The curriculum in Year 7 and year 8 enables students to come to terms with the spiritual and intellectual rigours involved in this subject. Inevitably, the content is rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition and explores what faith means and what it involves.
The introduction examines a diverse range of topics including the lives of St Ursula and St Angela. However, there is also scope for investigating the role of music in Religion and different types of prayer. A favourite piece of work in this term is religious 'selfies'. Here the students explore the religious contents of the grounds and select the best image for a selfie. The intellectual rigour is clear when, for example, students are able to postulate whether Santa Claus is close to Saint Nichols or the anti-Christ. Again, the subject looks to create uncertainties and challenge assumptions as to what faith involves.
In terms 3 & 4 students explore the identity and teaching of Jesus. The examination of the Beatitudes builds on the Magnificat as offering a revolutionary view of what Christian life involves. The department avoids simple approaches to miracles and parables which end up with a picture and pose such questions as whether certain miracles are justified? This approach involves awareness of the contribution of Christianity to world culture and, in particular, encourages students to explore religion though art.
Term 5 examines the resurrection narratives and the growth of the Church. It poses such questions as why this Messiah-cult survived when others, offering violence, did not. Again, the department links the life of Christians to the sacrifice offered by Oscar Romero, the Holy Father, Saint Teresa of Kolkotta. The challenge of faith to undermine life-style is a constant theme. This materialises in plenty of charity work such as Cafod or Aid to the Church in Need non-uniform days.
Term 6 offers students the opportunity to explore a world-faith. This can be voted for via a P4C activity or at the discretion of the specialist teacher.
Year 8 emphasises Covenant and call. Each area of the syllabus examines what it means to be in a covenantal relationship with God and the demands of this calling. There is greater emphasis on Sacramentality in this year. However, students examine the sacrifice of Christians such as Dorothy Stang or Jean Vanier in handing over their life to bringing the message of the risen Christ to the world.
At KS4 (9-11), students follow a course based on Eduqas Route A which allows the Department to also pursue relevant content from Route B in order to uphold the Bishops' Conference documentaation and recommendation. Year 9 explores such topics as morality, conscience, evil and pilgrimage beyond Route A study. Throughout Year 10 and 11, topics are taught in such a way that sacramentality is incorporated.
Key Stage 4
BBC My life, my faith (worship)
My Life, my religion (Judaism)
(interactive tour of a Jewish artefacts)
(Holy Cribs-The Synagogue)
(A-Z of religious Beliefs)
(Inside a Roman Catholic Church)
Evangelical Worship Service)
(Crash Course World History)
The story of Walsingham
Pilgrimage to Walsingham
Taize brothers promotional video
Jewish death rituals
Christian beliefs about life after death-below one is
True Tube Christian passage of death (funeral)
This is an interesting TenMinuteBible Hour (American review of all sorts of issues related to faith and belief)