Salesian School

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Religious Education

Head of Department: Mr David Legrand

As a Catholic school, we place a great deal of value in learning about religion and faith, alongside a rigorous academic curriculum. Religious Education is studied through all of the Key Stages, with every student taking the full course GCSE in Years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 3 RE

Students study RE for 4 hours per fortnight during Key Stage 3. The study of religion is invaluable as most people in the world choose to live their life by a religious code. Understanding the spiritual, moral and ethical perspectives and traditions of others encourages tolerance and peace.

In Year 7, students are introduced to the Bible, Church worship (including Mass and Baptism) the gospels, and the importance of Christmas and Easter. They learn about key figures including Mary, the founder of the Salesians (Don Bosco), and the place of young people in the church.

In Year 8, students learn about the history of the church, early Christian pioneers and the topic of vocation. They learn more about the Christian year and worship, including advent and reconciliation, and study concepts like sainthood. They also study the person of Jesus through St Luke's gospel.

In Year 9 students complete their Key Stage 3 studies by exploring fundamental concepts such as justice, peace, resurrection, confirmation and the place of the Messiah. They also spend a whole term exploring the concept of Love.

In addition to our studies of Christianity, students also learn about a range of other faiths, including Hinduism, Judaism and Islam, in accordance with the Catholic Curriculum Directory.

Students undertake a variety of activities including independent research, projects, group presentations, silent reflection and the use of ICT.

Extra-curricular opportunities include: Trips to places of worship, cinemas and exhibitions. Students can join youth club and Taize, and our Chaplaincy team provide multiple opportunities for prayer and worship.

Key Stage 4 RE

RE is a core subject at GCSE. Students study RE for 5 hours per fortnight during Key Stage 4. They build on all they have learned at Key Stage 3 through their study of:

  • The themes of St Mark's Gospel, including the ministry of Jesus, His suffering, death and resurrection, and discipleship.
  • Identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitment.
  • Differences of opinion and practice among Christians.
  • Issues surrounding: the right to life, the use of medical technology, personal responsibility, social responsibility and global concerns.

We follow the AQA (A) syllabus. The course is assessed entirely through examination. 

Extra-curricular opportunities: Students have the opportunity to join in a variety of initiatives in raising money for the Don Bosco Ashalayam, Palestinian Christians, Lourdes and others. They can also take part in retreats and volunteering.

For more information, see the current GCSE Options Booklet.

Progression opportunities

You can continue to study RE in the Sixth Form, either through courses like Philosophy and Ethics A Level, or by taking the Extended Project Qualification and independently studying an issue relating to ethics, morals, faith or spirituality. You can find out more on our Sixth Form pages.

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