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St Peter's
Catholic School

Religious Education

Mr M Dell

Head of Religious Education

The Team

Mr P Calfe Teacher of Religious Education
Mrs H Fogell  Second in Department
Mrs M Habgood Teacher of Religious Education
Mr R Hotea  Teacher of Religious Education
Mr M Steady Teacher of Religious Education

Introduction to the Department

Welcome to the Religious Education Department. At the core of Catholic education lies the Christian vision of the human person. This vision is expressed and explored in classroom religious education. Therefore, classroom religious education is at the heart of our school’s mission to be ‘Christ to all’. Our purpose is to provide students with a rigorous academic experience in which to engage with the deepest questions of life and find reasons for hope. 

Our programme of study is based upon the ‘Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools’ (2012) produced by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It provides the opportunity for students to learn about religion and from religion to explore a personal response to what they have learnt. We aim to develop skills of knowledge, understanding, analysis and evaluation and confidence in using religious language so that students are able to discuss their learning and reflections in an articulate manner.

Key Stage 3 Information

The Key Stage 3 programme of study follows a main theme in each year. Developing an understanding and appreciation of world religions is incorporated into the Key Stage 3 curriculum and a number of the major world religions are studied.

Year 7 follow the theme ‘Our Beliefs and Practices’. We look at various aspects of the Catholic faith, with the aim of consolidating and building upon the students’ prior knowledge and understanding. The units are: Introduction to RE; The Liturgical Year; Sacraments; Place of Worship; Introduction to World Religions and Hinduism; Prayer and Pilgrimage; Created by God.

Year 8 follow the theme ‘Our History’. We look at the origins of the Church up to the present day. This includes a study of the history and teachings of the Old and New Testaments, an examination of the Jewish religion and of the spread of Christianity to the present day. The units are: Creation and Covenant; Judaism; Lent and Easter; Spread of Christianity; The Church Today; In God’s Image; Sikhism.

Year 9 follow the theme ‘Our Inspiration and Faith Today’. We explore the life of Christ as the inspiration of Christians today and examine a number of his key teachings. This incorporates a study of the beliefs and values that shape the life and faith of Catholics today. The units are: Word of God; Who is Jesus?; Discipleship; Love and Relationships; Kingdom of God; Death and Resurrection; Islam; Introduction to Moral Issues.

Religious Education also contributes to the school’s provision of Sex and Relationships Education. The Key Stage 3 curriculum includes an age appropriate module for each year covering, for example, issues related to friendships, family life, love and marriage. The modules promote and examine relevant Catholic Church teaching. The aim is for students to understand what the Church teaches and the reasoning behind the teachings.

Key Stage 4 Information

Students study AQA Religious Studies ‘B’ (8063).  In Year 10 students follow a core unit on Catholic Christianity, worth 50% of the overall grade.  In this unit students study Catholic beliefs, teaching, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics: creation; incarnation; the Triune God; redemption; Church; eschatology.

Following this, students study Islam as their second religion.  All students in England must study a second religion for Religious Studies GCSE. This is worth 25% of the overall grade and covers Muslim beliefs, teachings and practices. In the remaining 25%, students study two philosophical and ethical themes in relation to Catholic Christianity and non-religious world views: relationships and families; peace and conflict.

Students sit two exams at the end of Year 11, both 1 hour and 45 minutes long.The GCSE exam will measure how students have achieved in relation to their ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief, as well as their ability to analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief.  Students will also need to demonstrate an understanding of similarities and differences within and between religions.