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Religious Education

“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

What is meant by the Catholic way of Life?

Who is God?

Who is Jesus?

What is the History of the Church?

What are the key beliefs and practices of Eastern Religions?

What is the Jewish way of life?

Year 8

What is the Christian response to scientific challenges?

Why does the existence of evil and suffering in the world cause problems for religious believers?

Why are the Covenants of Noah, Abraham and Moses important to Christians and Jews?

What is the Paschal Mystery?

What is the impact and importance of religious art for the believer?

Catholics Social Teachings: How do we meet the challenge to live justly?

Year 9

What are the key beliefs and practices of Muslims today?

How do we make moral decisions?

Peace and Conflict: what role does the media play?

A Gospel Study: What does Mark’s Gospel say?

What are Jewish beliefs?

Year 10 GCSE RS AQA 8036 YA

What are Jewish Practises?


The Incarnation

The Triune God


The Church and the Kingdom of God

Year 11 GCSE RS AQA  8036YA


Theme A:  Religion, Relationships and Families

Theme C: Religion, human rights and social justice  

Catholicism Christianity and Judaism revisited

Digging deeper: Themes A and C

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

Thomas Becket Catholic School, Becket Way, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 6HT

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Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academies Trust, C/o St Thomas More Secondary School, Tyne Crescent, Bedford, Mk41 7UL