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Religious Education

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

Grouping: RE lessons take place in form groups.

Course Content: The topic areas that we focus on in KS3 are Revelation and Faith, God’s Promises Fulfilled, The Saviour, The Church, The Sacraments ,Christianity and Other Faiths in Year 7 and Creation, The Covenant, The Mystery of the Eucharist, The Paschal Mystery, The Church in Britain in Year 8.

 

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn

Revelation and Faith: The nature of God and how He reveals himself to us, Abraham a man of faith, David’s response to God’s call, the wisdom of Solomon.

 

 

God’s Promises Fulfilled: the exile of the Chosen People, Old Testament prophecies fulfilled The Annunciation and Visitation, the birth of Christ and how this shapes our lives.

Creation: Praise of God, God creates and sustains, interpreting the Bible, 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

The Covenant: 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, preparation for Jesus’ Coming

Spring

The Saviour: the message of John the Baptist , the Beatitudes and Jesus’ Mission, Jesus the Messiah, Saints as role models St John Vianney, St Teresa of Avila, Fr Padro Arrupe, Mother Teresa.

 

 

 

The Church: the mission of the disciples, Pentecost, the challenges faced by the first Christians (Stephen, Peter & Saul), the Church the Body of Christ.

The Mystery of the Eucharist: A Mystery, Jesus- the Bread of Life, The New Covenant, The Last Supper, Celebrating the Mass today, Penitential Rite, Overview of the Mass, Holy Communion, Go in peace

 

The Paschal Mystery: Holy week overview, triumphant entry into Jerusalem, 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, how Christians celebrate Easter

Summer

The Sacraments: meeting God in the Sacraments, Baptism, Reconciliation, the Sacrament of the Sick.

 

Christianity and other faiths: St Paul the missionary, St. Francis Xavier, The Martyrs of Uganda, Gladys Aylward, The Spirit of God at work, the bonds of friendship between people of different faiths.

The Church in Britain: Arrival of the Gospel, St Alban, the First Missionaries, St Augustine 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, The Emancipation

 

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.