The RE Department
Approach to Teaching
The Religious Education department is committed to using a range of teaching techniques in lessons including,
- Groups and class discussion
- Independent learning tasks
- Project work
- Philosophical enquiry
- Personal reflection
We teach and encourage students to be able to express their own ideas and opinions whilst listening to and respecting the opinions of others.
We teach academic rigour by developing the skills of written communication in describing, explaining and evaluating ideas and opinions.
We give opportunities for students to reflect on their own faith development and to reflect on the beliefs and values of the school. Their peers and the wider community.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)
- Term 1: Community Church, Creeds, Signs and symbols, Identity, Bible skills.
- Term 2: Living relationships, Baptism, Advent, Jesus the Saviour, Justice & Fairtrade, Liturgical Calendar, Lent, Easter.
- Term 3: Ascension and Pentecost, Called to change, Creation, The Body of Christ, Celebrating life, Hinduism (Some classes may also learn about Buddhism and Sikhism).
- Term 1: The People of God The person of Vocation, Confirmation, Advent, Good & Evil.
- Term 2: The Sacraments of Healing, Jesus-Saviour of the World, Church History, Christian Denominations.
- Term 3: The Cost of Discipleship, Called to be Stewards of Creation, Hopes & Dreams, The Communion of Saints, Judaism.
- Term 1: Pilgrimage, Prayer, Death and the afterlife, Messiah, Secularism, Advent.
- Term 2: Love, Sacrifice, Marriage, Holy Orders.
- Term 3: Mission & Evangelism, Suffering, Church History, Islam.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)
The RE department follow the AQA Syllabus A (8062) GCSE course.
There are two components that have to be studied for the qualification:
Component 1: The study of religious belief, teaching and practices.
Component 2: Thematic studies.
Component 1 which is 50 % of the total marks includes the study of Christianity and Islam.
Christian beliefs including the nature of God, the problem of evil and suffering, The Incarnation, life death and resurrection of Jesus. Beliefs about salvation, death and the afterlife. Sources of authority including the Bible and sacred tradition.
Christian practices including Worship, prayer liturgy and the sacraments. Pilgrimage and festivals the role of the church, ministry and evangelisation.
Islamic beliefs including the nature of God, diversity within Islam, The life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, The Qur’an and sacred texts. Angels and life after death.
Muslin practices including the Five Pillars, the Ten Obligatory Acts, Jihad and Festivals.
Component 2 which is also 50% of the total marks includes the study of four religious, philosophical and ethical themes. The themes we have chosen to study are
Relationships and families
- Religion and life
- Religion, peace and conflict
- Religion, crime and punishment
The course is assessed by two written examinations each of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Marks are awarded for spelling punctuation and grammar.
The first school Pilgrimage to Rome was held from the 7 - 11 April 2015. 24 students from the school took up this exciting enrichment opportunity.
The students got to see:
- Castle Gandolfo and Lake Albano.
- Papal Audience - audience with the Pope.
- Piazza Navona.
- Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.
- St Pietro in Vicoli and St Maria Maggiore.
- Roman Forum.
- St Peter's Basilica.
The Pilgrimage continues to take place every two years.
Section 48 Validation Report
The school had a Section 48 validation in February 2014.
The report indicates that:
St Edmund’s provides an outstanding experience of Catholic community living and is committed to meeting the needs and developing the talents of all its pupils.
Religious education (RE) is good, with outstanding features. The RE department is at the heart of the school and works closely with the chaplaincy to deliver a cohesive and rich curriculum.
The spiritual and moral life of the school is outstanding and is underpinned by a well-developed liturgical life and encompassing Christian ethic.
"Students from all backgrounds and faiths work and socialise together happily."