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Religious Education Aims


Our aim in the Religious Education department is to enable pupils to develop in the knowledge and understanding of their faith and in their personal relationship with Christ. We encourage and provide opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own religious faith, values and customs whilst respecting the traditions of others and challenge them to live out Christian values in their daily lives.

Our approach to the teaching of Religious Education is both pupil-centred and experiential.  Through meaningful discussion and group work, as well as allowing time for personal and private reflection, we encourage pupils to make informed choices in their personal faith development.

 

Studying Religious Studies


All students study RE in St Patrick’s Grammar School. At Key Stage 3 level we follow the Fully Alive programme. At GCSE level we are now following the CCEA specification (current year 11 students), focusing on the study of Mark’s Gospel and Christian Ethics. At A Level, we study the Early Christian Church and Ethics. Pupils experience a wide range of activities both within the class room and outside the classroom to support their learning. Faith development is also nurtured and encouraged throughout all year groups; retreats are provided for all students within the school as well as participation in liturgies and para-liturgies. Pupils are also encouraged to take part in the extra-curricular life of the RE department.

 

Faith in Action


Faith in Action lies at the heart of what Religious Education in St Patrick’s represents.  Pupils have the opportunity to enjoy a living relationship with God through their care for others:

  • SVP Conference
  • Nursing Home Visitations
  • Advent appeal
  • Lenten Campaign
  • SVP Toy appeal
  • Shoe Box appeal
  • John Paul II Award

 

Careers


Religious Studies helps many pupils go forward and secure places in third level education or other alternative work pathways. The skills developed at various Key Stages in Religious Studies, have proven to be very beneficial in helping students to make the transition to academic study at university level. Students who have studied Religious Studies to A-Level have pursued university courses and careers in areas such as:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Priesthood
  • Biomedical Science
  • Computing with Education
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Business Management
  • Nursing

 

Facilities


Each of the three designated RE classrooms are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and Apple TVs to provide interactive and exciting lessons.

We also have an Oratory which is used by the whole school community.

 

Staff


  • Mrs P Gallagher
  • Ms M Magill – Head of Department
  • Mr J McCann (Vice-Principle)
  • Mrs C McDermott
  • Mr M Murphy

 


Key Stage 3

 

At Key Stage 3, Religious Studies is delivered over 3 periods per week for Years 8 and 9 students and 4 periods for Year 10s.

Pupils follow the Diocesan approved Fully Alive Programme under three key areas:

  • Traditions and Practice
  • World Religion
  • Revelation

Below is a brief overview of the main topics studied throughout KS3:

   Year 8  Year 9  Year 10
 Topics Studied  
New Beginnings
The Bible
Baptism
Choices
Ministry of Jesus
Lent
Parables
Suffering, Death & Resurrection
Pentecost
Eucharist
 
 
Creation
Morality
Liturgical Year
Divisions within Christianity
The Catholic Church
Judaism
Lent
Suffering, Death & Resurrection
Luke
Moral issues
 
Outer & Inner self
Beatitudes & Choices
Islam
Prejudice & Discrimination
St Mark’s Gospel :
Background to Mark
Identity of Jesus
Miracles

 

Taking into account the different learning styles of our pupils, a variety of methodologies and forms of assessment are adopted in our classrooms. Opportunities are also provided for pupils to improve their thinking skills and develop their personal capabilities.

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March. On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework. There will be regular topic tests throughout the course.

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Year 11

 

We follow the CCEA Specification which consists of two written externally assessed examinations, each worth 50% of the total mark for the subject.

There is no controlled assessment in this subject.

There are two assessment objectives:

  • Describe, explain and analyse using knowledge and understanding (AO1); and
  • Use evidence and reasoned argument to express and evaluate personal responses, informed insights and differing viewpoints (AO2)
  Assessment Weighting of GCSE

Unit 5 – Year 11

Christianity through a study of the Gospel of Mark

Monday, 18th May 2016

1:30pm – 3:00pm

50%

Unit 8 – Year 12

An introduction to Christian Ethics

May/June

Year 12

50%

 

Link to Awarding Body Specification / website - www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/religious_studies/

Students will cover following topics in Year 11 in preparation for the examination paper:

Term Topic Timing
1

The Identity of Jesus

Jesus the Miracle Worker

Each of the 5 units requires the same level of study
and so the year will be evenly divided between the
5 themes. Students will spend approximately 7 teaching
weeks on each theme across the three terms
2

The Kingdom of God

The Death and Resurrection of Jesus

3 The Role and Nature of Christian Discipleship

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March. On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework. There will be regular topic tests throughout the course.

