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Religious Education

Time Allocation: Students study RE for three 1 hour lessons per week in each of Year 7 and Year 8.

Grouping: RE lessons take place in form groups.

Course Content: Students will study a bespoke programme of work based on the way, the Truth and Mark’s Gospel. All students will be provided with textbooks and Mark’s Gospel.

 

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn

Baseline Assessment

All students will sit the RCDOW baseline assessment prior to their studies of other topics in year 7. These assessments assist class teachers and the department in planning and provision of a bespoke curriculum which ensures all students gain the most from their studies within RE. This is achieved through targeted intervention in lessons in order to bring students from non-Catholic schools in line with the knowledge secured from RE lessons in our Catholic primary schools.

Revelation and Faith:

Students will analyse the nature of God and how He reveals himself to us, they will look at Abraham as a man of faith and David’s response to God’s call, and the wisdom of Solomon. Students will also learn key critical skills needed for RE across all key stages.

God’s Promises Fulfilled: 

In this unit of work students will examine the exile of the Chosen People, how the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in The Annunciation and Visitation, the birth of Christ and how this shapes our lives.  Students will be challenged within this topic to look at comparative biblical studies between Old Testament prophecies and the fulfilment with Jesus coming as the Messiah. Provision for more able students will be made through introducing students to different biblical translations and commentaries.

Creation:

Students explore how Catholic’s praise God, how and why God creates and sustains, how different Christians interpret the Bible, the belief we are made in God’s own image, dignity of the human person, God’s call to stewardship, human ecology and de-creation, key theological truths in Genesis, original sin, environmental issues. This unit ensures that all students have a clear understanding of themes within Genesis and Creation that enables students to progress to the higher level of knowledge and understanding needed for their GCSE unit in year 10.

The Covenant:

Within this unit students examine God’s covenant with Noah, God’s covenant with Abraham, covenant unfolds, God’s call to Moses, the Passover and God’s covenant with Moses, the Passover today, Exodus, The Prophets’ message of hope, and preparation for Jesus’ Coming.  They will look in particular at Jewish beliefs in the Messiah and how these contrast to that of those of Christianity. Through using Mark’s Gospel students can explore, research and make links to Jesus as the fulfilment and the new covenant.

Spring

The Saviour:

Students will examine the message of John the Baptistthe Beatitudes and Jesus’ Mission, Jesus the Messiah, Saints as role models, St John Vianney, St Teresa of Avila, Fr Padro Arrupe, Mother Teresa and will reflect on how Catholic’s should live out faith in action. Through exploring these key Gospel stories within the Gospel of Mark, students will be drawing on skills learnt within unit 1 and 2 to explore the meaning and significance of the Gospel today and its influence on other believers.

The Church:

Students will explore the mission of the disciples, Pentecost, the challenges faced by the first Christians (Stephen, Peter & Saul), the Church the Body of Christ. These studies ensure students discover the challenges to faith and enables them to explore and empathise with global issues faced by many Christians today, and the response of the Church to those in need. More able students will be introduced to different elements of the New Testament including the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles of Peter and Paul.

The Mystery of the Eucharist:

In the unit students examine the belief in the Mystery of the Eucharist. How and why Jesus is the Bread of Life, The New Covenant, The Last Supper.  They will reflect on how Catholic’s celebrate the Mass today, and will look in particular at the different parts of the Mass for example the Penitential Rite, Holy Communion and the instruction to go in peace.  They will also look at the different meanings of the Eucharist in the different Christian traditions and begin to learn key terms such as transubstantiation and consubstantiation, as well as symbolic meanings of the Eucharist needed for understanding at GCSE level.

The Paschal Mystery:

Within this unit students will reflect on the meaning of Holy week, they will have an understanding of the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the events in the Garden of Gethsemane, Good Friday, the Trial before the Sanhedrin, Peter’s denial, the Trial before Pilate, Death of Jesus, Holy Saturday, the Resurrection, the Power of the Resurrection, and how Christians celebrate Easter. Through studying the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus as found in Mark’s Gospel students will explore the symbolism of key stories found within the Passion narrative and compare these to the concept of Jesus as fully man and Jesus as fully God.

Summer

The Sacraments:

Within this unit students will look at the how Catholic’s meet God in the SacramentsBaptism, Reconciliation, the Sacrament of the Sick. Through allowing students to explore key teachings from the Church Magisterium (including Vatican II documents, CCC, YOUCAT, Papal documents) alongside biblical identification of the foundation of these sacraments within the Gospel of Mark, students will be challenged in their writing and research skills.

Christianity and other faiths:

In this unit students will study St Paul the missionary, St. Francis Xavier, The Martyrs of Uganda, Gladys Aylward, The Spirit of God at work, and the bonds of friendship between people of different faiths.  They will look at Hinduism as a World Faith and the role that Religion and religious figures has had with bringing peace to others. Students will be developing their Theological skills alongside those needed in preparation of the religious studies skills needed at GCSE.

Mission of the Church:

In this unit of work students will study the Mission of the Church.  In Lumen Gentium we discover that the ‘image of the Church’ is the ‘People of God’.  We examine and reflect on the ultimate purpose of this mission as people who share in the communion of Saints and how the Church is called to express in society the mission of Christ as priest, prophet and king.  Students will research how and why the work of  S.V.P is so important in advocating the cause of the poorest and witnessing to the right order of society.

The Church in Britain:

Students will study the arrival of the Gospel, the history and story of our school patron St Alban, the First Missionaries, St Augustine of Canterbury and the Monks, St Thomas Beckett, Henry VIII and the break from Rome, St Thomas More, the Reformation, Martin Luther, St Edmund Campion, St Margaret Clitherow, and the Emancipation. Through the historical study of the Catholic faith within the UK, students can draw on cross curricular knowledge to further their understanding of the early martyrs and influential figures within the Catholic faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment:

Formal Assessment:

Formal assessments take place at the end of each topic for which a National Curriculum level is awarded.

Homework:

In addition, homework is set each week and involves a variety of activities ranging from extended writing, reading, research and preparing individual and/or group presentations.