Department               Religious Education

Staff in Department
Beverley Towell    HOD (FT)

Alan Galbraith        (FT)

Angela Maneely     (PT)

Various other staff members who are needed to deliver non-exam RE to KS4 pupils.

Aims of Department
In Breda Academy we believe that Religious Education does the following things:

·         Helps children to be empowered.

·         Helps children to reach their full potential.

·         Enables children to make responsible, informed choices.

·         Helps to make children responsible members of their community and in turn enables, them to contribute positively to society, economy and the environment.

·         Teaches essential skills which can be utilized in many other areas.

The Religious Education staff are committed to a study of religion which contributes to the personal and social development of the pupils, alongside the moral and religious aspect.  We believe that all pupils need to develop their own beliefs and values.  To do this every child is given the help to explore a wide range of religious beliefs and practices and to relate these to their own experience.  To do this we use the following strategies:

Ø  Church visits

Ø  Cinema trips

Ø  Synagogue Visits

Ø  Bible exhibition

Ø  Guest speakers

Ø  Local Church involvement

Ø  Scripture Union

Ø  Student teachers

Ø  You Tube clips

Ø  Carol Services

Ø  Charity work

Pupils are encouraged to become “active learners”.  They are given the opportunity to raise questions about what they are observing.  Pupils do not simply gather information but try to develop their understanding.  In doing so, they relate to their peers and to adults and they express their own commitments and convictions in an atmosphere of open enquiry, mutual respect and tolerance.

Key Stage 3
In years 8-10, pupils follow the Key stage 3 Core Curriculum for Religious Education, created by representatives from the four main church denominations in Northern Ireland and the Department of Education.  At Key Stage three, there are four Learning Objectives which all pupils should be given the opportunity to develop:

1.      The Revelation of God

2.      The Christian Church

3.      Morality

4.      World Religions

Active learning is a huge part of the delivery of this subject.  We use a number of the following teaching strategies on a regular basis:

§  Group and paired work

§  Drama

§  Discussions and debates

§  Ipad lessons

§  Carousel lessons

We strive to meet the individual needs of every pupil through the delivery of RE across both Key Stages.  We us IEPs when we are planning teaching and learning activities and have created differentiated work booklets for each of the different year groups.

Key Stage 4 Pathway
Pupils in years 11 and 12 follow the CCEA GCSE syllabus and can be entered for either a Full Course GCSE or a Short Course GCSE.  The same specification is used for both of these courses.  This has recently been revised and for the first time ever, pupils can sit a modular exam in Religious Education.  Coursework is no longer a requirement with either of these courses.  There is now only a single tier of entry.

This specification gives students opportunities to:

  • develop their interest in religion;
  • explore religions and beliefs and relate them to the wider world;
  • reflect on fundamental questions related to belief;
  • understand different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world;
  • enhance their spiritual and moral development;
  • enhance their personal, social and cultural development;
  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion; and
  • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes.

This course prepares students for further study of religious studies (or related vocational subjects) at post-16 level.

Pupils will follow the CCEA syllabus and will study the following two modules:-

1.      Christianity through the Study of the Gospel of Matthew.

2.      Christian Ethics.

To find out more about the current CCEA CGSE syllabus click on the link below:

Key Stage 5
We offer the opportunity for year 13 and 14 pupils to study A Level Religious Studies.

We follow the CCEA A Level syllabus.

For more information on this course refer to the following website:

Our policy for Homework is that we set at least one per week or one per fortnight depending on the timetabling of classes.

The homework tasks are differentiated to meet the needs of the pupils and to assess previous learning.

We have written tasks, spellings and learning homework and other research tasks, which are relevant to the course requirements and the ability of the pupils.

The length of each homework depends on the task set, but should normally take approximately 30 mins.

Extra -curricular activities/Clubs
Ø  Weekly revision classes

Ø  Easter revision classes

Ø  Scripture Union

Ø  Guided tour of the Holy Lands (Belfast!!)