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St Peter's
Catholic School

Religious Education


Ms H Fogell and Mr R Hotea

Joint Heads of Religious Education

The Team
Mrs F Blackett Teacher of Religious Education
Mrs M Morling Teacher of Religious Education
Miss F Pollard Teacher of Religious Education
Miss I Richards 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 and it takes up 10% of the timetable. 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.

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; In God’s Image, Human Rights and Social Justice and Spread of Christianity.

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 Year 9 units are: Islam, The Word of God; Discipleship; Kingdom of God; Love and Relationships; Creation (the first unit of the Religious Studies GCSE Catholic Christianity course).

Religious Education also contributes to the school’s provision of Sex and Relationships Education. The Key Stage 3 curriculum includes age appropriate content for each year covering, for example, issues related to friendships, family life, love and marriage. The lessons 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 continue the Catholic Christianity course begun at the end of Year 9. This paper is worth 50% of the overall grade.  In this course students study Catholic beliefs, teaching, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to the five remaining topics: Incarnation; the Triune God; Redemption; Church and the Kingdom of God; Eschatology.

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

Students sit two exams at the end of Year 11, both 1 hour and 45 minutes long. The GCSE exams will measure student achievement 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.