Thomas Becket Catholic School

Thomas Becket Catholic School

“Learning together, achieving together and building foundations in Christ” 

The aims of the RE department is to enable students to develop a fundamental understanding of religious beliefs and practices, whilst also encouraging the spiritual and moral development of each individual student. 

Learning together: RE teachers provide a stimulating curriculum, within a purposeful environment, that enriches the learning of the student. Our students are encouraged to be confident and resilient learners in order to rise to the challenges they will encounter, within the school, the community and beyond.

Achieving together: The RE department aims to instill a sense of aspiration in the student through positive attitudes and high expectations. Students can expect a high focus on developing religious literacy and a consistent approach to excellent progress for all.

Building foundations: The RE department works in harmony with the school Chaplain to promote the values, virtues and ethos that shape our students' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Catholic Church.

In Christ: The RE department places the values that Christ taught us at the centre of all that we do. This means integrating Gospel values given by Christ himself and the teachings of the Catholic Church into every aspect of learning, teaching and the totality of school life. We aim to provide a nurturing environment for the spiritual development of all students regardless of their faith. It is an act of respect and compassion that our curriculum helps them to develop their own spiritual growth and reflect on the nature of their own religious identity.

Year 7

  • Creation & Covenant - To explore core belief about the nature of creation
  • Prophecy & Promise - To examine the development and impact of scripture on Catholic today
  • Galilee to Jerusalem - To reflect on the importance of the Jesus as the incarnation of God
  • Desert to Garden - To explore the Paschal Mystery
  • To the Ends of the Earth - To explore the nature of the Holy Spirit
  • Dialogue and Encounter - To examine the importance of ecumenism today

Year 8

  • Creation & Covenant - To examine and evaluate the impact of the creation of humanity on Catholic belief today
  • Prophecy & Promise - To examine the nature of prophecy in the Old Testament in preparing the way for Christ
  • Galilee to Jerusalem - To explore the ministry of Jesus and his proclamations of the Kingdom of God through his parables and miracles
  • Desert to Garden - To examine and evaluate the concept of suffering through the passion of Christ and teaching of the Church on suffering
  • To the End of the Earth - To explore Catholic beliefs in the Resurrection through the Gospels and St Paul’ letters to the Corinthians
  • Dialogue and Encounter - To explore dialogue within the Universal Catholic Church

Year 9

  • Who is Jesus - To explore the meanings a significance of the titles of Jesus for Christians today
  • Discipleship - To explore the meaning of discipleship and its costs and problems
  • Catholic Social Teaching - To explore the Church works universally for the love of neighbour as well as love of God
  • Philosophy & Ethics - To explore the Nature of God as revealed in the Bible and the Church teaching
  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority - The Bible. The magisterium 2nd Vatican Council
  • What do Jews belive and practice? - The Almighty. The Shekhinah. Covenants. Worship. Festivals

Year 10 GCSE

  • Intro to GCSE RS. Catholic beleifs & teachings
  • Catholic practices
  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • Forms of expression and way of life
  • Judaism beliefs & teachings
  • Judaism practices

Year 11 GCSE

  • Philosophy and Ethics - Arguments for the existence of God
  • Religious teachings on relationships & families - in the 21st Century
  • Consolidation: Revisit Catholic Christianity. Judaism beliefs & teachings
  • REVISION Edexcel GCSE Paper 1. Exam skills practice. Judaism practices
  • REVISION Edexcel GCSE RS Paper 1, 2 & 3. SUMMER EXAMS
  • REVISION Edexcel GCSE RS Paper !, 2 & 3. SUMMER EXAMS

Links to Other Subjects

  • History—Renaissance, Reformation, Medieval Views
  • English ‘A Christmas Carol’
  • Science—Adaptation and Inheritance, Evolution, Genetics, Chemical Changes, Rates of Reaction
  • ICT-Robotics
  • English– ‘Frankenstein ‘
  • Geography—Climate change and  damage to the environment
  • Science—Adaptation and Inheritance
  • Geography— Unequal world
  • History—Exploring Empire, War and Conflict,
  • English conflict poetry
  • English– Race relations in ‘Naughts and Crosses’
  • Languages– social issues and global issues
  • Art– Form and perspective