Religious Education

Key Stage 3 Provision

Fully Alive Programme of study:

The Religious Education Department follows the Fully Alive Programme of study. The series of text books has been recently revised in order to align with the statutory requirements of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. The Fully Alive Series is a stimulating programme of study which encourages students to develop a variety of thinking skills and personal capabilities, as well as providing challenging opportunities for them to work in a variety of contexts in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of their own faith and that of others.

Example of Key Stage 3 resources in use within the R.E Department:

 

Examples of students’ work from the Fully Alive Series:

 

The Key Stage 3 programme of study follows the Core Syllabus for Religious Education espoused by the Department of Education. The programme of study has four Attainment Targets which form the basis for student assessment:

 

Learning Objective 1: The Revelation of God.

Pupils develop an awareness, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of key Christian teachings about God, Jesus Christ and about the Bible; they develop an ability to relate the Bible to life.

Learning Objective 2: The Christian Church

Pupils develop a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the growth of Christianity, of Christian worship, prayer and religious language; they develop a growing awareness of the meaning of belonging to a Christian tradition, and sensitivity towards the beliefs of others.

Learning Objective 3: Morality

Pupils develop their ability to think and judge about morality, to relate Christian moral principles to personal and social life, and to identify values and attitudes that influence behaviour.

Learning Objective 4: World Religions

Pupils are introduced to two world religions other than Christianity in order to develop an appreciation and a culture of tolerance towards the religious beliefs, practices and lifestyles of people of other religions in Northern Ireland and beyond.

 

Whole School Thematic Approach:

In line with Curricular requirements the Religious Education Department has also created a number of schemes based on a whole school thematic approach to teaching and learning. The titles of these themes are as follows:

Year 8: ‘Fermanagh’ (Famous Fermanagh Saints), ‘Celebrations’ (Advent and Christmas) and ‘Who am I?’ (Part of Year 8 Induction programme)

 

Year 9: Ireland’(Christianity in Ireland), ‘The Environment’(Christian responsibility for the Environment)

 

Year 10: ‘The World’(World Religions)

These themes are based on the Fully Alive programme and have the added emphasis of encouraging students to make connections between their learning in R.E and other subjects on the Curriculum. At the end of each theme, which lasts approximately 6-8 weeks, pupils are invited to participate in a whole school celebration of their learning in which each subject Department displays their work on the theme and students are afforded the opportunity to further connect their learning under a common theme.

 

Staff in Department

Miss C O'Connor - Head of Department and Teacher of Religious Studies

Mr J Conlon

School Chaplain

Canon Dawson