In religious education, students will study a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable them to grow academically, socially and spiritually. In addition to learning key Roman Catholic beliefs and practises, students are encouraged to share and cultivate their own experiences in faith. religious education allows students to ask thought-provoking questions in an environment that inspires tolerance and understanding of differences.
 

Faculty Leader: Miss J. Turner – j.turner@stjohnfisher.school

Curriculum Outline
  • Key Stage 3
    • Year 7 – Introduction to religion
    • Advent
    • Sacraments
    • Lent
    • Challenges to Christianity
    • Hinduism / Sikhism
  • Year 8 – Vocation and Discipleship
  • Philosophical topics
  • The importance of Mass
  • Mission of the Church
  • Moral issues
  • Hinduism / Sikhism

Key stage 4 – GCSE – Edexcel Catholic Christianity with Judaism
Year 9 follow a 3 year GCSE plan 
Year 10-11 follow a 2 year GCSE plan

Students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of key beliefs and teachings of the Catholic faith. They will also look at how Catholics practise their faith in daily life. Students will also learn about the beliefs, teachings and practices of Judaism. It is a fascinating subject as it allows students to debate big moral issues, understand and analyse a diverse range of opinions as well as learning to think for themselves about the meaning of life.

Key stage 5 – OCR – Religious Studies: Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics
The OCR Religious Studies course provides students with the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of world religions, and explore philosophy of religion and religion and ethics. 
The philosophy component focuses on the foundation of philosophy; from the ancient philosophers, the debate about the division of soul mind and body, arguments about the existence of non-existence of God, the impact of religious experience, the problem of evil, the attributes of the nature of God and the effects of religious language.
The Ethics component focuses on normative ethical theories like natural moral law, Kant, situation ethics, and utilitarianism. Students will then apply ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance; students will analyse debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience, sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.
The Christian component focuses on religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world. Students will analyse sources of religious wisdom and authority, practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within Christianity. They will also study the significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought; as well as, key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.


Key Stage Taught (Yes / No)
 
Key Stage 3 Yes
Key Stage 4 Yes
Key Stage 5 Yes

Examination Information
 
Official name of course Qualification Level Exam Board
Edexcel Spec A Catholic Christianity with Judaism 1 GCSE Edexcel
Philosophy of Religion and Ethics 1 A Level OCR
Religious Studies 1 A level OCR
 
 
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