Religious Education is taught according to the doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
Through Religious Education we encourage pupils to build knowledge and understanding through investigation, reflection, communication, empathy, critical analysis and evaluation. The Religious Education curriculum includes aspects of Personal, Social and Health education (PSHE) and Citizenship. It supports the development of high standards of ethics and behaviour by pupils, within and outside school, by showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others; as well as a deepening understanding of fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs'.
A wide range of teaching and learning strategies are used by staff. Strategies used include discussions, video, debate, outside speakers, listening, presentations, writing, ICT, group work, notes, peer/self assessment and regular formal assessments.
Whilst RE is an academic subject we also encourage and make opportunities for students to continue their faith journeys. The scheme of work is written with this in mind and allows students the opportunity to ask questions about their faith and to develop as Catholics.
As a Roman Catholic High School, we try to provide many opportunities for spiritual development and worship. Our vocation is to “seek ye first the Kingdom of God.”
At Key S3 pupils follow the new Salford Diocesean Guidelines. In PSHE pupils study the Scottish Catholic Education course ‘Called to Love’. Citizenship lessons are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum. In Key Stage 4 pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE.
In addition to these topics pupils will be encouraged to observe the liturgical year with special lessons and services. There will also be opportunities for prayer and the Sacraments, as well as time for reflection.
Homework is set once a week for all year groups. We expect pupils to spend about thirty minutes on it. Pupils will be assessed during each unit through keyword tests, end of unit levelled pieces of work and formal exams.
Resources and facilities
St Matthew's is proud to house its own chapel. Jesus Christ is central to our school. His revelation, communicated through the Church, provides purpose and direction.
Each classroom is equipped with interactive white boards and software. The department has its own set of laptops.
The shared area of the school’s network also includes many helpful resources to aid revision and learning, such as Powerpoint presentations and lists of key words.
Extra- curricular and extended learning
Extra support is regularly available at lunch and after school from teachers for pupils who want extra help or advice. There are also targeted revision and catch up sessions.
St Matthew’s R.C High School has an active pupil Chaplaincy group that lead and contribute to the prayer life of the school. They have strong links with Partner Primary Pupil Chaplaincy groups and the Diocese.
Voluntary Mass is celebrated in the Chapel giving pupils and staff the opportunity to receive the Blessed Sacrament and come together in prayer.
Year 7 day retreat to the Marist Centre in Chorlton.
Year 8 ‘Discovery Day’ retreat.
KS4 residential retreat to Castlerigg.