Subject Progress Guide for Parents
Curriculum Content Map
Overview of Religious Education at St Gregory’s RC High School
As a Roman Catholic School Religious Education is the lynchpin of the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to explore their own faith and the faiths of others. They are given opportunities to take part in retreats and to visit places of religious significance. In St Gregory’s the Religious Education team teach our pupils a way of life not just an academic subject. We address both the academic and the spiritual guidance of children on their individual journey of faith.
The RE Team
There are six RE Teachers in the school. We are all practising members of the Roman Catholic faith and the team also has a wealth of experience in teaching about world religions. The staff in the department have over 100 combined years teaching experience and are all dedicated to teaching about and being a living example of the Roman Catholic Faith.
Key Stage 3 Overview
In Y7 and Y8 pupils are taught the curriculum recommended by the Archdiocese of Liverpool which gives pupils a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ, the modern role of the Church, the sacraments, the links between religion and science, prayer, the concept of vocation and world religions (Judaism and Islam).
Here, at St Gregory’s, our young people commence GCSE studies in Religious Education in Year 9. They begin by looking at The Gospel of St Mark in detail and consider who Jesus is in the gospel as well as gaining an understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ in the 21st Century.
All pupils are regularly set homework in RE and there is an expectation that it is always completed to the best of the pupil’s ability. Pupils also complete a formal assessment every half term so that their progress is checked regularly and intervention put in place to assist pupils who require additional support.
Key Stage 4 Overview
All pupils at St Gregory’s do GCSE Religious Studies with the Edexcel examination board. We study Specification A which requires pupils to cover three major units of work. These are:
- Area of Study 1 - Catholic Christianity Beliefs, Practices, Expression and Sources (50% of the course and final grade)
- Area of Study 2 - Judaism Beliefs and Practices (25% of the course and final grade)
- Area of Study 3 - The Gospel of St Mark Textual Study (25% of the course and final grade)
Pupils sit three examination papers at the end of Year 11 and there is no coursework element in GCSE Religious Studies. Our grades are very good and many of our pupils go on to study Religious Studies, Theology or Philosophy at colleges and universities all over the country.
RE and Chaplaincy
We also work very closely with the Chaplaincy team to ensure that pupils fully experience what it is to be an active member of a Catholic community. We do this through collective worship, assemblies, fundraising activities, liturgical services, masses and prayer. We believe that we should meet each young person wherever they are on their individual faith journey and encourage them to embrace their own and others beliefs.
We try, as best we can, to deal with the small and the big questions that our pupils have about life and we work tirelessly every day to prepare them to take their place in God’s world as He calls each of us to do.