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Year 7
As part of the enquire curriculum, Year 7 are exploring RE through the theme ‘the island.’ This is a scheme of work told mainly through the medium of storytelling and allows students to develop their literacy and RE skills. As part of this theme, students will explore the need for laws, how new laws are made in the UK, different aims of punishment, the importance of interfaith dialogue, the Catholic sacraments, and the significance of religious and political leaders for Christians today.
Year 8
In Key Stage 3 during Year 8 we are studying the Christian account of creation; exploring how God made each of us in His image, the concept of original sin through the story of ‘The Fall’ and the responsibility of mankind to sustain God’s creation. We are also studying the Old Testament Covenant relationships between God and the prophets; Noah, Abraham and Moses. Students will undertake a study of healthy relationships, focusing on appropriate and healthy relationships in the context of the Catholic Church and its teachings on Contraception, Abortion, Sexual Health and Marriage. In preparation for the GCSE content, students will study a unit on ‘Crime and Punishment’, covering the need for Law, theories of Punishment, Capital Punishment and Jesus’ teaching on justice and forgiveness as well as an Introduction to key concepts in Judaism.

In Key Stage 4, students are following the Eduqas (Route B) GCSE course. Students are focusing on Component 2: Applied Catholic Theology. This component is separated into two themes; the first focusing on life and death. Students will be answering three fundamental questions; what is the meaning of death? Is Euthanasia morally acceptable? What happens after death? Through this study, students will examine Catholic teachings on assisted suicide, secular beliefs on Euthanasia, palliative care and religious and non- religious teachings on life after death. The second theme; Sin and forgiveness focuses on the questions: what is the difference between illegal and immoral? Should serious criminals be executed? How can a forgiving God punish people in hell? Students will gain insight into these issues through a study of absolutist morality, Bible teaching on forgiveness and punishment and different secular theories of punishment.
Component One: Foundational Catholic Theology is separated into two further themes, the first focusing on Origins and Meaning. Students will be answering three fundamental questions; what are the origins of the universe? What are the origins of human life? What is the value of human life? Through this study, students will examine the creation story of Genesis, Hawkins’ theory on the Big Bang, Evolution, as well as Religious and non- Religious viewpoints on issues linked to the Sanctity of life. The second theme; Good and Evil focuses on the questions: Where does evil come from? What does it mean to call God good? How can an omnipotent, benevolent God allow human suffering? This study focuses on the problem of evil, the goodness of God and His creation and the problem of free will.
The third component of the GCSE is a study of Judaism. Students will explore and study the key beliefs and practices of Judaism including festivals, ceremonies, family life and worship.