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St. Mary's Catholic High School

Religious Education

Welcome to Religious Education Department at St Mary’s Catholic High School. Religious Education is a core subject that is studied by all pupils at both Key Stages.

It is our hope that all pupils will be provided with opportunities to understand and reflect on their faith and relationship with God and feel able to express their own beliefs freely. The areas covered across both Key Stages will allow students to gain a deep understanding of Catholic beliefs as well as different religious beliefs.

Every child does matter in this department and as your child will find out, this is a very caring learning environment in St Mary’s and a place where it is safe to ask questions about life and often difficult topics.

We believe RE is such an important subject due to the skills it helps to develop and the various career pathways it can open up. The GCSE is looked upon favourably by colleges and universities as it allows students to build analytical skills which are vital for further education and sought after by employers. RE can help to open up a number of career opportunities linked to teaching, law, nursing, police, social care, the army etc.

The department makes a huge contribution to the Catholic ethos at St Mary’s, offering whole school social time and reflections for pupils throughout the year.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our subject area.

God bless,

The RE department.

Religious Education Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

During Key Stage 3 pupils will develop knowledge and understanding through study, discussion and reflection. We follow the Liverpool Archdiocesan programme “People of God”.

During Year 7 pupils will study:

Community and the nature of God, what it means to be a pupil in a Catholic school, the mission statement and how it is lived, the nature of Truth, characteristics of God found in scripture, God as revealed in the Trinity, God the creator and our response to His creation, the historical figure of Jesus and miracles, the incarnation and Christmas story, parables of Jesus, the Kingdom of God, CAFOD, the importance of signs and symbols, the importance of Sacraments in our lives, lent and holy week and the religion of Hinduism.

In Year 8 pupils will study:

Vocation, gifts and talents, monastic life, St. Benedict and St. Francis, Mother Teresa, Christian denominations and Church history, the Apostles, Saint Alban, the Great Schism, the Reformation, the sacraments of healing, forgiveness and healing, the Old Testament, Abraham, Moses, the Ten Commandments, the covenants, the liberation or the Jewish people from slavery, the Passover, Jesus’ new covenant, the Beatitudes,  and the religion of Islam.  

All pupils will study Religious Studies at GCSE. We follow AQA specification B which is a two year GCSE course. Pupils sit two exams in year 11 each worth 50% of your GCSE grade. Each exam will last 1 hour 45 minutes.

For Paper 1 pupils will study Catholic Christianity. Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics: Creation, Incarnation, The Triune God, Redemption, Church and the Kingdom of God, Eschatology

For Paper 2 pupils will study Judaism. The key beliefs of Judaism, the Covenant and the mitzvot, the synagogue and worship, family life and festivals, including bar/bat mitzvah, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Pesach.

Theme A - Religion, Relationships and Family. Relationships with a focus on love and sexuality, marriage, cohabitation, divorce and separation. The roles of men, women and children in the family and the equality of women and men both in religion and society.

Theme B - Religion, Peace and Conflict. Christian perspectives on human violence, justice, forgiveness and reconciliation. Christian perspectives on societal war and just war theory. The notion of Holy war and pacifism and Christian perspectives on terrorism and Christian initiatives in conflict resolution and peace making.

Both Theme A and Theme B are studied from Christian and contemporary point of view.

At  A Level we study Eduqas Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics.  Some of the topics covered:

Arguments for the existence of God, challenges to religious belief, atheism, evil and suffering, religious experience, ethical thought concerning moral decisions, what is right and wrong, ethical theories, social development in religious thought, migration, poverty, injustice in society and feminism.