At Christ the King, Religion is an academically rigorous subject. Learning and teaching in Religion is conducted with the same high standard and high expectations as other key learning areas in the Australian Curriculum.
Christ the King is committed to ensuring the most effective and productive methods of pedagogy are used across all learning areas. We use the Brisbane Catholic Education Model of Pedagogy to plan learning and teaching activities that will engage learners in an inquiry approach. Fertile questions focus the inquiry and the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model is used to support the phases of learning throughout the inquiry.
In addition to these planning models, Christ the King incorporates elements of visible learning. This includes encouraging growth mindsets in our community, setting learning goals in all key learning areas and having visible success criteria in Religion in all classrooms. Students are provided with feedback about their learning from both teachers and peers to assist them in moving forward in their understanding and skills in Religion. Students are also invited to feedback to teachers regarding their learning as activities progress via exit cards, thumb up/thumbs down and other strategies.
In order for learning to be meaningful in Religion the students need to connect with it. This connection is brought about by ensuring familiarisation in the early parts of the inquiry, particularly for our students without a background in the Catholic Christian traditions. Meaningfulness is also brought about by a real connection with the religious life of the school and the community.
Meaning is also created by reinforcing the relationship between learning in the Religion classroom and the Being component of our learning vision of ‘Learning, Teaching, Being’ and the incorporation of the Making Jesus Real Program throughout the school.