Religious Education (RE)

The Religious Education department is made up of 5 RE teachers with a range of teaching experience and all with a passion for their subject. All students study the Edexcel full course GCSE in Religious Studies ‘Faith and Practice in the 21st Century,’ beginning in Year 9. Our intent, aims and ambitions for our students are based on Scripture as well as our school motto for students to develop their God-given talents;

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah.

The Religious Education Department Aims:

  • To develop student’s God-given talents by helping them to understand the role that religion plays in life and society today and to develop a broader cultural and religious awareness.
  • To enable students to recognize and appreciate the value of themselves and all human beings.
  • To promote knowledge and understandings of religious issues whilst fostering a sense of spirituality in each student; respecting the journeys they are all on in discovering what this means to them.
  • To promote justice, forgiveness and respect for themselves and others.
  • To create opportunities for students to come to know the love of Christ and the value that they have in Him.

Expected outcomes:

  • All students will have developed an understanding of faith and practice within the Catholic Christian tradition, as well as studying Judaism, Islam and Sikhism.
  • All students will be enabled and supported to achieve academic success in line with their potential.
  • All students will have had the opportunity to develop key skills and critical thinking.
  • We will have empowered, and helped create, students who are independent and are able to ask questions of themselves and others and develop their own philosophies.

What courses do students follow in Religious Education at Bishop Milner?

In KS3 all students follow a course based on the Bishop’s Directory.

Year 7

Begins by looking at what it means to belong to a Catholic College and those features that give us our faith identity. We then go on to look at the ministry of Jesus and his disciples, the Mass, liturgical calendar, Christianity in Britain and Sikhism.

Year 8

Units include the Covenant and Old Testament Prophesy, Islam, Scripture and the Moral Social teaching of the church. Students are encouraged to consider the character of the Church and the role of the Papacy.

 KS4: Years 9-11: EDEXCEL

Students follow the Edexcel full course GCSE in Religious Studies ‘Faith and Practice in the 21st Century,’ beginning in Year 9. The course is divided into three papers:

PAPER 1: CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY:

– Section 1: Catholic Beliefs and Teachings.

– Section 2: Catholic Practices.

– Section 3: Catholic Sources of Wisdom and Authority.

– Section 4: Catholic Forms of Expression and Ways of Life.

PAPER 2: STUDY OF A WORLD RELIGION: JUDAISM:

– Section 1: Jewish Beliefs and Teachings.

– Section 2: Jewish Practices.

PAPER 3: CATHOLIC AND DIVERGENT VIEWS: PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS.

Section 1: Philosophy: Arguments for the Existence of God.

– Section 2: Ethics: Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st Century.

The department have produced varied and excellent quality resources to support student’s progress in these topics, from revision cards and booklets to PowerPoints and key word lists. All resources are accessible to students via SharePoint.

KS5: A LEVEL: OCR

Students follow the OCR A Level Religious Studies course made up of three units:

– Religion and Ethics.

– Philosophy of Religion.

– Developments in Christian Thought.

The General RE course is taught in Years 12 and 13 and made up of a variety of topics and activities from an in-house programme.

Resources

The RE department is well resourced with five classrooms dedicated to RE, all equipped with projectors, class sets of Bibles and YouCats as well as relevant DVDs. The department has a bank of religious artefacts from world religions and a range of GCSE and A Level textbooks and journals to support learning beyond the Curriculum and to develop Cultural Capital.