Religious Education

Religious Studies

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 is about being open to the possibility of God’s love and the reality of his presence with us.

It is 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.

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 the Covenants before studying the Paschal Mystery in the run up to Easter. During the Summer term pupils will study Islam followed by a topic exploring relationships.

Year 8 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 explored through the teachings of Jesus and pupils go on to study justice, human rights and respect for human life in the topic ‘Created in the image of God’. Summer term brings a chance for pupils to explore Sikhism followed by relationships and sex education.

In Y9 pupils study Foundational Catholic Christianity and Judaism. Topics include Origins and Meanings, Good and Evil and Judaism Beliefs and Teachings.

Y10 pupils study Judaism and Applied Catholic Christianity. Topics include Judaism practices and Life and Death.

Y11 pupils study Applied Catholic Christianity topic Sin and Forgiveness and complete intensive revision of all topics.

Religious Studies at A level involves the study of Philosophy of Religion, Ethics of religion and New Testament studies. 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, Natural Moral Law and utilitarianism. New Testament Studies looks at the purpose and authorship of the Fourth Gospel.

In year 13 students continue to study challenging Philosophical and Ethical issues, and an intensive study of the Gospel of St Luke.  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.

General RE is the programme that all our students in years 12 and 13 follow.  The programme asks students to explore, examine and reflect on their faith at a personal and deeper level.  The course looks at the work of leading scholars for example, Father Robert Barron and the writings of the Pope including Pope St John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.  The course is delivered by visiting speakers and RE staff.  Students are asked to consider how faith impacts on society, community and the lives of us as individuals.  General RE gives our students the opportunity to meet others outside their subject areas, to apply their subject knowledge in a new context and use this in forming an understanding of the world and God’s relationship with His creation.