application are needed.
Key Stage 5
Students are set weekly assignments. At the end of each topic students will sit a written examination. Homework is marked using a common marking policy and comments are made as appropriate. These are supportive and aimed at increasing the confidence and progression of students.
Head of Department: Mr R Gabrasadig
KS4 Coordinator/ Teacher of RE: Miss C Doyle
KS3 Coordinator/ Teacher of RE: Miss L Bateman
Teacher of RE/ Lead Practioner in Teaching and Learning: Mr N Pauro
Teacher of RE/ Lead Practioner in Teaching and Learning: Miss N McGuinness
Teacher of RE: Miss M Terry
Teacher of RE: Mr P Willis
The RE Department aims to deliver high-quality Catholic Religious Education and was delighted that the last Section 48 inspection by the Diocese of Brentwood rated the Religious Education provision within the school as Outstanding. Our vision is for all pupils to enjoy and experience interesting, challenging and uplifting lessons where they are encouraged and enable to think and reason independently and maturely with developing religious literacy that will serve not only to guide them on their personal faith journey but equip them to learn about religion and learn from religion. We profess Christ at the centre of our vision.
At Key Stage 3 we have begun to follow in the academic year of 2016-2017 the brand new People of God programme recommended by the Bishops of England and Wales and by the Diocese of Brentwood. This is an online course without a published textbook which grows according to central provision but also, excitingly, by participant contribution.
Our extended Key Stage 4 provision follows the Catholic Annex of the latest 2016 Religious Education course approved for GCSE examination by QCA and the CES, through the route directed by the Bishop of Brentwood, namely through a study of Catholic Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics topics including Marriage and Family Life and the Jewish faith as second religion studied; the examination board is Edexcel. Currently our Year 11 pupils are completing their studies of the outgoing Edexcel specification, Units 2 (Religion and Life through a study of Christianity) and 16 (St Mark’s Gospel). For our current Year 11 students we recommend CGP Books’ “GCSE Religious Studies Edexcel Christianity, RC & Mark's Gospel Revision Guide (A*-G course)” to help revise Mark’s Gospel (Unit 16), and CGP Books’ “GCSE Religious Studies Edexcel Religion and Life Revision Guide (with online edition) (A*-G course)” to help revise Unit 2, although the department does provide a full revision pack free of charge which we have created ourselves.
In Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils are allocated the statutory minimum of 10% of their curriculum devoted to Religious Education in a Catholic school, which translates as 5 one-hour lessons in a 49-hour two-week timetable. Pupils are also expected to complete one RE homework per week.
Our Key Stage 5 provision encompasses both General Sixth Form RE and Advanced Level studies. All students in our Sixth Form take a course in General Sixth Form RE which makes up the statutory 5% of their timetable; the course is designed by Mr Adams and has been approved by both NOCN and the Diocese of Brentwood; it consists of a carousel of 5 units in Year 12, from Religion and Society, through Religion and the Media, Christian Art in the Renaissance, War and Peace to Crime and Punishment; in Year 13 we deliver the course in partnership with CAFOD, Pax Christi and Aylesford Priory. For the new 2016 AS / A level we have begun to teach the OCR course in Religious Studies, with units on Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics and Foundations of Christian Thought; the textbook around which we work is the “Oxford A Level Religious Studies for OCR: AS and Year 1 Student Book: Christianity and Philosophy and Ethics: Year 1” by Robert Bowie and Libby Ahluwalia. Our year 13 students are completing their studies for the outgoing OCR specification in Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics; our course is supported by Ina Taylor’s “OCR A2 Philosophy and Ethics Student Book”.
Pupils are taught in form groups in Key Stage 3 to promote community and the school’s mission to foster the concept of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12: 12 -24). Within the extended Key Stage 4 for their GCSE studies, pupils are set according to ability, assessed every half-term and sometimes moved between sets in order to give them the most appropriate provision. In pre-examination Year 11, tutored and tailored intervention sessions are offered weekly to help individuals achieve their potential. During the February, Easter and May half-term holidays staff give days of their time to run revision sessions for examination classes.
In Year 7 pupils experience a day of retreat and reflection in conjunction with the BCYS team based at Walsingham House; in Year 13 pupils reflect on their time and growth at All Saints with a retreat to Aylesford Priory in Kent.
The Head of RE organises with the help of RE colleagues and staff from other departments the annual Extension Programme Abroad, 30 weeks of preparatory worksheets leading up to a trip abroad. Bi-annually, the trip is cross-curricular and to a place of general interest such as the Black Forest, Alsace, Munich or Barcelona; bi-annually, the trip takes pupils to places of Catholic significance, namely Rome and Lourdes, where the trip takes on the flavour of a pilgrimage.
The RE department supports the activities of the Chaplaincy with its masses, reflections, prayer sessions, reconciliation opportunities, retreats, services and charity initiatives, all of which provide occasions for pupils to explore and express their spirituality.