Welcome to RE

We are one of the core subjects here at John Henry Newman Catholic College. We work closely with the chaplaincy team to ensure that the Catholic ethos of the school is abiding by one of John Bosco’s fundamental principles; to ensure ‘every child is not only loved, but knows that they are loved’, ensuring that children are provided every opportunity to succeed through Catholic Character education and quality first teaching.  The fundamental mission of the RE department at John Henry Newman Catholic College is to guide our students along their spiritual journey through outstanding education, enabling students to discover their true vocation.

As Pope John Paul II wrote, “An all-round education seeks to develop every aspect of the individual: social, intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual,” this is never more true than in Religious Education. To complement this, our pedagogy is founded in inquiry based questions and the development of a ‘Big Questions’ approach to schemes of learning first developed by Clive Wright. This compliments students to move from AT1 (learning about religion) to AT2 (learning from religion) seamlessly through questioning and the application of knowledge, enabling students to develop skills of debate, analysis and evaluation (AT3). As a result of this questioning is an integral part of all RE lessons, which we use not only to gauge knowledge and understanding, but also to stretch and challenge students to develop their responses and justify any judgements made.

The Future:

The RE department at John Henry Newman Catholic College seeks to share with others the vision which lies at the heart of Catholic education; bringing all to Christ and Christ to all. Giving students the opportunities to explore and discover themselves and allow for them to speak ‘Heart to Heart’ with God, strengthening and deepening the faith of the young people that we teach. With energy, imagination and faith, we work hard to make a difference, to enable pupils to recognise that they are a link in God’s chain.