Religious Education

Head of Department - Mrs C. McCarthy

RE is a very important part of the curriculum at Holy Family. In RE lessons pupils seek to understand and reflect on their own faith as well as show understanding and respect for the beliefs of others. The areas covered across both key stages allow students to gain a deep understanding of Catholic beliefs, inspired by the person of Jesus and Gospel values, as well as the broader Christian tradition. In RE we also aim to develop students both spiritually and socially to gain an appreciation of other belief systems and help them to continue to grow long after they have left school.

The aims of Religious Education are:

  1. To present engagingly a comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
  2. To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
  3. To present an authentic vision of the Church's moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society;
  4. To raise pupils' awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
  5. To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life;
  6. To stimulate pupils' imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
  7. To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
  8. To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.

The outcome of excellent Religious Education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life (Religious Education Curriculum Directory page 6)

Year 7 Religious Education Learning Programme

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

What does it mean to belong to a community? 

  • School Community (the Mission Statement of Holy Family)
  • Church Community (roles within a parish, the laity and the priest, world wide Church community)

What is the role of the Church in our world? 

  • The hierarchy of the Church

 

  • describe what it means to belong to a Christian community
  • explain the purpose of a school Mission Statement
  • evaluate the importance of different roles in a Church local community. 
  • explain the role of the Pope and Bishops in the Church
  • understand how the Church is organised.

 

What can we learn about Jesus during Advent?

  • The doctrine of the Incarnation
  • The infancy narratives

 

  • explain the importance of the birth of Jesus. 

Spring

Who is Jesus? 

  • Documents of faith and history
  • The titles of Jesus (Miracles and Parables)
  • describe the documents of faith and history and explain their importance.
  • evaluate the importance of the documents of faith and history
  • evaluate different titles of Jesus.

Why is Jesus important?

  • Lent
  • Jesus in conflict with authority
  • The Death of Jesus
  • describe the religious and political situation at the time of Jesus.
  • explain how Jesus came into conflict with religious authorities
  • explain and evaluate the meaning and importance of the death of Jesus.

Summer

What are the signs of Catholic Identity?

  • The Sacraments of Initiation
  • The Sacrament of Baptism
  • describe the seven sacraments
  • explain the importance of the Sacraments of Initiation
  • evaluate Infant and Believers’ Baptism

What are the signs of Hindu identity?

  • Introduction to world religions
  • Hinduism
  • describe the 6 major world religions
  • explain why studying world religions is important.
  • explain what Hindus believe about God.
  • explain how Hindus worship and celebrate festivals. 

 

Year 8 Religious Education Learning Programme

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

What does it mean to be a covenant people?

  • Old Testament Covenants

 

  • describe what a covenant is and give examples of different covenants
  • evaluate the importance of the 10 commandments for Christians today

 

How is Jesus the new covenant? 

  • describe the new covenant
  • explain the importance of the Jesus’ teaching
  • evaluate the importance of Jesus’ teaching for Christians today. 

Spring

How do we meet the challenge to live justly? 

  • Peace, Justice and Reconciliation
  • The life and example of St. Oscar Romero

 

  • describe Kingdom Values
  • explain the role and importance of Oscar Romero
  • explain and evaluate why Human Rights are important to Christians.

Do Faith and Science conflict? 

  • Images of God in the Old and New Testament
  • Different interpretations of the Genesis Creation accounts

What is Stewardship?

  • Christianity and the Environment
  • Stewardship
  • describe images of God from the Old and New Testaments
  • evaluate the different interpretations of the Genesis creation accounts. 
  • describe the problems of the environment and possible solutions
  • explain the Church’s teachings on the environment
  • evaluate how far religion can solve the problems of the environment.

Summer

The Sacrament of Confirmation

  • describe the sacraments of initiation
  • understand the sacrament of Confirmation
  • understand the link between Confirmation and Pentecost and the Holy Spirit
  • evaluate the importance of Confirmation for young people today. 

What are the signs of Jewish identity?

  • Importance of Judaism as a world religion
  • describe the different branches of Judaism
  • understand the importance of the day of rest (Shabbat)
  • explain the importance of festivals in Judaism
  • evaluate how difficult it is for Jews to practise their religion in the modern world. 

Year 9 Religious Education Learning Programme

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

Catholic Christianity

  • Church teaching
  • Sources of moral authority
  • describe how the Church is organised
  • explain the impact of the Second Vatican Council
  • apply different sources of moral authority to case studies
  • evaluate the importance of different sources of moral authority.

Islam

  • The life and teachings of Muhammad. 
  • The Five Pillars of Islam 
  • Islamophobia 

 

  • describe the life of Muhammad. 
  • explain the importance of the Five pillars of Islam 
  • evaluate and reflect on the problems faced by Muslims living in the UK. 

Spring

AQA Paper 2 Theme D:  Peace and Conflict

  • explain different religious responses to fighting in a war (Just War vs Pacifism)
  • understand the different arguments about nuclear weapons
  • understand religious responses to the victims of war

AQA Paper 1: Religions

Judaism:  Beliefs and Teachings

  •  explain Jewish beliefs about God
  • explain the importance of the first and second covenants
  • understand Jewish ideas about Messiah
  • evaluate Jewish teaching on the sanctity of life. 

