Religious Education

Key Stage 3

As a Core Subject, students at St Mary’s Catholic School study Religious Education for 10% of their curriculum time. This equates to 5 hours a fortnight.

Year 7

Students begin the year by learning about the history of St Mary’s Catholic School, and how the Catholic Life of the School is evident within our community, and what it means to be part of a Catholic Christian community. We look at our school Patron Saint, as well as the lives of our various House Saints. Much of the rest of the year explores themes that tie in with the Eucharist which is at the centre of our Catholic Faith. We explore the concepts of sin, forgiveness, sacrifice and reconciliation. We examine the different types of texts found in the Bible and how these are important for Christians today.

Year 8

Our year 8 programme of study starts right at the beginning of the Bible with a look at the Genesis accounts of Creation. We look at different ways of understanding these accounts, and how these compare to other explanations of our origins. We then look at the lives of the Prophets, and explore how their messages may still be relevant today. In the Spring Term we focus on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, examining the reasons why Christians believe he is both Human and Divine, as well as the events of his Passion and Resurrection. In the Summer Term we look at how Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect in Palestine to a global religions reaching all the way into Britain and the rest of the world.

Year 9

Year 9 allows us the change to engage with the major other world religions (Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam) as well as exploring the diversity within the Christian Faith (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant). We explore a number of themes, such as origins, initiation, food, worship and pilgrimage, each from the perspective of the different religious groups we study. Students are encouraged to learn about and respect people from religious traditions to their own, and to identify where these can be found in multi-cultural Britain today.

The students begin their GCSE course in February after the half term with the two units on Judaism. One unit focuses on Jewish beliefs while the second unit is on practices such as festivals, prayer in the synagogue and in the home.

Key Stage 3 Level Descriptors

Key Stage 4

All students at St Mary’s Catholic School study Religious Studies at GCSE, and will have 5 hours a fortnight of lessons in this subject.

Students will be studying for the AQA Religious Studies Specification B qualification. This course is made up of 3 components. They are:

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The GCSE courses are based on completing two exams at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework or controlled assessments.

Key Stage 5

Core Religious Education

All students at St Mary’s Catholic School study a non-exam Core Religious Education Course. This is in line with the requirements of the Education Act (1944) and the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, which require that students study Religious Education for 5% of their curriculum time. This is 1 hour a week, and does not involve any homework, coursework or end of year exams.

A Level Religious Studies

In addition to Core Religious Education, a large number of students opt to study for the A Level Religious Studies Course.

This course, which is provided by the Edexcel exam board covers three main areas of study. They are:

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Upcoming Events

22 Jun

St Thomas Moore Assembly

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25 Jun

Year 10 Internal Exams Begin

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26 Jun

Year 7 Cricket Away at TBHS

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27 Jun

Year 11 Prom

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