Mrs R Lawrence

As a Catholic school the Religious Studies is at the heart of all aspects of the school; academic, pastoral and ethos. Whilst all pupils in the school complete a formal qualification in Religious Studies this achievement is by no means the only aim of the department. Through classroom learning, retreats, away days, charity, prayer and worship we aim to develop every child from their own starting point to a greater understanding of themselves as a unique and wonderful creation of God.

The Religious Education department is a flourishing and forward-looking department, housed in a suite of two specialist teaching rooms. We are also lucky to have a beautiful chapel that is regularly used by both pupils and staff. At present there are four specialist members of the department: Mrs R Lawrence (Head of Department) Mr D Daley, and Mrs J Crudge. Miss G Fiorillo (Deputy Head- Pastoral) also teaches within the department. We are also supported by Sr. Anne Reddington and the priests of the Llanelli deanery.

We place the utmost importance upon the spiritual life of our school, and the R.E. Department plays a key role in inspiring and leading this area. We have a thriving and comprehensive liturgical calendar, including voluntary Masses, Advent and Lenten Services, retreats, fund raising events, whole school Masses, year and form assemblies, and morning prayer for staff.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7)

Year 7 are the first year group to move to the new scheme of work ‘People of God; Called to serve’. This scheme is taught in line with the rest of the Menevia diocese and with the majority of Catholic schools in England and Wales. The scheme will ultimately be rolled out across key stage 3 by September 2017

In year 7 pupils will study the following areas;

  • Who is God? This unit will explore what we mean by God and revelation
  • Who is Jesus? This unit will explore the historical facts about Jesus and what Jesus means for Christians today
  • What is the Kingdom of God? This unit will explore what we mean by the Kingdom and how the Church is at the service of the Kingdom
  • What are the signs of Catholic identity? This unit will explore sacramental imagination and how Catholics live out Baptism and the Eucharist
  • What are the signs of identity for Jewish people? This unit will explore Jewish identity and practice in Britain today.
  • What are the joys and challenges of living as people of God? This unit will explore the joys and challenges of living as people of God both in the past and the present.

Key Stage 3 (8 and 9)

In year 8 and 9 pupils currently follow the Icons scheme of work and through it develop their understanding of the faith of the Church as well as developing an understanding of the other major world faiths including Hinduism and Islam.

Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils develop the skills to describe, explain and evaluate different topics and issues. This leads them to build the knowledge and confidence to being the study of their GCSE full course in the latter part of year 9.

Key Stage 4 (10 and 11)

As a part of the core curriculum, all pupils at St John Lloyd study the WJEC full course GCSE Religious Studies. Following unit 3 and 4 (Specification A – Roman Catholicism I and II)

This is assessed by 100% exam taken at the end of year 11. For both papers candidates must study Roman Catholicism within the broader context of Christianity. They will therefore study all of the content both from a Roman Catholic perspective and in its broader context.