Curriculum Intent

Religious Education is a central aspect within the College as well as within the curriculum, with all pupils studying it at GCSE level. All sixth form students attend core RE and have the opportunity to study Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at A-Level. The Salesian ethos is embedded within the Religious Education Curriculum.

Pupils have many opportunities to enhance their knowledge, both spiritually and academically with support from our Salesian Sisters and wider Salesian Family. All year groups participate in annual retreats and have the opportunity to attend local and national youth gatherings.
Within the curriculum we aim to recognise each students own worth, respect other people’s beliefs and values, explore their own faith, study the sacramental nature of the church and discus the meaning of living out the Gospel’s today.

Department Staff and Roles

Mrs A Sweeney – Subject Leader
Mrs D Tomkins – 2nd in RE
Miss B Eginton - Teacher of RE
Mrs T Mathias – Teacher of RE
Miss M Murphy – Teacher of RE/PPC
Miss M Murphy – Teacher of RE
Sr Anne Frances McNamee
Mrs A Quirk - School Chaplain

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Initial content will be introductory and welcome to St John Bosco Arts College and our Salesian family

Term 1 Topics & Content: Belonging, Revelation, What is truth, Who is God? Who is Jesus?

Term 2 Topics & Content: What is the Kingdom of God? What are the signs of Catholic identity? Baptism. Eucharist

Term 3 Topics & Content: The Joys of Living as a Christian, Hinduism

Year 7 are also taught by one of our Salesian Sisters, Sr Anne Frances, Salesian Spirituality one lesson a fortnight.

Year 8

Content in Year 8 will provide students with increased depth to their learning. Some content will be built up on from previous teaching which will offer different insights and possibilities to demonstrate to students that there are diverse ways of thinking. There is also new content introduced.

Term 1 Topics & Content: Promises, Covenant in the Old Testament

Term 2 Topics & Content: Forgiveness, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Lent, The Passion, The Easter Vigil

Term 3 Topics & Content: Social Justice, Cafod, Saints

Year 9

Term 1: Faith vs Science, Islam

Term 2: Problem of Evil and Suffering, Sanctity of life

Term 3: Family Life and Vocation, What is True and Right? (Philosophy and Ethics)

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Term 1: Paper 1 – Catholic Christianity - Forms of Expression and Ways of Life;Catholic Church Architecture and features, Sacred objects, Artwork, sculptures and statues, Drama and Music in worship Practices; Sacraments, Liturgical Worship, The Funeral Rite, Prayer, Pilgrimage, Catholic Social Teaching

Term 2: Paper 1 –Catholic Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings; Trinity, Creation, Incarnation, The Paschal Mystery, Eschatology

Term 3: Paper 1 – Catholic Christianity - Sources of Wisdom and Authority; The Bible, Magisterium, Second Vatican Council, Church, Mary the Mother of God

Year 11

Term 1: Paper 2 – Judaism – Beliefs and Teachings; The Messiah, The Covenant, The Mitzvot, Life After Death, Prayer,

Term 2: Paper 2 – Judaism – Practices; Shabbat, Festivals, The synagogue

Term 3: Revision and Exam Preparation 

Key Stage 5

Edexcel Religious Studies

Qualification Details – Edexcel A-Level Religious Studies:
Paper 1: Philosophy
Paper 2: Ethics
Paper 3: New Testament Studies

Over the two years students will prepare for three A Level Papers:

Paper 1: Philosophy

  • Nature and influence of religious experience.
  • Problems of evil and suffering.
  • Philosophical language.
  • Works of scholars.
  • Influences of developments.

  • Paper 2: Ethics

  • Significant concepts in issues and debates.
  • Study of three ethical theories.
  • Application of ethical theories.
  • Ethical language.
  • Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars.
  • Medical ethics.

  • Paper 3: New Testament

  • Contexts of the New Testament.
  • Texts and interpretation of the Person of Jesus.
  • Interpreting the text and the purpose and authorship.
  • Ways of interpreting the scripture.
  • Texts and interpretation.
  • Scientific and historical-critical challenges

  • Core RE

    All students will participate in 1 hour of Core RE a week.

    Yr 12:

    Term 1: Body Image
    Term 2: Salesian Spiritualty
    Term 3: Faith Traditions in our city

    Yr 13:

    Term 1: Capital Punishment
    Term 2: The effects of War

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