Religious Studies

Our teaching of religious studies is based on the faith and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. With Christ at the centre of all that we do, we strive for religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills to reflect spiritually, think ethically and theologically and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in their everyday lives. We seek to affirm the unique value and importance of each pupil, ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to grow in their faith and to provide a coherent and accessible curriculum that challenges the students academically, morally and spiritually. We endeavour to teach by example the Gospel values of Christ and to promote the Catholic faith, while encouraging the pupils to achieve their God-given potential.

STAFF

Head of Department

Ms D Reid - dreid@morehousemail.org.uk

 

Ms K Gulin - kgulin@morehousemail.org.uk

 

Ms O Henvey - ohenvey@morehousemail.org.uk

Aims

As a department we aspire to:

  • Educate the minds, hearts and spirits of all our pupils.
  • Promote religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills to reflect spiritually, think ethically and theologically.
  • Provide an intellectually rigorous course of study, allowing the pupils to develop their knowledge of world religions and to reflect on the importance of tolerance and respect.
  • Intellectually examine theological, philosophical and ethical questions and issues. 
  • Encourage the pupils to become analytic and logical thinkers. Religious Studies requires an open mind, an eagerness to enter into debate with others, and the ability to think and write coherently.
  • Provide a supportive environment in which effective teaching and learning can take place by having high expectations of each and every pupil, assessing and carefully responding to the needs of all pupils by monitoring their progress, and regularly evaluating departmental practice. 
  • Help the pupils to understand more fully the nature of the gift that God is offering to each of them.
  • Enable the pupils to understand that their journey with God is an ongoing one that will continue growing and developing long after they graduate from More House School.
  • Enable each of our pupils lives to be illumined in faith.

KS3 (years 7, 8, and 9)

At Key Stage 3, all pupils have four lessons a week, following the framework of a series called, “The Way, The Truth, and The Life.”

This programme is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools published by the Bishops’ Conference.

Year 7

  • Revelation & Faith
  • God’s Promises Fulfilled
  • The Saviour
  • The Church
  • The Sacraments
  • Christianity & Other Faiths

Year 8

  • Creation
  • The Covenant
  • Mystery of the Eucharist
  • Holy Week
  • Mission of the Church
  • The Church in Britain

Year 9

  • The Spiritual Quest
  • The Gospels
  • Life in the Spirit
  • God’s Call
  • Morality & Conscience
  • Dialogue with other Faiths

KS4 (years 10 and 11) - GCSE Syllabus (AQA)

All pupils have four lessons of religious studies each week.

Pupils are prepared for and entered into the AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification Route B. This GCSE is a rigorous course of study, allowing the pupils to develop their knowledge of world religions, critical thinking and evaluation skills and self-understanding.

The AQA GCSE involves two exams at the end of year 11 and the modules for each exam are as follows:

Exam 1: Roman Catholic Christianity

  • Creation
  • Incarnation
  • The Triune God
  • Redemption
  • Church and the Kingdom of God
  • Eschatology

Exam 2: Judaism and Ethical Themes

  • Practices of Judaism
  • Beliefs of Judaism
  • Religion, Relationships and families
  • Religion, human rights and social justice

KS5 (sixth form) - A-level Syllabus (Eduqas)

Exam board: Eduqas

The WJEC Eduqas A level in religious studies provides a broad, coherent and worthwhile course of study. Pupils study three components: Theology (Introduction to Christianity), Philosophy of Religion, and Religious Ethics.

A-level religious studies encourages learners to develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world. Pupils are encouraged to develop an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, including considering the views of scholars/academics, the ability to analyse the nature of connections between the components they have studied, their own values, opinions and attitudes, in the light of their study.

External assessment at A level will be by three two-hour written examinations, one paper per component. Pupils choose to answer two questions out of the five set on each paper. Each paper will be worth 33.3% of the final grade. More weighting is given to the skills of argument and evaluation at A level.


Core Religious Studies

Every pupil in the sixth form is required to attend core religious studies, two lessons a week. Pupils study a range of topics to help broaden their understanding of key religious beliefs and to support pupils in their own personal and spiritual journey. A wide range of philosophical, theological, ethical and moral issues are also studied and debated, from euthanasia to medical ethics, faith and science to human dignity and human trafficking.

By the end of the course, pupils will be able to critically reflect and understand the meaning and importance of a range of sacred texts and sources of wisdom. Pupils will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the complexity of religious teachings and beliefs and personal choices and commitments. Pupils will also critically evaluate religious and non-religious views and in doing so contribute an independent and well-argued account of their own and others’ views. Pupils discuss different views, leading to developed arguments that are clear, relevant and well-structured. Upon completion of each module, pupils undertake a written assessment.


Clubs and Activities

At More House, we have a busy and vibrant religious Ssudies department.

  • KS3 participate in a “Faith through Art” project, whereby the pupils select an artist, such as Caravaggio, and examine through a particular choice of picture the symbolism, context, colours and presentation of Jesus and reflect on what they believe the artist is trying to communicate.
  • We run a weekly lunchtime prayer group, which all pupils are welcome to attend.
  • Pupils can join our Guild of Servers, taking responsibility for serving Mass and upkeep of the Chapel.
  • Pupils are actively encouraged to join our weekly “Faith In Action” club and campaign to bring social justice campaigns to the forefront of school life and wider afield.
  • Pupils eagerly look forward to the annual Advent competitions.
  • Competition writing is encouraged and pupils often have parables, poems, prayers, inspirational Christians, and newsletter accounts placed on the wall for display purposes.
  • Debating is encouraged in lessons and after school on a variety of theological, philosophical and ethical issues.
  • There are retreats for various year groups.