Religious Studies

INTENT

Religious Education is at the core of the curriculum in St Anthony’s.  We are committed to supporting students at whatever stage they might be on their faith journey.  We strive to help students achieve their full potential as human beings.

We believe it is essential that all students should have an appreciation of the religious and spiritual dimension of life. We aim to encourage awareness and appreciation of the pupils’ own worth and that of others and also to respect the rights of other people who have beliefs which are different to their own. As a Catholic community it is our duty to deepen the knowledge and understanding of Catholic and other religious traditions but also to enable young people to explore their own story, experiences, personal beliefs and that of others whatever their faith background.

RE is also an academic subject and pupils are expected to develop skills of research, thinking, reasoning, communication and co-operation. We therefore strive to help to develop the skills for GCSE or A Level Religious Studies.

We offer a huge range of activities outside of the classroom which we hope will  inspire and increase enjoyment in the subject, e.g. pilgrimages, study days at universities, retreats, guest speakers, visits to places of worship, visiting theatre groups.

All students in St Anthony’s study GCSE Religious Studies. The course content aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of religion. We explore the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices and ways of life.  RE lessons also give students the opportunities to express personal responses to the big questions in life, such as “Who am I?” “What happens when I die?”  “What is the meaning of life?”

“I have come” Christ said “that you may have life and have it in all its abundance.”

IMPLEMENTATION

Religious Education – Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

All students in Key Stage 3 will study the following areas in Religious Education:

Year 7

– Belonging

– Christian belief

– Judaism

– Jesus

– Pilgrimage

Year 8

– Getting to know God

– Love and Forgiveness

– Islam

– Human Rights

– The Gospels

Year 9

– Mark’s Gospel

– How Jesus saves

– Ethics

– Students then start their GCSE course

Religious Education – Key Stage 4

Year 11

Year 10

This GCSE takes a distinctive issues-based approach to the study of Catholic Christianity. It integrates a 75% study of Catholic Christianity, with a 25% study of Judaism. Component 1 is entitled Foundational Catholic Theology and Component 2 is entitled Applied Catholic Theology.

The course enables learners to gain knowledge and understanding of two religions: Catholic Christianity and Judaism.

Theme 1: Foundational Catholic Theology (37.5%)

Section 1: Origins and Meaning

This theme requires learners to consider Catholic Christian and non-religious beliefs about the origins and value of the universe and human life.

It covers key themes such as:

• creation ex nihilo

• evolution

• imago Dei

• inspiration

• omnipotence

• revelation

• stewardship

• transcendence

Section 2: Good and Evil

This theme requires learners to consider philosophical questions concerning the origins and nature of good and evil and different religious answers to the problem of evil and suffering.

It covers key themes such as:

• conscience

• evil

• free-will

• goodness

• incarnation

• Natural Law

• suffering

 

 

 

Theme 2: Applied Catholic Theology (37.5%)

Section 1: Life and Death

This theme requires learners to consider religious beliefs about the nature of life and death.

It covers key themes such as:

• death

• eternal life

• heaven

• hell

• judgement

• Magisterium

• resurrection

• soul

Section 2: Sin and Forgiveness

This theme requires learners to consider philosophical questions concerning the nature of criminality and the rationale for punishment. Through a study of teachings and beliefs, questions relating to the justifiability of capital punishment will be explored.

It covers key themes such as:

• absolutism

• Eucharist

• evangelisation

• forgiveness

• punishment

• relativism

• salvation

• sin

 

 

Theme 3: Study of Judaism (25%)

Section 1: Beliefs and Teachings

·         Nature of the Almighty

·         Shekhinah

·         Messiah

·         Covenant with Moses

·         Covenant with Abraham

·         Sanctity of life

·         Mitzvot

·         Life after death

 

Section 2: Practices

·         Acts of worship

·         The Tenakh and Talmud

·         Prayer

·         Shema

·         Rituals

·         Shabbat

·         Festivals

·         Features of a synagogue

 

Religious Education – Key Stage 5

Year 12 RE

Year 13 RE

AS/A2 Level Christian Theology

Students who opt to study at AS/A2 level follow the Eduqas Religious Studies specification, which involves three  components throughout the course; Ethics, Christianity and Philosophy. In Year 1 students will complete units such as Ethical Thought, Religious Experience and Religious Figures and Sacred Texts.  At A2 Level, students will explore questions around Social and Historical Developments in Religious Thought, Religious Language and Free Will.

Year 13 General RE

Year 12 General RE

General RE in the Sixth Form

All students in Years 12 and 13 study General RE. In Year 12 students will examine all the world faiths alongside an ethical theory and a chosen theme. For example, ‘What do Situation ethicists and Hindus believe about forgiveness?’

In Year 13 students look at various themes such as; Black Catholic Faith Role Models, Mental Health and World Faiths and their Festivals. This will enable students to see the real life impact of faith around the world and prepare them for life outside the Academy.