Religious Education

Head of Department: Mrs Hinchliffe
Faculty Staff: Mrs Bailey, Ms Francombe, Mr K McDermott,  Miss Butler
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

The aims of the Religious Education syllabus is to provide each young person with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the Christian faith and to appreciate the spiritual and religious dimensions of life. It is hoped that this will enable each young person to make informed and balanced judgements on matters of faith and morals, both now and in the future.

As a Catholic College, whose mission and values are underpinned by the Christian faith, Religious Education forms an integral part of every students’ learning. The subject encourages students to investigate and explore the nature and diversity of religion and faiths and their importance for individuals and society. It allows students to openly discuss and debate theology in a relevant and interesting context.

Full account is taken of the Liturgical seasons of the Church’s year and topical lessons are undertaken when the Church’s seasons fall within the school year. The work of the Religious Education Faculty is intended to make a major contribution to the personal, moral and spiritual development of each young person, as well as to contribute to the wider spiritual life of the school community as a whole.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

The aim of RE at Key stage 3 is to increase knowledge and understanding of the religious dimension to life as well as opportunities to question, enquire, reflect and respond to the challenges of faith. We provide opportunities to stimulate students’ curiosity and enjoyment of RE; to help students recognise and appreciate the religious and spiritual dimensions in life; to allow all students, irrespective of their religion, belief, gender, ethnic origin and academic ability, to have equal access to the curriculum; to help students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the catholic faith as an expression of our relationship with God; to help students gain a knowledge, understanding and respect for the religious beliefs of other faith traditions. It is our intention that this will enable them to make informed and balanced judgments on matters of faith and morals both now and in the future. Students are encouraged to ask questions and think for themselves throughout the study of these topics and consider their own direction of their faith journey and how they respond to God’s call.

All students study a range of topics throughout lower school that include: St Gregory & Monasticism, Jesus, Judaism, Islam, God, Right & Wrong, the Sacraments, People of the Old Testament, Pilgrimage, Christian Responsibility & Relationships.

All students are assessed regularly and are made aware of their current level of working.

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2
Who Is God?
Who is Jesus?
Terms 3 & 4
What is the Kingdom of God?
What are the signs of Catholic identity?
Terms 5 & 6
What are the signs of identity for the Jewish people?
What are the joys and challenges of living as people of God?

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2
What does it mean to be a covenant people?
How is Jesus the new covenant?
Terms 3 & 4
How do we live as Covenant people?
How do we live out reconciliation?
Terms 5 & 6
What are the signs of Hindu identity?
How do we meet the challenge to live justly?

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2
What are the signs of Islamic identity?
Who is Jesus?
Terms 3 & 4
Do faith and science conflict?
How is God revealed?
Terms 5 & 6
How should I live my life? (relationship education)
What are we called to be?

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course code: GCSE Eduqas – Route B C120PB
Exam Board Specifications:

This course covers three components which each has two themes and will be examined in three separate papers at the end of Year 11 with first examination in May 2018.

Component 1 – Foundational Catholic Theology.
Theme 1 – Origins and Meaning
Theme 2 – Good and Evil

1hr 30 minute exam 37.5% of grade

Component 2 – Applied Catholic Theology.
Theme 1 – Life and Death
Theme 2 – Sin and Forgiveness

1hr 30 minute exam 37.5% of grade

Component 3 – Judaism.
Theme 1 – Beliefs and Teachings
Theme 2 – Practices

1 hour exam 25% of grade

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level Religious Studies Edexcel
Exam Board Specification:

Students who take this course:
This course will be an opportunity to study some fundamental questions which people have always asked about life including: How should we behave and act in society? What is the purpose of life? Can we prove God exists? Is there Life after Death? What is the value of scripture in contemporary society? It will encourage you to deal with controversial ideas about belief and values and will give you the confidence to express yourself using reasoned argument and evidence. It will focus on using the writings of key scholars to explore differing viewpoints about the development of the ideas. It will develop transferable skills of informed discussion and engagement with a range of texts and opinions which are a valuable basis for progression to higher education.

Students will have enquiring minds and enjoy discussion, expressing their opinions and justifying their comments. They should want to develop their critical and analytical skills. It will involve research and personal study. This subject equips students with problem solving, communication and presentation skills and therefore is an excellent choice of subject for those thinking about Law, Education, History, English & Medicine. It is also ideal for students who want to keep their options open for further study.

Students should have a minimum Grade 5 in RE and Grade 5 in English Literature to take this course. However it is not always necessary to have studied GCSE RE and we will consider other applicants based on other humanities grades.

For more information on this A Level course, click here.

General RE:

All students in the sixth form attend one lesson of Enrichment RE per week. Each term has a different theme which is believed to be of interest to our students and prepares them for life in the wider world. The topics are as follows:

  • Human Rights
  • Pax Christi
  • Learning to Love
  • Leading a Happier Life
  • The Moral Maze
  • A study of World religions

Enrichment and Links:

The RE department runs a program of retreats for all students in Year 7-8 and voluntary overnight retreats to Kintbury throughout the rest of the school. Year 7 spend an away day with their tutor group early in term one and Year 8 currently spend a day participating in various workshops at the Ammerdown Centre.

We are fortunate to have a Lay Chaplain who runs a wide range of activities including: meditation, prayer, weekly Mass, fundraising activities and charity awareness. We also celebrate whole school Mass on Feast Days and at the beginning and end of terms.

The Christian Union group is run by Year 11 students and Bath Youth for Christ visit once a week for discussion with Year 11.

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