Head of Department: Mrs Schluter
Key Stage 3
From September 2023 KS3 transition from the RE Curriculum Directory to the new RE Directory will commence. This will begin with Year 7, September 2023, Years 7 & 8 September 2024, with full implementation across Key Stage 3 in September 2025. The RE curriculum will follow Source to Summit, which has been officially endorsed by the Catholic Education Service.
The focus throughout the new year 7 course is God’s revelation and the way in which this has gradually unfolded through salvation history. The first unit explores the mystery of God and how God reveals himself to human beings. The second unit explores special revelation through sacred scripture, the third the incarnation and the belief that Jesus is the fullness of God’s revelation. Students will explore the importance of the sacraments, with an emphasis on the Sacrament of the Eucharist in the fifth unit, followed by the Holy Spirit and the role the Spirit plays in the lives of the Church and individuals in the final unit. Students will also consider the dialogue of life and what it means to be a good neighbour and how Christians and others work for justice for all people.
Central to the religious studies programme throughout Year 8 is an exploration of Christian and in particular Roman Catholic beliefs, experiences and practices. The programme looks at questions about the fundamental aspects of Christian life, which are addressed and explored in the light of Christian faith and the church: the ways faith is celebrated, lived and prayed through the sacraments and the liturgical year. Students study aspects of Church history, the church as the people of God, the sacrament of Reconciliation, aspects of prayer, Judaism at the time of Jesus and the significance of the Passover for both Jews and Christians.
Central to the religious studies programme throughout Year 9 is an exploration of Christianity and in particular Roman Catholic beliefs, experiences and practices. Students study the importance of Pilgrimage, Christian Leadership inspired by Jesus’ example in the New Testament, and the meaning and purpose of the Ten Commandments in contemporary society. Other components include aspects of Church history; the Great Schism and Reformation and the affects this has had upon the Christian family, as well as the Ecumenical movement of the 20th & 21st Century. Students will also study aspects of Islam. In the summer term Year 9 students begin GCSE work from the Catholic Christianity paper.
Key Stage 4
All students during Year 10 & 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies Catholic Christianity course. The course is linear; all examinations are taken at the end of Year 11. Students learn about the history, foundation and expression of the Catholic faith today. They also study the beliefs, practices and expressions of Judaism, satisfying the requirement that they be familiar with another world faith.
The course also includes debate of important ethical issues whilst thinking about Catholic and Christian points of view, including scientific perspectives.
Students will study three different topics:
- Topic 1: Catholic Christianity: The study of Catholic beliefs, teachings and practices: Written exam; 1hour 45mins.
- Topic 2: A systematic study of Judaism; Beliefs, practices and teachings; Written exam; 1hour
- Topic 3: Christian Ethical study: different topical issues looking at Catholic views; Written exam; 1hour
- Arguments for the existence of God – Revelation, religious experience, solutions to the problem of suffering.
- Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st century – What does marriage mean to Catholics, the importance of family life, the role of men and women.
Key Stage 5
A Level Philosophy and Ethics - see page 23 of the Sixth Form prospectus.
Core RE - see page 25 of the Sixth Form prospectus.