Religious Education


RE is at the heart of the curriculum at St Mary’s, providing a foundation for your child’s future. Many skills are gained through RE, challenging your child to apply their knowledge; remember key facts; apply their beliefs to everyday life situations and have the ability to evaluate contrasting views. RE addresses fundamental human questions and allows discourse to occur. In providing these opportunities in RE, your child will have the ability to think deeply about complex issues, and inspire them to live out the Gospel values both in and out of school.

Extra Curricular activities

The RE department works closely with Chaplaincy, developing the spiritual growth of your child. Each year your child will be given the opportunity to develop their beliefs through a number of extra curricular activities.

Year 7: Friendship Day
Year 8: Pilgrimage
Year 9: Relationships Day
Year 10: Retreat to Castlerigg
Year 11: Various opportunities to lead and support Worship both in and out of school.

Charity: Thinking of others is at the heart of our faith. Each year group supports a different charity, with many events taking place throughout the year.


RE is taught in 2 designated rooms, along with 2 other classrooms belonging to non specialists. All pupils have the opportunity to use IT facilities throughout the year; through bookable IT suites.


Pupils are regularly tested throughout the year. Each pupil is given a target level which they can track after each assessment. Pupils are expected to act upon teacher comments to improve work, so as to show continual progress.

Schemes of Work

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 based on the Archdiocesan Framework ‘People of God – Called to Serve’. They are taught in two periods per week during Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Each year pupils will study one world religion. Pupils have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in groups during the following topics which are studied in six half term blocks:

Year 7

Community; The Bible; Prayer; Lent and Easter; Creation and Pentecost; Hinduism

Year 8

Judaism; Covenant; Jesus The New Covenant; Eucharist; Early Christianity; Peace

Year 9

Pilgrimage; Vocation; Islam; Marriage
In the summer term pupils begin the first unit of their AQA Paper 1 course Creation (See KS4)

Key Stage 4: All Pupil’s study a full GCSE in RE which consists of:

  • AQA Specification B Paper 1 – Roman Catholic Christianity (Year 10)
  • AQA Specification B Paper 2 – Perspectives on Faith (Year 11)
  • Pupils will sit two 1hour 45 minute examinations for each Unit at the end of Year 11. Both are worth 50% of their final GCSE grade in RE.
  • Pupils in Year 10 will sit a ‘mock’ examination in the summer term of Year 10.
  • Pupils in Year 11 will sit a ‘mock’ examination in January of Year 11.

There are no tiered papers in RE and every pupil has full access to the whole range of number grades 9-1.

Paper 1 – Catholic Christianity (50%) – Content


Beliefs and Teachings

Genesis 1&2, Characteristics of God, Christian Interpretations of the Creation account, Made in the Image of God
(Sanctity of Life, Free Will, Stewardship, Human Dignity)

Forms of Expression

Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, Stained Glass Window – Adam and Eve

Sources of Authority

Scripture: Origin of the Bible, Tradition: Natural Law and Sanctity of Life, Magisterium: Vatican II and Science


Stewardship: An Expression of ‘Love you Neighbour’, Stewardship: On a Local, National and Global Scale
CAFOD: Projects of Sustainability, CAFOD: How it Expresses Catholic Faith


Beliefs and Teachings

Jesus as Incarnate Son, Son of Man and Son of God

Forms of Expression

Symbols – Icthus, Alpha and Omega, Chi Rho, Incarnation and Art, Sculptures and Statues

Sources of Authority

Scripture: Beatitudes , Tradition: Irenaeus-Adversus Haereses, Magisterium: Dei Verbum & Verbum Domini


Grace and Sacramental Nature of Reality, Sacraments, Sanctity of Life, Imago Dei and Protection of the Unborn.

3.Triune God, Mission and Prayer

Beliefs and Teachings

Trinity in the Nicene Creed, How Belief in the Trinity Influences Genesis 1:1-3
Trinity in Catholic Life today

Forms of Expression

Different Styles of Music , Mass Settings, Eucharistic Acclamations

Sources of Authority

Scripture: Trinity in Mark and Galations, Tradition: St Augustine and Catherine LaCugna, Magisterium: Catholic Doctrine of the Trinity


Baptism, Types of Prayer, Prayer and Posture


Beliefs and Teachings

Death of Jesus, Resurrection and Ascension, Salvation and Grace, Influence on Liturgy

Forms of Expression

Architecture and Design of Churches, Church Furnishings, Contrasting Artefacts

Sources of Authority

Scripture: Redemption in Mark, John and Acts, Tradition: Salvation in Irenaeus and Anselm, Magisterium: Conscience and Gaudium et Spes


The Mass, Words of Institution, Agnus Dei, Real Presence

5.Church and Kingdom of God

Beliefs and Teachings

Kingdom of God in the Our Father, Catholic Teaching on Justice, Peace and Reconciliation, The Hierarchy of the Church

Forms of Expression

Dramatised Prayer – Stations of the Cross, Pilgrimage , Mission and Evangelism in Drama

Sources of Authority

Scripture: Mary as Model Disciple, Magnificat, Tradition: Four Marks of the Church – Apostolic Succession, Magisterium: Conciliar and Pontifical & Catholic Social Teaching


Love of Neighbour, Two Catholic Agencies, Vocation, Life of an Important Figure

6.Eschatology, Life, Death and Eternity

Beliefs and Teachings

Life After Death, Christian Beliefs about Life After Death
The Four Last Things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell

Forms of Expression

Paschal Candle, Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ , Memorials

Sources of Authority

Scripture: The Rich Man and Lazarus, Tradition: Cosmic Reconciliation of All Things
Magisterium: Vatican II – Lumen Gentium & Catechism


The Last Rites, Funerals, Care of the Dying, Euthanasia
Paper 2 – Perspectives on Faith (50%) – Content


Key Beliefs

The Nature of God, The Divine Presence, Life After Death, Sanctity of Human Life, Messiah

Covenant & Mitzvot

Covenant with Abraham, Moses and the Ten Commandments, Key Moral Principles, Free Will and 613 Mitzvot

Synagogue and Worship

Design of Synagogues, Services in Orthodox and Reformed Synagogues, Prayer, Shabbat in the Home, Worship in the Home, Written and Oral Law

Family Life and Friends

Rituals: Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Marriage, Dietary Laws, Festivals

Themes (2 out of 3 themes are studied)

1.Religion, Relationships and Families

  • Relationships and the human condition
  • Perspectives on Relationship, Families and Responsibilities
  • Gender and Equality and Discrimination.

2.Religion Peace and Conflict

  • Perspectives on human violence, justice, forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Societal War and Just War
  • Holy War and Pacifism
  • Terrorism and Conflict Resolution

3. Human Rights and Social Justice

  • Human Rights and Religious Freedom
  • Perspectives on Wealth
  • Perspectives on Poverty
  • Prejudice and Discrimination