St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
St Bede’s Free School Go
Ofsted Outstanding

Theology

The Theology Faculty at St. Bede’s are:

Mr D Johnson – Head of Theology djohnson@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk

Mr W Jones - Teacher of Theology & Head of Year 8 wjones@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk 

Mr S Matthews - Teacher of Theology smatthews@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk

Mrs M Wareham - Teacher of Theology mwareham@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk

 

The aim of Theology at St. Bede’s is to provide opportunities for students to:

  • develop their religious literacy of the concepts, beliefs, practices, and values of religious worldviews so that they might understand, appreciate, and respect those belonging to other faiths to help form them as global citizens sensitive to beliefs and cultures different from their own;
  • develop their Christian theological literacy by exploring the origins, development and diversity of Christian concepts,  beliefs, practices, and values as derived from Scripture, tradition, reason and experience enabling them to give a well- informed account of, and response to, the Christian faith;
  • appreciate and assess the impact religions can have on individuals and society in the contemporary world; in particular, appreciating how Christianity has shaped the heritage and culture of Britain;
  • practise skills of interpreting, analysing, and appraising religious texts, values, beliefs, concepts, and practices to enable them to respond to religious worldviews in an informed, rational, and insightful way;
  • engage in theological and philosophical discussion and debate so that they might express, explore, critique, and reflect on their own – and others’ – beliefs, opinions, and values in a safe and mutually respectful environment;
  • encounter religious worldviews as lived out by individuals and communities locally and nationally through visiting speakers and visits to places of worship;
  • encounter Christian virtues and attitudes such as love for all, justice, forgiveness, self-awareness, and appreciation and wonder to help nourish and sustain them into adult life as confident and flourishing individuals;
  • enquire into, and explore, ultimate questions of human identity, truth, God, life after death, moral values, and the meaning and purpose of existence.

What do students study in Religious Education at Key Stage 3?

Michaelmas Half Term

Year 7 - The Bible: “How reliable is the Bible?”

Recommended reading

  • The Bible From Scratch (Simon Jenkins)
  • The Complete Bible Handbook: An Illustrated Companion (John Bowker)
  •  The Lion Encyclopedia of the Bible

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

Year 8 - Life in the Spirit: “How do Christians experience God?”

Recommended reading

  • YOUCAT: the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

Year 9 – Faith in Action: “What would you do to change the world?”

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

  • Amazing Grace (2006)
  • No Greater Love (2010)
  • Into Great Silence (2005)

Advent Half Term

Year 7 – Judaism: “Why should we obey God?”

Recommended reading

  • The Religions Book (Big Ideas series) by Dorling Kindersley

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

  • Testament: the Bible in animation (2002 Channel 4) episode 2: “Abraham”
  • The Prince of Egypt (1998)
  • Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
  • www.truetube.co.uk for a range of clips about Jewish beliefs, practices, and festivals

Year 8 – Hinduism: “What happens after we die?”

Recommended reading

  • The Religions Book (Big Ideas series) by Dorling Kindersley
  • YOUCAT: the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

Recommended websites

Year 9 – Ideas of God: “What is God like?”

Recommended reading

  • God: A Brief History (John Bowker)

Recommended viewing

  • Around the World in 80 Faiths (2009)

Epiphany Half Term

Year 7 – The Mission of Jesus: “How successful was Jesus as the Messiah?”

Recommended viewing

  • Scenes from The Bible: The Epic Mini-series (2013)
  • Scenes from The Miracle Maker (2000)

 Year 8 – The Kingdom of God: “How realistic are the ethics of Jesus?”

Recommended reading

  • The Gospel of St. Matthew chapters 5-7
  • The Gospel of St. Luke 6:17-49
  • YOUCAT: the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

  • The scene of the parable of the forgiving father from Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Year 9 – Buddhism: “To what extent is suffering in the mind?”

Recommended reading

  • The Dhammapada
  • Buddha for Beginners (Hope & Van Loon)
  • The Religions Book (Big Ideas series) by Dorling Kindersley

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

Places to visit

  • The Buddhist Centre, Cambridge
  • The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
  • http://www.amaravati.org/ - a Theravada Buddhist monastery in Hertfordshire 

Lent Half Term

Year 7 – The Sacraments: “What must we do to gain eternal life?”

Recommended reading

  • YOUCAT: the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

  • Testament: the Bible in animation (2002 Channel 4) episode 1: “Creation and Flood”

Places to visit

  • St. Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge 

Year 8 – The Kingdom of God (see above)

 Year 9 – Buddhism (see above)

Easter Half Term

Year 7 – The Early Church: “Why was the spread of Christianity so successful?”

Recommended reading

  • Paul’s Travels (Candle Discovery Series)
  • Augustine Came To Kent by Barbara Willard

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

  • Quo Vadis (1951)
  • Scenes from The Bible: The Epic Mini-series (2013)

Year 8 – The Death of Jesus: “Why did Jesus have to die?”

Recommended reading

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
  • YOUCAT: the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

Recommended websites

www.request.org.uk and click on the tab “Jesus: who was he?”

Recommended viewing

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)

Year 9 – The Resurrection of Jesus: “Why should anyone believe in the Resurrection?”

Recommended reading

  • YOUCAT

Recommended viewing

  • Scenes from The Bible: The Epic Mini-series (2013)
  • Scenes from The Passion (2008 BBC)

Trinity Half Term

Year 7 – Islam: “What is it like being a Muslim in the UK today?”

Recommended reading

  • The Religions Book (Big Ideas series) by Dorling Kindersley
  • Islam: A Short History (Karen Armstrong)

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

Places to visit

  • Cambridge Mosque

Year 8 – The Body of Christ: “Why should Christians go to church?”

Places to visit or worship in Cambridge

  • The Round Church
  • St. Benet’s Church
  • The Catholic Church of Our Lady and English Martyrs
  • St. Mary the Great
  • Wesleyan Methodist Church, King Street
  • Michaelhouse

Year 9 – The Kingdom of God: “How realistic are the ethics of Jesus?”

Recommended reading

  • The Gospel of St. Matthew chapters 5-7
  • The Gospel of St. Luke 6:17-49
  •  YOUCAT: the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

Recommended websites

Recommended viewing

  • The scene of the parable of the forgiving father from Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Which Religious Studies GCSE do pupils study at Key Stage 4?

Every student studies the OCR Philosophy and Ethics through Christianity full course GCSE in Religious Studies in Years 10 and 11. The link to the specification which details the course is here: GCSE RS Specification

As of September 2016, the new GCSE will be taught. The biggest change will be the introduction of the study of another religion alongside Christianity. For more details please see the information provided for the Year 9 options booklet: options booklet information here