Summer

Preparation for End of Year Exam

 

AQA Paper 2 Theme G:  The Life of Jesus

  •  understand how Mark’s Gospel came to be written
  • explain the different titles used for Jesus in St. Mark’s Gospel
  • evaluate the importance of the life, death and resurrection for Christians today. 

 

Year 10 Religious Education Learning Programme

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

AQA Paper 2:  Theme G St. Mark’s Gospel – The Life of Jesus (Final days in Jerusalem only)

  • understand the importance of the passion narrative for the Christians and for Christians today. 
  • evaluate the importance of the life, death and resurrection for Christians today. 

Assessment:  St. Mark’s Gospel topic

AQA Paper 2:  Theme A Religion, Relationships and Families

  • explain different religious attitudes to homosexuality, contraception and sex before marriage
  • understand religious teachings on the nature and purpose of families
  • evaluate religious teachings on divorce and remarriage.

Assessment:  Themes A, D and G

AQA Paper 1:  Religions

Catholic Beliefs and Teachings

  • explain Catholic doctrines of Trinity, incarnation, redemption and salvation
  • understand the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church
  • evaluate the importance of the Church for Catholics today. 

Assessment:  Catholic Beliefs

Spring

AQA Paper 1:  Religions

Judaism Practices

  •  explain and describe the importance of the synagogue in Jewish life and worship
  • explain the importance of the home in continuance of Judaism in relation to Shabbat, food laws and festivals.
  • explain the importance of marriage and family life.

Assessment:  Religions – Catholic beliefs, Judaism beliefs, Judaism practices

Summer

Preparation for End of Year exam

Paper 1

  • Catholic Beliefs
  • Judaism Beliefs
  • Judaism Practices

Paper 2

  • Relationships and Families
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Mark:  Life of Jesus

AQA Paper 1:  Religions

Catholic Practices

  • explain the importance of different types of prayer for Catholics
  • explain and evaluate the importance of pilgrimage for Catholics
  • explain the importance of popular piety (stations of the cross / rosary /Eucharistic adoration)
  • explain and evaluate the work of different Catholic Charities (SVP, Missio, Pax Christ etc. )

 

Year 11 Religious Education Learning Programme

 

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

Complete Judaism Practices

 

 

Catholic Beliefs and Teachings

 

 

  •  Understand the importance of Food laws and Jewish festivals. 

½ Paper on Judaism Beliefs and Practices

  • explain Catholic doctrines of Trinity, incarnation, redemption and salvation
  • understand the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church
  • evaluate the importance of the Church for Catholics today. 

WTM on Catholic Beliefs and Teachings

 

AQA Paper 1 Religions

Catholic Practices

  • explain the importance of different types of prayer for Catholics
  • explain and evaluate the importance of pilgrimage for Catholics
  • explain the importance of popular piety (stations of the cross / rosary /Eucharistic adoration)
  • explain and evaluate the work of different Catholic Charities (SVP, Missio, Pax Christ etc. )

 

December Mocks

Paper 1 (Religions): 

  • Judaism Beliefs and Teachings
  • Judaism Practices
  • Catholic Beliefs and Teachings
  • Catholic Practices (if completed)

Paper 2 (Themes)

  • Theme A:  Relationships and Families
  • Theme D:  Peace and Conflict
  • Theme G:  Life of Jesus (Mark’s Gospel)

Spring

AQA Paper 2:  Theme H Mark’s Gospel as a source of religious and spiritual truths

  • explain and evaluate Jesus’ teaching on the Kingdom of God
  • explain and evaluate Jesus’ teaching on faith and discipleship
  • explain and evaluate Jesus’ teachings on outcasts in society
  • evaluate the importance of Jesus’ teaching for Christians today. 

½ paper on Mark’s Gospel

Summer

Revision and Exam Practice

 

Careers in Religious Education


Contrary to the general misconception that the only career open to a student of Religious Studies is the priesthood, there are a large number of career pathways that are open to you. 


The top careers are: 

  1. Advertising 
  2. Archivist (Museums and Libraries) 
  3. Charity work 
  4. Human Resources 
  5. Law 
  6. Politics / Civil Service 
  7. Media (journalism) 
  8. Medicine 
  9. Publishing 
  10. Social / Public services 
  11. Teaching 

And ‘yes’, the Church


The fact is, the skills developed in studying religions are increasingly in demand in a complex, connected, global world. They help us to understand ourselves, our society, and the world.

  • The ability to understand how people have thought and acted in different places and times, and the complexity of how social behaviours are shaped by beliefs and values.
  •  Contextualised critical and analytical skills, applied to the real world, and dealing with issues arising from multiple and conflicting interpretations of texts and traditions with sensitivity and empathy;
  • Being able to understand different viewpoints and philosophies, from an interdisciplinary perspective—and apply that understanding to find practical solutions;
  • Studying religion encourages self-awareness, initiative, creativity and teamwork. Religious Studies students are excellent communicators and make great leaders.