Aims

Religious Studies (RS) at St Boniface is a core academic subject. We have high expectations of success for our students. The subject teaches students to think well. RS asks about meaning and purpose in life from beginning to end. It gives space for individual reflection and wondering who and why. Questioning is encouraged. We explore Christianity through the Catholic tradition, along with other principal religions and world views, and how they affect the fabric of personal and social life. RS does not shy away from identifying the reality of evil, injustice and suffering and it opens up visions of how life for all the world’s citizens may be transformed by truth, beauty and goodness. Critical thinking and creative learning lie at the heart of RS.

Curriculum

Year 7

  • Term 1: Prayer
  • Term 2: The Bible
  • Term 3: The Sacraments
  • Term 4 & 5: The Church
  • Term 5 & 6: Sikhism

Year 8

  • Term 1: Islam
  • Term 2: Heroes of Faith
  • Term 3: Jesus
  • Term 4 & 5: Pilgrimage
  • Term 5 & 6: Religion in Film

We deliver the Catholic Christianity course set by AQA (Route B). The students cover Component 1: Catholic Christianity in Year 9 and 10 and Component 2: Perspectives on faith in year 10 and 11. Two exams are sat in the May of Year 11.

Year 9

  • Creation
  • Incarnation
  • The Triune God
  • Redemption

Year 10 

  • Church and the Kingdom of God
  • Eschatology.
  • Judaism (beliefs)
  • Judaism (practices)

Year 11

  • Religion, relationships and families
  • Religion, human rights and social justice
  • Consolidation of all units and exam preparation

– 33% (2 hour exam; three questions from four)

Assessment

Key Stage 3

Each unit of work is assessed by written graded assessments on a termly basis (6-8 weeks). These assessments follow the examination technique required for success at GCSE and as such are an excellent grounding for KS4. 

Key Stage 4

Every student takes GCSE RS. They complete an assessment at the end of each of the modules covered over the three years and complete two mock exams in Year 11. In addition to these formal assessments, students are regularly tested on key words and given at least one practice exam question each lesson. These are designed to prepare them for two final GCSE exams taken at the end of Year 11.