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

Year 10 and 11 follow Edexel: Specification A:
Area of Study 1: Catholic Christianity
Area of Study 2: Judaism
Area of Study 3: Catholic Christianity: Philosophy and Ethics

At A level we follow the OCR Syllabus: Religious Studies which covers 3 areas:
Philosophy of religion
Religion and Ethics
Developments in Christian thought

All students in the Sixth Form follow a course which enhances their Spiritual and Moral Education.

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
  • The role of the Pope, Bishop and Priest
    ‘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’ – Islam
  • ‘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

  • ‘I Will Be With You Always’ – the Sacraments of Healing, the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ healing
  • ‘Candles In The Dark / People Of God In History’ – Recap Sermon on the Mount, Focus “How to lead a Christian Life”, Famous Christians
  • The Sanctity of Life
  • ‘A Call To Peace’ – No room at the Inn, Infancy Stories (Luke)

We begin our GCSE syllabus in the Lent term where we study Judaism: Beliefs.  We also focus on Lent and Easter during this term.

During the Pentecost term, we study our first topic of Philosophy and Ethics.

Religious Education in Years 10-11

Year 10 and Year 11 follow Edexel: Specification A:

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

Please note there are numerous resources available on FROG under school departments

Religious Studies at A level

At A level we follow the OCR Syllabus: Religious Studies which covers 3 areas:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics
  • developments in Christian thought