To Reflect on Advent and what it really Means
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Key Stage 3
As a Core Subject, students at St Mary’s Catholic School study Religious Education for 10% of their curriculum time. This equates to 5 hours a fortnight.
Students begin the year by learning about the history of St Mary’s Catholic School, and how the Catholic Life of the School is evident within our community, and what it means to be part of a Catholic Christian community. We look at our school Patron Saint, as well as the lives of our various House Saints. Much of the rest of the year explores themes that tie in with the Eucharist which is at the centre of our Catholic Faith. We explore the concepts of sin, forgiveness, sacrifice and reconciliation. We examine the different types of texts found in the Bible and how these are important for Christians today.
Our year 8 programme of study starts right at the beginning of the Bible with a look at the Genesis accounts of Creation. We look at different ways of understanding these accounts, and how these compare to other explanations of our origins. We then look at the lives of the Prophets, and explore how their messages may still be relevant today. In the Spring Term we focus on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, examining the reasons why Christians believe he is both Human and Divine, as well as the events of his Passion and Resurrection. In the Summer Term we look at how Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect in Palestine to a global religions reaching all the way into Britain and the rest of the world.
Year 9 allows us the change to engage with the major other world religions (Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam) as well as exploring the diversity within the Christian Faith (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant). We explore a number of themes, such as origins, initiation, food, worship and pilgrimage, each from the perspective of the different religious groups we study. Students are encouraged to learn about and respect people from religious traditions to their own, and to identify where these can be found in multi-cultural Britain today.
Key Stage 4
All students at St Mary’s Catholic School study Religious Studies at GCSE, and will have 5 hours a fortnight of lessons in this subject.
Our current Year 10 are the first year group to study the New Reformed GCSE Religious Studies. Students in this year group will be studying for the AQA Religious Studies Specification B qualification. This course is made up of 3 components. They are:
- Component 1 – Catholic Christianity (50%). This covers 6 themes; Creation, Incarnation, Trinity, Redemption, Church and Eschatology
- Component 2 – Judaism (25%). This covers 2 theme; Beliefs and Practices
- Component 3 – Themes (25%). This covers “Religion, relationships and Families” and “Religion, human rights and social justice”
For more information about this course please visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-b-8063
Our current Year 11 students are the final year group to study the legacy GCSE course. They are preparing to sit exams in Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies. Their course comprises of two units. They are:
- Unit 3 – Religion and Life (50%). This covers Belief in God, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and Family Life & Religion and Community Cohesion
- Unit 10 – Catholic Christianity (50%). This covers Beliefs and Values, Community and Tradition, Worship and Celebration & Living the Christian Life.
For more information about this course please visit: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-2009.html
Both GCSE courses (year 10 and year 11) are based on completing two exams at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework or controlled assessments.
Key Stage 5
Core Religious Education
All students at St Mary’s Catholic School study a non-exam Core Religious Education Course. This is in line with the requirements of the Education Act (1944) and the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, which require that students study Religious Education for 5% of their curriculum time. This is 1 hour a week, and does not involve any homework, coursework or exams.
In addition to Core Religious Education, a large number of students opt to study for the A Level Religious Studies Course.
Our current Year 12 students are the first group to study for the new Reformed A Level. This course, which is provided by the Edexcel exam board covers three main areas of study. They are:
- Study of Christianity. This includes beliefs, values and teachings, sources of Wisdom, practices and Social and Historical developments.
- Philosophy of Religion. This includes arguments for the existence of God, religious experience and the problem of evil and suffering.
- Philosophy and Ethics. This includes key ethical theories, such as Natural Law & utilitarianism, as well as applied ethics, such as Just War Theory.
For more information about this course please visit: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/religious-studies-2016.html
Our current year 13 are the final year group that will study the Legacy A Level course. This course, which is also provided by the Edexcel exam board covers two main areas of study. They are:
- Philosophy of Religion. This includes the ontological argument, Religious Experience and critiques of religious belief.
- Philosophy and Ethics. This includes medical ethics, the natural world and issues relating to equality and human rights.
For more information about this course please visit: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/religious-studies-2008.html