Religious Education is at the heart of everything that goes on in a Catholic School. Everyone has the opportunity to develop their faith and also to ask the questions that are fundamental to life, in a safe environment.
At Key Stage 3 we follow the ICONS schemes of work. At Key Stage 4 we study the Edexcel GCSE Catholic papers, units 3 and 10.
Topics include: the Bible, belief in God, the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection, marriage and the family, liturgical year and Church tradition, abortion and euthanasia, prejudice and discrimination, prayer and many more interesting subjects.
Students also have the opportunity to share views and ask questions through the school magazine ‘Faith and Reason’- http://sites.google.com/site/staugustinesfar/home.
A course in Religious Education forms part of the compulsory core curriculum for year 10 and 11 Pupils. You will follow a Religious Studies programme accredited by Ed-Excel, leading to the GCSE award on the successful completion of the course.
The Religious Studies examination programme comprises two components, each being followed for half of the course. Each component is then examined at the end of each school year.
The first component concerns the study of:
Having laid a foundation of knowledge of the basics of our Faith during the first three years in school, we have the following aims for our year 10 and 11 RE time:
- 1. To develop a sense of belonging to a community in family, school, parish and wider world, through membership of the Christian Faith.
- 2. To develop an awareness of the responsibilities held by members of the Catholic Community in these wider communities.
- 3. To examine ways in which responsible Christian adults should be involved in our own society and in the wider world.
4. To develop an awareness of the links between prayer and action:
(i) In the Catholic tradition.
(ii) In other Christian traditions.
- 5. To confront the difficulties and contradictions with which Catholic adults may be presented in living out their Faith, as a preparation for life outside the school.
- 6. In co-operation with the School Chaplain we would like to feel that opportunity is provided for you to express the difficulties with which you may currently be faced in living out your Faith.
7. To develop the awareness that growth in the Faith is a life long process and should continue after school days.
- Belief in God
- Matters of Life and Death
- Social Harmony
The second comprises:
- Community and Tradition
- Worship and Celebration
- Living the Christian Life
Careers where Religious Education may be required or would be an advantage could include social work, youth work, medicine and any job requiring interpersonal skills.