Staffing of the department
Ms Cushnahan – Head of Department / Associate Assistant Head
Ms Cahill – Teacher of RE
Ms Durrant – Teacher of RE
Ms O’Donnell – Teacher of RE
Since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another’John 1:4
Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum
At St Ursula’s, Religious Education is “the core of the curriculum”. As a Catholic School it is our mission to educate the whole person since “Religious Education” is concerned not only with intellectual knowledge but also includes emotional and effective learning. Through RE lessons students will develop a deeper knowledge, understanding and love of the Word of God as revealed in Scriptures and the teaching of the Church.
Religious education is important because it provides a particular set of materials through which pupils come to understand important concepts about the world and themselves. The subject covers ideas and practices which have shaped and continue to shape our society. It is the study of sacred texts, practices, literatures, stories and art which bind different religious communities together. Without religious education, pupils would be deprived of an essential element of their formation and personal development, which helps them attain a vital harmony between faith and culture.
Our aim is to support our students to be religiously literate young women, able to engage in a modern multicultural society where issues of religious understanding and tolerance are more important than ever.
Ursuline Core Values
As Ursulines we continue the approach to ministry which draws its life and vision from St Angela’s spirit and philosophy. Inspired by the call of the same Gospel, and challenged by the needs of our time, we, like Angela, ground our mission in the following core values:
- Spiritual formation and faith development
- Respect for the uniqueness of the individual
- Development of the whole person
- Development of a nurturing community spirit
- Commitment to peace-making
- Serviam (I will serve) as a lived reality
- Development of leadership skills for every individual
A hallmark of an Ursuline school is academic excellence and a shared vision and profile.
KS3 curriculum of study
As a Catholic School, RE is compulsory for all students. We currently follow a tailor made curriculum at KS3 to best meet the needs of our students and the requirements laid down by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
|Year 7||Curriculum content covered|
|Term 1|| United in harmony – Our Ursuline Story|
The Church as the people of God
|Term 2|| The roots of our faith|
The Birth of the Church
|Term 3|| The Sacraments|
|Year 8||Curriculum content covered|
|Term 1|| Creation|
Being a person of faith in our modern world – Hinduism
The Church in Britain|
The Paschal Mystery
|Term 3||Morality and conscience|
|Year 9||Curriculum content covered|
|Term 1||Jewish Beliefs and Teachings|
|Term 2||Jewish Practices and festivals|
|Term 3||GCSE AQA Religious Studies B – Creation|