Teaching & Learning
Welcome to the RE department, ‘the Heart of the School’
In the RE Department we hope and we pray that through our teaching of the mystery of God, the mystery of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the teachings of the Church and the beliefs that Catholics hold, our students will be led to question, reflect on and deepen their faith. We want them to develop the appropriate skills and attitudes to enable them to respond fully to God’s call to them in everyday life. In doing so, they will be able to use the gifts and talents entrusted to them by God to the fullest of their potential in the service of Him and of humanity.
At Cardinal Newman school, we have five one-hour lessons of RE every two weeks. In keeping with the Bishops’ Curriculum Directory, approved by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, we use the Way, the Truth and the Life series, supported by different resources to enable our students to explore Christian beliefs and practice according to the Roman Catholic Tradition.
In Key stage 4, we follow the Eduqas GCSE courses in Catholic Christianity.
We teach these courses because we believe they offer an exciting and relevant opportunity for students to explore their faith and consider religious and other responses to important moral and social issues. Students will also get the opportunity to study other faiths including Judaism. In key stage 4, RE is taught in ability sets to help stretch the more able students and give extra support to the less able ones. Revision guides can be purchased vie parent-mail. Students can also access electronic copies of the text-book and revision guide on Teams.
In Newman Sixth, all students are given the opportunity to develop their faith through retreats, conferences and an hour of weekly RE lessons. A healthy number of students take up the OCR Philosophy and Ethics A-level course.
Knowledge books are as follows: