Religious Education

Aims of the Religious Education Department

  • In the RE department we aim to affirm the intrinsic value and importance of each pupil.
  • Ensure that all learners have the opportunity to grow in their faith and provide a curriculum that challenges every individual academically, morally and spiritually.
  • We teach, by example, the Gospel values of Jesus in order to promote the Catholic faith.
  • We aim to offer pupils the opportunity to develop and deepen their ability to think and act ethically and to be aware of the impact of religious commitment in everyday life. We seek to deliver a graced understanding of the world in the belief that when we educate each other it is through the mediation of God’s Word.
  • With an emphasis on ‘Faith in Action’ and personal ministry we aim to nurture the belief that each individual is called to love and serve God in the community, both locally and globally. The Church’s love for peace and justice is part of Her constant tradition.


Staff Names and Roles

Mrs Catherine Donnelly - Curriculum Leader

Dr Mary Philo - Curriculum Leader

The RE department is also supported by experienced Generalist, committed Religious Education Teachers, from within every department in the school

Broad General Education Course Layout: S1 Syllabus

Main Text: The New Religion for Living Book 1.

Term 1:

  • Section B: Foundations of Religion-Christianity
    • PART 1 - The Context
    • PART 2 - Evidence about Jesus

Term 2:

  • Section B: Foundations of Religion-Christianity
    • PART 3 - The person and Preaching of Jesus
    • PART 4 - The Death and Resurrection of Jesus
  • Called to Love
    • The Archdiocese programme of Sex and Relationships Education - S1 Created in Love

Term 3:

  • Section B: Foundations of Religion-Christianity
    • PART 5 - Faith in Christ

Broad General Education Course Layout: S2 Syllabus

Main Text: Religion for Living Book 2

Term 1: Section C: Foundations of Religion - Judaism

PART 1: The Context

  • Lesson 1: The Fertile Crescent
  • Lesson 2: Life in Abraham's Time

PART 2: Sources of Evidence

  • Lesson 3: Abraham
  • Lesson 4: Moses
  • Lesson 7: Oral and Written Tradition

PART 3: Rites of Passage and other Rituals

  • Ritual
  • Worship
  • Sign and Worship
  • Prayer

PART 4: Development of Tradition

  • Lesson 20: The Holocaust

Term 2: Section D: The Question of Faith

PART 2: The Beginnings of Faith

  • Lesson 5: Looking at Life
  • Lesson 6: Asking Questions
  • Lesson 7: Finding Answers

PART 3: The Growth of Faith

  • Lesson 8: The Old Testament
  • Lesson 9: The New Testament
  • Lesson 10: What God is Like
  • Lesson 11: Stages of Faith

Called to Love:

  • The Archdiocese programme of Sex and Relationships Education: S2 Growing in Love

Term 3: Section D: The Question of Faith

PART 4: The Expression of Faith

  • Lesson 12: Prayer and Worship
  • Lesson 13: Way of Life
  • Lesson 14: Faithful People

PART 5: Challenges of Faith

  • Lesson 15: World Views
  • Lesson 16: Science and Religion (1)
  • Lesson 17: Science and Religion (2)



Broad General Education Course Layout: S3 Syllabus

Main Text: Religion for Living Book 3

Term 1: Section E: The Celebrating of Faith: Christianity

PART 1: The World of Ritual

  • Lesson 3: Places of Worship
  • Lesson 4: Thee Liturgical Year

PART 2: The Experience of Worship

  • Lesson 5: Worship
  • Lesson 6: Ritual
  • Lesson 7: The Mass

PART 3: Worship as a Response to Mystery

  • Lesson 8: Mystery in Life
  • Lesson 9: Response to Mystery

PART 4: Sign and Symbol

  • Lesson 10: Sign and Symbol
  • Lesson 11: Icons
  • Lesson 12; Sacraments
  • Lesson 13: Sacrament of Baptism

PART 5: Prayer

Term 2: Section F: The Moral Challenge

PART 1: Introduction to Morality

  • Lesson 1: Morality
  • Lesson 2: Free to Choose
  • Lesson 3: Actions and Consequences
  • Lesson 4: Relationships

PART 2: Sources of Morality

  • Lesson 5: Codes of Behaviour
  • Lesson 6: Sources of Morality
  • Lesson 7: The Ten Commandments
  • Lesson 8: The Commandment of Love
  • Lesson 9: The Wisdom of Others

Called to Love:

  • The Archdiocese programme of Sex and Relationships Education: S3 Living Love

Term 3: Section F: The Moral Challenge

PART 3: Growing in Morality

  • Lesson 10: Developing Morality (i)
  • Lesson 11: Developing Morality (ii)
  • Lesson 12: Conscience

PART 4: Challenges to Faith

  • Lesson 13: Making Moral Decisions
  • Lesson 14: Social Justice
  • Lesson 15: Respect for Life
  • Lesson 16: Care for the Earth
  • Lesson 17: Moral Failure
  • Lesson 18: Healing Broken Relationships

S4 Course Outline

Main Text: Catholic Christianity: Unit C Religion and Life based on a study of Catholic Christianity.

