Religious Studies KS3-5

Religious Studies is at the Core of our School – As a Catholic School we believe that Christ is at the centre of all that we do. Religious Studies gives us the opportunity to explore this specifically. We follow Diocesan requirements and teach according to the Bishop’s Directory for Religious Education.

Our goal at Sacred Heart is to develop students who are:

. . . “religiously literate young people who have knowledge and understanding and skills. . . To think religiously, spiritually and theologically and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life”. (Conference of Catholic Bishops of England and Wales)

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

The KS3 RE course is designed to fulfil the requirements of the Curriculum Directory for Religious Studies Students are assessed regularly throughout the year in relation to NBRIA (National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers) levels of attainment.

 

The Year 7 course involves the study of:

  • Revelation and Faith
    In this Module pupils will progress from developing basic Bible skills to knowing stories relevant to faith and revelation, understand some of the teachings behind these stories and ultimately reflect upon how these stories are relevant to life in the modern world.
  • God's Promises Fulfilled
    Throughout this module pupils will develop their skills of understanding and application. They will study the history of the Jewish people, the role of John the Baptist and the events leading up to the birth of Jesus.
  • The Saviour
    During this module, pupils will be grappling with the issue of Jesus’ humanity & divinity.  They will be studying texts to analyse how Jesus is portrayed in the Bible and consider how this impacts people’s lives today.  Their knowledge of what it is to be Christian may be challenged and they will have to reflect on, analyse and evaluate their role in the world.
  • The Church
    This module helps pupils understand how the Church first began.  It charts the history of the Church but also challenges students to deepen their understanding of what the Church is. 
  • The Sacraments
    This module encourages a deeper understanding of the sacraments.  It challenges the pupils to interpret the symbols used and to make links between the origins of the sacraments and how they effect everyday life. 
  • Christianity and Other Faiths
    In this module pupils will increase their knowledge of different faiths.  They will research other faiths and beliefs and compare them to Christianity.

 

The Y8 course involves the study of:  
  • Creation & Spiritual Quest
    In this Module pupils study different theories relating to creation.  They will develop a knowledge and understanding to the different approaches and an understanding of how the theories affect peoples’ approaches to the environment.  They will also evaluate the different theories. 
  • Covenant & God’s Call
    Throughout this module pupils will develop their skills of understanding, application and evaluation. Through studying various OT texts they will be able to explain the meanings of passages and how believers apply the meanings to the way they live their lives.  They will also develop evaluation skills when studying some of the stories.
  • Collective Worship, The Eucharist & The Mass
    During this module, pupils will be grappling with the issue of collective Worship.  They will explore and evaluate different world faiths’ approaches to worship.  Their knowledge of what mass is may be challenged and they will have to reflect on, analyse and evaluate their role in this act of worship.
  • The Paschal Mystery
    This module helps pupils explore a deeper understanding of the Paschal mystery.  It charts the events of Holy Week but also challenges students to deepen their understanding of how Holy Week is relevant to Christians’ everyday lives and also their worshipping lives.  This module encourages independent research, empathy and an analysis of what Holy Week actually is.  Applying beliefs routed in theological theory is key to this module.
  • The Church
    This module encourages a deeper understanding of the church.  It challenges the pupils to interpret the symbols used and to make links between the origins of the church and how these have been applied to make the Church what it is today.  Pupils will also evaluate what it means to a part of the Church in the modern world.
  • Preparation for GCSE
    This module gives the students a taster of what is in store for them at GCSE.

They will explore the essence of what a Gospel is and evaluate whether they are historical documents or more.  They will also analyse how the Gospels effect people’s lives today. The second part of this module gives pupils the opportunity to explore some of philosophy’s and ethics’ big questions

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

In Year 9 students Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA GCSE Religious Studies B.  This GCSE focuses in depth on the Catholic faith, by looking at beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression within Catholic Christianity. Students will broaden their understanding of religion by studying the beliefs and practices of another major world faith – Islam. 

They will also study contemporary ethical issues through Catholic and other religious and non-religious perspectives. 

Component 1 Catholic Christianity Year 9

Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

  •  creation
  •  incarnation
  • the Triune God
  • redemption
  • church
  • eschatology

Component 2 Perspectives on faith Year 10

Beliefs, teachings and practices of Islam and two religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes chosen from:

  • Theme A: Religion, relationships and families
  • Theme B: Religion, peace and conflict
  • Theme C: Religion, human rights and social

In Year 11 students are given the opportunity to reflect on their faith and its implications through special half day sessions that explore a variety of moral and religious issues.

 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

At Key Stage 5 students undertake AQA GCE Religious Studies.  This course studies Christianity and aims to give students a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints.

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

Section A: Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death.

Section B: Ethics and religion

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant.

 

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

Section A: Study of Christianity:

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism.

Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion.

  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion.

  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Every student in our Sixth Form is required to attend Core Religious Studies. This is a non-exam course which allows students to discuss and debate various ethical, philosophical and religious issues to enhance their studies. The Governors and Headteacher places great importance on this compulsory lesson because education is about more than examination success.

 We aim to provide the best opportunity for the students to engage in a meaningful way in the process of moral, spiritual and religious education. Students look at the following topics:

  • Self, Death and Afterlife.
  • Eastern Mysticism
  • Human Relationships
  • Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • Thinking about Life and Faith
  • Islam and Islamophobia
  • Peace-Making
  • The Problem of Evil.
  • Religious commitment and new religious movements

Activities such as small and large group discussions, debates, research and presentations further enhance the learning experience of the students.