At St Antony’s Roman Catholic School, a high-quality Religious Education will provide students with the foundations for understanding the religious and secular cultures of the world and how we should all live in harmony as People of God. Religious Education helps us teach British Values to students, through the promotion of individual liberty and the mutual respect for those with other faiths and without faiths. The formation provided by Religious Education will allow students to examine and grow their faith. Through our Catholic ethos, students are provided with a lifelong moral code, pathway, and support network of the worldwide Catholic Church. The main features of the RE curriculum are as follows:
- The RE curriculum at St Antony’s gets to the heart of what to means to be a human, to live and be part of society and the world at large. RE provides a framework and a structure to allow students to unpick the big questions of religious belief and practice, of life and death, of society and culture, and of morality and philosophy. This enables pupils to understand the benefits of human understanding and shared identity so that they too can make positive contributions to society and eliminate potential disadvantage. By its very nature, the RE curriculum is very inclusive and, as such, is accessible for all pupils, including disadvantaged and/or SEND pupils.
- The RE curriculum is concerned with pupils learning about religion and learning from religion. Within this aim, pupils are taught to know more and remember more. To assist in this, pupils focus on three key skill areas: knowledge, understanding and evaluation. These three areas provide the foundation for a rounded RE education, as success in these areas leads to an understanding of what it means to be human in the modern world.
- The department follows the RE Curriculum Directory for KS3 and GCSE, both of which build on the RECD from KS2. In Y7, pupils begin a process of knowledge building, focussing on the foundations of religion. Primarily, but not exclusively, this is through the eyes of Christianity. As pupils move through Y8, they are expected to develop a greater understanding of faith and the ability to explain concepts. By Y9, more emphasis is placed on evaluation skills. This, in turn, means that pupils have covered the three key areas by the end of KS3. They are now ready to embrace a greater level of difficulty at GCSE and greater demands in relation to written communication.
- In Year 7, and in subsequent years, the curriculum is adapted so that students who have not attended Catholic primary school are not left behind. In addition, gaps in learning that have arisen as a result of the pandemic are addressed through regular assessing of pupils’ work in order to determine where significant gaps have occurred. Following this, careful sequencing of topics takes place.
- RE receives a 10% teaching time allocation across both Key Stages. This enables all pupils to study RE to GCSE level. Although St Antony’s is a Catholic school, other faiths are explored and Judaism forms a significant part of the GCSE curriculum.
- At the heart of RE is challenge. Pupils are expected to think beyond their own lives and try to understand how others view the world. As part of this, assessment at both Key Stages plays a significant role in enabling pupils to achieve their potential. All pupils take RE to GCSE level including those who are disadvantaged and/or those with SEND.
The department has recently relocated in the school and is based in three computer suites.
A new Chapel has opened in September 2020.
The RE department has a duty to support the school ethos in the following ways through extra-curricular as follows:
- Sister Linda, the school Chaplain
- Use of local priests in class
- Gideon’s assisting with Bible skills
- Students attending end of term Masses
- Advent and Lent reconciliation services
- Stations of the cross during Lent
- Reflection morning/afternoons
- Reconciliation days
- Assisting Year 7/8 students for Confirmation
- Implementing Catholic social teaching through the various charity fundraising projects such as Cornerstone, St Joseph’s penny, CAFOD.
- Visit to Central Manchester synagogue
- Academic Reading with links to this curriculum area's learning can be found here.