Religious Education Department Curriculum Intent
The aim of Religious Education at Sacred Heart is to develop:
“religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory
We therefore seek to:
- To present engagingly a comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith
- To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively
- To present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society
- To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them
- To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life
- To stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith
- To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum
- To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.
We also aim to address the following trends that affect the teaching of Religious Education:
- Rapid developments in communication and information technology that have led to a web based proliferation of competing sources of ‘authority’
- The privatisation of morality and a focus on personal choice rooted in feelings has increased the domination of the ‘dictatorship of relativism’ in moral reasoning
- The influence of the ‘New Atheism’ and the rejection of the supernatural
- The widespread yet fallacious view that science and faith are opposed to one another
- The rich diversity of religious practice found in modern Britain including the growth of Islam.
The primary purpose of Catholic Religious Education is to come to know and understand God’s revelation, which is fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.