Religious education

Core curriculum

Aims of the curriculum

  • To promote knowledge and understanding of religious issues whilst instilling a sense of spirituality in each pupil
  • To make the teachings of the Church accessible and meaningful to our pupils so they can fully appreciate, and participate in, the Catholic nature of the school
  • To promote the ideals of empathy, tolerance and understanding amongst our pupils as they examine the religions of Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism
  • To promote an understanding of the personal, social and moral issues that are relevant the pupils experiences
  • To instil in each pupil a deeper understanding of faith and belief in God

Curriculum overview

Year 7

Term 1
  • Unit 1 - Our Eucharistic Community
  • Unit 2 - Baptism
Term 2
  • Unit 3 – St Thomas More
  • Unit 4  The Bible
  • Unit 5  The Old Testament
Term 3
  • Unit 6  Judaism and the world of Jesus
  • Unit 7 – The work of Jesus

Year 8

Term 1
  • Unit 1 - Images of God
  • Unit 2 - Islam
Term 2
  • Unit 3 - Christianity
  • Unit 4 - The environment
Term 3
  • Unit 5 - The church and social justice
  • Unit 6 – Hinduism

Spirituality course

Aims of the curriculum

  • To instil a sense of spirituality in each pupil.
  • To help pupils gain an insight into themselves and their role in our community.
  • To promote prayer as a way to have a meaningful relationship with God.
  • To give pupils a deeper understanding of their faith and life with God.
  • To promote the teachings of Jesus and their importance for our pupil’s lives.
  • To help pupils to understand the importance of being united in faith and the role they play in the global community.

Curriculum overview

Year 7

Term 1
  • Theme 1 - How is St Thomas More a better place because of us?
  • Theme 2 - Prayer is fun
Term 2
  • Theme 3 - God loves us
  • Theme 4 - Christ our light
Term 3
  • Theme 5 - Living simply for God
  • Theme 6 - When we stand together

Year 8

Term 1
  • Wisdom
  • Justice
  • Fortitude
Term 2
  • Positive attitude
  • Integrity
Term 3
  • Gratitude
  • Humility

Teaching methods and student organisation

Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability groups. The classes are reviewed at the end of each year and changes are made accordingly based on students’ performance and test results in order to set them for Year 8. 

  • All year groups have three lessons a week

Progression after Key Stage 3

RE is a core subject therefore all students continue to GCSE.

  • Homework is set once a week, ask your son/daughter what their homework is and ask them to show it to you once it is finished
  • At the end of each unit of work you will receive a text informing you when the end of unit test is.  Each student will be given revision materials which you can use to test them
  • Looking in your son/daughters’ exercise books and reading the comments from the teacher and the response from your child will help you to see where they can make improvements and where they are doing well
  • In the end of year exam the attached documents give a brief revision schedule and activities which you can do with your child to help them revise

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

Homework help clubs at lunch time are offered for both KS3 and KS4.

An RE debating club takes place every Tuesday after school from 3pm -4pm where a range of topical issues are explored and students have the chance to develop their debating skills.

After school revision classes are offered leading up to GCSE exams several evenings a week.

 

How can you help your child?

There are a number of resources provided for students within school. However, parents can also access a whole host of web based resources, as well as buy revision guides from numerous retailers.

Ask your child to show you their work and explain it to you; encourage them to demonstate their knowledge and understanding.

 

Related information

Useful religious education websites