Religious Education

 

St Claudine’e value of service is at the heart of everything the Religious Education Department does. The Religious Education Department empowers pupils to become religiously literate in the current world and enables them to have the knowledge, understanding and skills to reflect spiritually, think ethically and theologically and be aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life. Our high expectations permeate everything we do as a department and pupils are always challenged to strive for the very best and flourish to meet their full God given potential academically, socially and spiritually.  Religious Education is taught at all Key Stages and accounts for 10% of curriculum time for Key Stage 3 and 4. In the sixth form students follow a Core RE programme which accounts for 5% of the curriculum time, where contemporary issues relating to faith are covered, alongside the opportunity to select Theology as an A Level where students are taught Philosophy, Ethics and Christianity.

 

Key Stage 3

 

Students follow “The Way, The Truth and The Life” programme.

In Year 7 students will study six topics including the Word of God, God’s Call, Sacraments and Sacraments of Healing, Leadership in the Church and the Mission of the Church.

In Year 8 students will study six topics including Creation, Covenant, Paschal Mystery and the Mass, Prophetic Role of the Church and Spiritual Quest.

In Year 9 students study topics on Conscience and Jesus of the Gospels. At the beginning of the spring term students start their Eduqas GCSE course with Judaism: Beliefs and Teachings and Practices.

Students are assessed for both knowledge and skills via bi-weekly keyword tests, regular knowledge recap tests, exam-style questions within lessons and independent study and end of unit assessments for each topic.

Key Stage 4

 

All classes are entered for the Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies. Over two and half years, students will undertake a study of Foundational Catholic Theology through the themes of Origins and Meaning and Good and Evil. Using what they have learnt they will then be expected to apply this knowledge to issues surrounding Life and Death and Sin and Forgiveness. All students will then be given the opportunity to study another world faith, Judaism, learning about the fundamentals in beliefs, teaching and practice.

Students complete three exam papers at the end of KS4:

Paper 1: Foundational Catholic Theology 1hr 30 minutes

Paper 2: Applied Catholic Theology 1hr 30 minutes

Paper 3: Judaism 1 hour

 

Key Stage 5

 

Year 12 (Eduqas Syllabus)

 

Students in Year 12 will study the syllabus set out by Eduqas and will undertake a study of Religious Philosophy, Religious Ethics and Christianity. Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding and their ability to critically analyse what they have learnt and justify viewpoints. Students will also be required to draw links between the three areas of study.

 

Students complete three exam papers at the end of KS5:

 

Philosophy of Religion: 2 hours

Religion and Ethics: 2 hours

Christianity: 2 hours

 

Year 13 (AQA Syllabus)

 

Students will undertake a study of Religious Philosophy, Religious Ethics and Christianity. Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding and their ability to critically analyse what they have learnt and justify viewpoints. Students will also be required to draw links between the three areas of study in their dialogue section.

 

Students complete three exam papers at the end of KS5:

 

Philosophy and Ethics of Religion: 3 hours

Christianity and Dialogues: 3 hours

 

Core RE

 

All student attending Catholic Schools are required to attend Religious Education lessons. In the Sixth form, each student is expected to attend one lesson a week. In Yr12 students follow a course that is based upon the issues that impact religious belief in the UK today, for example, the social issues of crime and punishment, looking at the value of religion and discussing the difference between something being legal but moral. In Yr13 students follow a course that has been designed to respond to the challenges of modern society with its changing values and ideals.  They will have the opportunity to engage in discussions regarding medical ethics, concept of self and the topic of human trafficking.