St Thomas More Catholic High School

Religious Education

The aims of classroom RE are outlined in the Curriculum Directory, in which, the Bishops state that RE should promote:
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith and life
  • Knowledge and understanding of the response of faith to the ultimate questions about human life, its origin and purpose
  • The skills required to engage in examination of and reflection upon religious life and practice

Curriculum RE at St Thomas More Catholic High School aims to be faithful to these areas and equip young people with an enquiring mind and a reflective soul.  These aims very much reflect the aims of our entire Catholic school. Religious Education is a core subject in our school and is studied by all pupils up to and including GCSE level.

Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 study runs from the beginning of Year 7 to the end of the autumn term in Year 9.  All Catholic secondary schools in the Diocese of Shrewsbury follow the Diocesan Framework, written by Curriculum Leaders for Religious Education, supported by our Diocesan Education Advisor and approved by the Bishop.
“The Catechism and the Curriculum Directory have given schools strong guidance on which to base their Religious Education curriculum.”                                                                            (Evaluating the Distinctive Nature of a Catholic School)

Pupils study the following units of work:

Year 7
Autumn:  Signs of Belonging, Characteristics of God, Advent.
During this term pupils also attend a Year 7 Residential Retreat to the Conway Centre, Anglesey which forms part of their preparation for the Year 7 Family Mass that is held in October.

Spring:  Our Faith Story (The Bible), Lent-Blessing and Fall-Holy Week

Summer:  Hinduism, Pentecost

Year 8
Autumn:  We are a Pilgrim People, Choices on the Journey

Spring:  An introduction to Islam, Mark’s gospel

Summer:  Catholic Social Teaching, Judaism

Year 9
Autumn: ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’ Learning to Love

Key Stage 4
All pupils study the Edexcel specification A.  There are three areas of study:

   1.  Catholic Christianity (50% of the GCSE course)

   2.  Judaism – Beliefs, Teachings and Practices (25% of the GCSE course)

   3.  Philosophy and Ethics (25% of the GCSE course)

Pupils study Judaism in the spring and summer terms of Year 9, Catholic Christianity in Year 10 and Philosophy and Ethics in Year 11.

Pupils will be assessed at the end of Year 11 in the form of three examinations.

For further information on this course please follow the link:

Revision Resources
Personal revision is essential for pupils studying Religious Education.   At Key Stage 4 pupils are encouraged to purchase a revision guide as well as use the resources that are uploaded on to Show My Homework.   We take the view that ‘study homework’s’ are as important as written homework and we expect all pupils, particularly in Key Stage 4, to build revision time into their homework routine.

Revision Tips

  • Avoid distractions! Turn off your phone, television etc
  • Make brief revision notes. There is no need to spend loads of time colour coding revision timetables and notes. Sometimes we can spend longer sorting out what we are going to do, rather than actually doing it!
  • When you have revised a topic, close your notes and try to write 6 points about the topic you have studied.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
Pupils all year groups examine differing age-appropriate RSE topics.  Pupils are taught the Catholic Church teaching on all RSE topics that are studied, these topics include:
Year 7 – peer pressure, benefits and disadvantages of social media, appropriate and inappropriate relationships
Year 8 – body image, sexting, homosexuality, pornography
Year 9 – marriage, contraception, abortion, sexual health

Contact details
Please feel free to contact any member of the department e-mail here.