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Religious Education in the Catholic School is about growing as a person within a loving and caring community.
It is about asking questions and seeking answers. It about being open to the possibility of God's love and the reality of his presence with us.
It about respect for and understanding of the beliefs of others. It is centred on the person of Jesus Christ, his teaching, his work and his Church in order to understand human existence, human rights, peace, compassion and the harmony of all peoples.
Religious Education is about the Joy of Living.
 
Key Stage 3
 
In Year 7 pupils follow an Induction scheme of learning during the autumn term. This involves the study of key areas of Christianity, including the teachings of the Catholic Church, understanding the importance of Jesus and Mary to Catholic Christians and the significance of celebrating Mass. In the Spring term pupils will explore another faith before studying the Paschal Mystery in the run up to Easter. During the Summer term pupils will explore the sacramental life of the Church followed by a topic exploring relationships.
At the beginning of Year 8 pupils will study the slave trade and the road to freedom from a Christian perspective and the Christian moral life and conscience. During the Autumn term they will also study the topic sin and reconciliation. In the Spring term they will explore another faith before developing their knowledge of the Christian notion of vocation. In the Summer term pupils study covenant followed by a sex and relationships topic.
Year 9 pupils explore the nature of God and arguments for and against the belief in the existence of God during the autumn term followed by an exploration of ‘Who is Jesus?’ In the Spring term the topic of Christian love and service is studied and the exploration of another faith. In the summer term pupils study justice, human rights and respect for human life in the topic ‘Created in the image of God’, followed by sex and relationships education.
 
Key Stage 4
 
All KS4 pupils follow the Edexcel Religious Studies Syllabus.
In Y10 pupils study Unit 3, Religion and Life based on a study of Catholic Christianity. Topics for this unit include Believing in God, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and the Family and Religion and Community Cohesion.
Y11 pupils follow Unit 8, Religion and Society based on a study of Christianity and Islam. Topics for this unit include Religion, Rights and Responsibility, Religion and the Environment, Peace and Conflict and Crime and Punishment.
 
Year 12
 
Religious Studies at A level involves the study of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. In Philosophy of Religion we deal with:  Philosophical arguments for the existence of God, the problem of Evil and Suffering and Philosophical debates about miracles.  In Ethics:  the relationship between Religion and Morality and Ethical Theories such as situation ethics and utilitarianism. An investigation into a medical issue such as euthanasia allows an opportunity to tackle applied ethics.
 
Year 13
 
In year 13 students continue to study challenging Philosophical and Ethical issues.  They explore more complex ethical issues in impressive depth and study philosophical concepts such as religious language and experience in equal depth.  Students learn how to think vigorously and assess the strengths of arguments for and against the different views they encounter.  This is a skill that has enormous benefits and shapes all areas of life, including the work place.  The course offers students an opportunity to investigate the underlying ideas which shape our society.