Term 1

CHAPTER 1: Believing in God

Factfile 1: Catholic Upbringing and Belief in God

Factfile 2: Religious Experience and Belief in God

Factfile 3: The Appearance of the World and Belief in God

Factfile 4: Other Reasons for Believing in God

Factfile 5: Why Some People Do Not Believe in God

Factfile 6: Evil and Suffering

Factfile 7: The Nature and Importance of Prayer

CHAPTER 3: Marriage and Family Life

Factfile 15: Social facts on Marriage, Divorce and Family Life

Factfile 16: Christian Teachings on Divorce

Factfile 17:Christian Teachings on the Family

Factfile 18: Catholic Teachings on the Family

Called to Love:

  • The Archdiocese programme of Sex and Relationships Education: S4 Committed in Love

Term 2

CHAPTER 4: Social Harmony

Factfile 21: Equal Rights for Men and Women

Factfile 22: Bible Teachings on the Roles of Men and Women

Factfile 23: Christian Attitudes to the Roles of Men and Women

Factfile 24: The UK as a Multi - Ethnic Society

Factfile 25: Catholic Teachings which Promote Racial Harmony

Factfile 26: The UK as a Multi - Faith Society

Factfile 27: Christian Attitudes to other Religions

Factfile 28: Religions Working Together

CHAPTER 5: Religion and the Media

Factfiles: 29, 30, 31 and 32.

CHAPTER 6: Religion, Wealth and Poverty

Factfiles: 33, 34, 35 and 36.

Unit J Catholic Christianity

CHAPTER 7: Beliefs and Values

Factfiles: 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 and 43.

CHAPTER 8: Community and Tradition

Factfiles: 44, 45, 46, 47 and 48.

Term 3

CHAPTER 9: Worship and Celebration

Factfiles: 49 - 57.

CHAPTER 10: Living the Christian Life

Factfiles: 58 - 63.

CHAPTER 11: A Place of Christian Worship

Factfiles: 64-67.

Chapter 12: Christian Vocation

Factfiles: 68 - 71.

S5 Course Outline

Main Text: Today's Issues and Christian Beliefs

Term 1

PART 1: Making Moral Decisions

1. Why bother Studying Morality?

2. The Bible and Ethics

3. Christianity: The Love and Principle

4. God, Human beings and Morality

PART 2:The Family

5. Marriage (1)

6. Marriage (2)

7. Christians and the Family

8. Sex

Called to Love:

  • The Archdiocese programme of Sex and Relationships Education: S5 Faithful in Love

PART 3: Citizenship Issues

15. Christias and work: Equal Rights for Men and Women

16. Substance Abuse

17. Crime and Punishment

18. Capital Punishment

19. Christianity in the Media

PART 4: Mutual Responsibility

20. Racism (1)

21. Racism (2)

22. Asylum

23. Christianity and other Religions

24. Christianity and Art

25. Sexism

26. Disability

27. Suicide and Euthanasia

28. Forgiveness

Term 3

PART 5: Religion and World Issues

29. Poverty (1)

30. Poverty (2)

31. Poverty (3)

32. Poverty (4)

33. Christian Attitudes to War

34. Pacifism and Terrorism

35. Nuclear Weapons

36. Green Issues

37. Animal Rights

PART 6: Is Religion True?

38. What is God?

39. What Caused the Universe?

40. The Argument from Design

41. Experience of God

42. The Problem of Pain

43. Christian Beliefs about Life after Death

44. Fear of Death

S6 Course Outline

Main Text: Mark's Gospel

Themes: Faith in Action/Discipleship/Moral Choices

Term 1

CHAPTER 1 : Discipleship

CHAPTER 2: Conflict and Argument

Called to Love:

  • The Archdiocese programme of Sex and Relationships Education: S6 Responsible in Love

Term 2

CHAPTER 3: Death and Resurrection

CHAPTER 4: The Identity of Jesus

Higher RMPS

The Higher RMPS course will challenge learners to develop critical thinking skills and learn how to construct a well-researched response to the religious, ethical and philosophical issues that are raised during the delivery of the subject. The content of the course is demanding and requires a high level of maturity and commitment to independent research that is essential and necessary for success in this course.

The Course Outline

1. World Religion: Christianity

Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, religion has played a very important role in most cultures throughout history. Humans have engaged in religious practices and activities, such as worship, prayer and rituals marking rites of passage, for a very long time. All religious traditions address fundamental questions about human existence; give meaning to the lives of those who believe in their orthodoxy, and influences people’s actions. One of the reasons we study religion is to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others.

The course will require the study of a world religion in detail. Learners will explore the beliefs, practices and historical foundations of Christianity. They will also examine the relevance and importance of religion in contemporary culture.

2. Morality and Belief: Medical Ethics

Looking at the ethics or morality of something means looking at the right or wrong of it, the good or bad of it, the humanity or inhumanity of it. Knowing right from wrong is one of the qualifications for being a well-functioning member of a just and fair society. Learners will be required to make the link between ethical theory and the practical reality of solving problems that present in the real world of medicine. Applying theory to real life scenarios will provide learners with the opportunity to examine the strengths and weaknesses of religious and non-religious theories of morality.

3. Religious and Philosophical Question: The Origins of Life

Philosophy has been studied for thousands of years. It involves the use of reason and argument to search for the truth about reality and the nature of things. It is used to explore the complexity of The Human Condition and the nature of existence. In this part of the course learners will explore the relationship between Science and Religion. When it comes to the study of origins two different paradigms of knowledge will be explored. The Christian narrative offers an explanation of the beginnings of life and the universe and this has been challenged by scientific explanations about the origins of life.

4. Assignment: Personal Research Project

The topic and question for this research assignment are selected by individuals from any section of the work covered by the course. Writing a dissertation/assignment requires a range of planning and research skills that will be of great value for future careers or studies. Learners use their own discernment about the choice of topic and are expected to have some understanding and interest in the theory and literature on their chosen area.