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Year 12

 

The current Year 12 students are completing the AQA specification for Religious Studies which consists of two written externally assessed examinations, each worth 50% of the total mark for the subject.

There is no controlled assessment in this subject.

There are two assessment objectives:

  • Describe, explain and analyse using knowledge and understanding (AO1); and
  • Use evidence and reasoned argument to express and evaluate personal responses, informed insights and differing viewpoints (AO2)
  Assessment Weighting of GCSE

Unit 5 – Year 11

St Mark’s Gospel

Monday, 16th May 2016

50%

Unit 4 – Year 12

Roman Catholicism: Ethics

Monday, 23rd May 2016

50%

 

Link to Awarding Body Specification / website –

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4050-W-SP-14.PDF

Students will cover following topics in Year 12 in preparation for the examination paper:

Term Topic Timing
1

Christian Marriage

Abortion/Contraception/IVF

Vocations

Each of the units requires the same level of study.

Students will spend approximately 7 teaching weeks on each theme across the three terms.

2

Healing

Reconciliation

Global issues

3 Revision of Year 11 and Year 12 material

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March. On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework. There will be regular topic tests throughout the course.

Mark’s Gospel: Monday, 16th May 2016

Ethics paper:  Monday, 23rd May 2016

 


Year 13

 

We follow the CCEA specification which consists of two externally assessed written examinations. The structure of the AS course is summarised in the table below:

Unit Assessment Weighting

AS 4 –

The Christian Church in the Roman Empire:
Beginnings, Expansion and External Pressure

Written paper:

Tuesday 21 June 2016 (1hr 20)

50% of AS

AS 6 –

Religious Ethics: Foundations, Principles
and Practice

Written paper:

Thursday 23 June 2016 (1hr 20)

50% of AS

 

The table below shows the outline of the AS Religious Studies course as it will be delivered in St. Patrick’s:

  Topics (AS4) Teaching Time Topics (AS6) Teaching Time
Term 1

Expansion of the Early Church

Early Christian thought

8 Weeks

7 Weeks

Ethical Theories

Foundations of Christian Ethics

Bio-Ethics

6 Weeks

6 Weeks

3 Weeks

Term 2

Persecutions

Constantine

6 Weeks

5 Weeks

Bio-Ethics

Sexual Ethics

Life & Death issues

3 Weeks

6 Weeks

3 Weeks

Term 3

Constantine

Church Government

2 Weeks

3 Weeks

Life & Death issues 3 weeks

 

The learning objectives for each topic can be found in the CCEA Specification -

http://rewardinglearning.org.uk/qualifications/results.aspx?g=1&t=1&c=R&s=76&dt=0&v=0&f=0&q=194&d=d

 

Resources


Students will be provided with the CCEA AS Religious Studies textbook and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning and assist with assessment of learning.

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content. 

 


Year 14

 

We follow the CCEA specification which consists of two externally assessed written examinations.

The structure of the A2 course is summarised in the table below:

Unit Assessment Weighting

A2 4 –

The Continued Development of the
Christian Church in the Roman
Empire to AD 325

Written paper:

Friday 27th May (2 hours)

50% of A2

A2 6 –

Ethics and Society

Written paper:

Wednesday 1st June (2 hours)

50% of A2

 

The table below shows the outline of the A2 Religious Studies course as it will be delivered in St. Patrick’s:

  Topics (A24) Teaching Time  Topics (A26) Teaching Time
Term 1

Church Life & Worship

Christian Writers

8 Weeks

5 Weeks

Ethical Decision Making

Human Rights

Environmental Ethics

8 Weeks

4 Weeks

2 Weeks

Term 2

Heresy & Schism

Council of Nicaea

6 Weeks

5 Weeks

Environmental Ethics

War & Peace

Justice & Punishment

3 Weeks

5 Weeks

3 Weeks

Term 3 Defining the Faith 5 Weeks

Justice & Punishment

Revision

3 weeks

2 Weeks

 

The learning objectives for each topic can be found in the CCEA Specification -

http://rewardinglearning.org.uk/qualifications/results.aspx?g=1&t=1&c=R&s=76&dt=0&v=0&f=0&q=194&d=d

 

Resources


Students will be provided with the CCEA AS Religious Studies textbook and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning and assist with assessment of learning.

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content. 

 


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