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St Francis Xavier

Religious Education

RE has an exceptional impact on pupils’ positive attitudes to diversity and difference in society. The jointly agreed syllabus enables pupils to understand the distinctive features of the Catholic and Anglican faith.” SIAMs Ofsted inspection 2018

The Religious Education department is committed to delivering high quality teaching and learning, underpinned by the Gospel values of Love of God and Love of neighbour. Religious Education is at the heart of the curriculum and hopefully will “construct a platform, on which individuals can stand to make a faith commitment and develop as fulfilled human beings

We aspire to lead students to a sympathetic understanding of the teachings of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches, while providing all pupils with a full appreciation of Britain as a multicultural society, by exploring a variety of world faiths, in order to create respect and peace. We are concerned with searching for answers to the deeper questions of human existence in order to help students make sense of life.

RE has an exceptional impact on students’ positive attitudes to diversity and difference in society. The agreed diocesan syllabi enables students to understand the distinctive features of our two Church traditions that they see enacted in our worship. A comment that is widely echoed is “The school makes sure we are united, not divided by our own brands of Christianity” The study of different religions gives students a wider perspective and they freely express their opinions with both honesty and sensitivity. They learn to “disagree well” because they are able to explore and question issues in an atmosphere where they are safe and supported.

At Key Stage 3 students are engaged using in depth schemes of work, dynamic resources and forward thinking teaching and learning, respecting both traditions. We use a variety of strategies to encourage students to think philosophically about what it means to be human and how they belong to God, the Church and the world. Students will examine the Biblical text, assess the impact this has on human experience and make connections with their own lives.

At Key Stage 4 the full cohort of students study both Christianity and Judaism alongside philosophical and ethical themes. They develop a detailed understanding of a variety of moral issues and the impact they have on humanity whilst developing skills in evaluation, explanation and the ability to present a justified argument.

“Pupils regularly achieve exceptionally high standards in RE, leading to GCSE results that are well above the national average. This is one of the highest achieving departments and particularly impressive as all pupils take the subject to GCSE, in line with the high profile given to RE as a core subject” SIAMs Ofsted inspection 2018

Curriculum Team

Mrs C Masterman - Curriculum leader
Mrs K Nicholson
Mrs H Holyome

Key stage 3 topic

Year 7 - The Big Questions

Students are taught 5 lessons a fortnight.

What is Religious Education?

Creation and Science: Conflicting or Complimentary?

How do you become a Christian?

Who is our patron Saint?

Was Jesus the Messiah?

Can following God bring Freedom and Justice?

What did Jesus do to save Human Beings?

What difference does the resurrection make?

What does it mean to be part of a multi-religious world? A study of Eastern religions.

Year 8 -The Big Questions

Students are taught 5 lessons a fortnight.

What is the nature of God?

Should Christians be greener than everyone else?

Why do Christians believe that Jesus was God on Earth?

What is so radical about Jesus?

What does it mean to be part of a multi-religious world? A study of Judaism

Year 9 – The Big Questions

Students are taught 5 lessons a fortnight.

What does it mean to be a Pilgrim Church?

What does it mean to be part of a multi-religious world? – A study of Islam

Does the world need prophets?

Why are people good and bad?

What do we do when life gets harder?

Key stage 4 topics

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A Specification

5 hours a fortnight beginning in the final term of year 9.

Topics taught in year 10 – Paper 1

Beliefs and teachings of Christianity

Practices of Christianity

Beliefs and teachings of Judaism

Practices of Judaism

Topics taught in year 11 – Paper 2

War and Conflict

Crime and Punishment

Relationships and Families

Religion and Life

GCSE Assessment

There are two exam papers at the end of the Course, one for each paper and each lasting 1hour and 45 minutes.

 Wider curriculum

Links to St Mary’s Church Richmond, Influence Church Richmond and St Joseph’s and St Francis Xavier RC Church Richmond

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