Religious Education

Religious Education

Religious Education

The RE Department lies at the heart of the school’s foundation for the purpose of the spiritual and moral education of our young people according to the Catholic faith.

This means that the department not only strives for academic excellence but also provides many other aspects of spiritual and moral development. This involves provision of liturgical activities, assemblies, weekly and ‘special’ masses, retreats and a variety of related activities. The department is well-supported in these matters by our local priests.

Academically, the department offers the following courses:

Years 7-9: Shrewsbury Diocesan Scheme

Our current Year 11 follow Edexcel GCSE RS:
Units 3 and 10, based on a study of moral issues and matters of belief and practice in the light of the Catholic tradition

Our current Year 10 follow Edexel: Specification A:
Area of Study 1: Catholic Christianity
Area of Study 2: Judaism
Area of Study 3: Philosophy and Ethics

Religious Education in Year 7

Students study a number of different units across Key Stage 3. In year 7, they are as follows:

Year 7

  • Introductory unit
  • ‘Called By Name’ – The Sacraments, Baptism, callings and the life of a Saint
  • ‘God’s Promise Fulfilled’ – The promise to Mary, the Incarnation, Advent
  • ‘Our Faith Story’ – Scriptures and tradition, Sacred writings, the books of the Bible
  • ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ – Jesus and his mission, his lives, friends, etc
  • ‘Lent / Hoy Week’ – Call to prayer, The Good Shepherd Fund, Cafod, Lent & Holy Week
  • ‘Blessing and Fall’ – Genesis 2&3, Relationships, Conflicts, Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • ‘Pentecost’ – The Birthday of the Church, The Holy Spirit, The Sacrament of Confirmation
  • ‘A World Religion’ – Hinduism
  • ‘I Am God’s Work of Art’ – Psalm 139, God as Potter, Jesus’ acceptance of me

Religious Education in Year 8

Students study a number of different units across Key Stage 3. In year 8, they are as follows:

Year 8

  • ‘We Are Pilgrim People’ – My journey, May call on us, Pilgrimage, The Road to Emmaus
  • ‘Choices On The Journey – Influences and Values, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount
  • ‘Journeying By A Different Route – Infancy Stories – Matthew
  • ‘Welcoming The Stranger’ – Prejudice and Discrimination
  • ‘Passover & Food For The Journey’ – The story of Moses, Exodus, Passover, Celebrating Pesach today, link with Christianity
  • ‘We Are An Easter People’ – Resurrection Accounts, Liberation
  • ‘Sharing Stories on The Journey’ – Importance of stories today, Jesus the storyteller
  • ‘A World Religion’ – Judaism
  • ‘Respect For The Earth’ – Genesis 1, Caring for the Earth, Jesus, Stewardship

Religious Education in Year 9

Students study a number of different units across Key Stage 3. In Year 9, they are as follows:

Year 9

  • ‘Lord, What Do You Want Me To Do’ – Responding to God’s call, St Francis of Assisi, Vocation / Holy Orders
  • ‘Candles In The Dark / People Of God In History’ – Recap Sermon on the Mount, Focus “How to lead a Christian Life”, Famous Christians
  • ‘A Call To Peace’ – No room at the Inn, Infancy Stories (Luke)
  • ‘A World Religion’ – Islam
  • ‘I Will Be With You Always’ – Holy Spirit, Jesus’ healing, The Scarament of the Sick
  • ‘Marriage And The Family’

In the Pentecost Term, students begin two GCSE units:

  • ‘Learning To Love / Marriage And Family Life’ – Social Facts of Marriage, Divorce, Homosexuality, Christian views on the above
  • ‘Questions in the Search of God’ – pupils’ and Christian understanding of God; science and religious beliefs

Religious Education in Years 10-11

Current Year 11:
Students study a number of different units across Key Stage 4. They are as follows:
Unit 3:

  • Belief in God
  • Marriage and the family
  • Community and Cohesion
  • Matters of Life and death

Unit 10:

  • Beliefs and Values
  • Community and Tradition
  • Worship and Celebration
  • Living the Christian Life

Current Year 10:
Follow Edexel: Specification A:

  • Area of Study 1: Catholic Christianity
  • Area of Study 2: Judaism
  • Area of Study 3: Philosophy and Ethics