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 Spring 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. From September 2018 our Year 7 pupils will study a new scheme based on the national Catholic framework for Religious Education: The People of God.

Pupils study the following units of work:

Year 7
Autumn: Induction to St. Thomas More (including RSE), Who is God? Who is Jesus?

Spring: The Kingdom of God, Signs of Catholic Identity, Lent & Holy Week

Summer: Hinduism, Challenges of living as the People of God

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

Spring: Islam, The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus

Summer: Looking for God, Catholic Social Teaching

Year 9
Autumn: ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’ Candles in the Dark, A Call to Peace

Spring: Do faith and Science conflict? RSE


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 begin their GCSE course after Easter in Year 9 where they begin studying Jewish beliefs and teachings.

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:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-a-2016.html

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
    You can contact Mr Murray, Curriculum Leader for Religious education here