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“The Way, The Truth and The Life”

At St Anne’s School we follow a Religious Education course called “The Way, The Truth and The Life” devised to run from Year 1 through to Year 9. This is the updated second edition , written by the Teachers’ Enterprise in Religious Education in the United Kingdom. Approved by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, we are the first school in Spain to adopt “The Way, The Truth and The Life” for teaching this subject.

The continuity our course provides lends itself to progression of learning and we are committed to supporting sacramental catechesis at the precise times when needed. The depth and quality of the course content accompanied by academic rigour, provide an excellent foundation by the end of Year 9 for GCSE Religious Studies. We not only intend to develop a fuller knowledge and understanding of religion, but also develop higher order skills such as criticism, analysis and evaluation. Assessment is mainly through written work, though opportunities exist for presentations and peer assessment. Exceptional work is displayed around the department.

Every pupil is free to access this course and do well in it, regardless of their own personal faith background or commitment.

From Years 7 to 9 the topics studied are:

‘The Way’

7.1 Revelation & Faith

7.2 God's Promises Fulfilled

7.3 The Saviour

7.4 The Church

7.5 The Sacraments

7.6 Christianity & Other Faiths (special focus: Hinduism)


‘The Truth’

8.1 Creation

8.2 Covenant (special focus: Judaism)

8.3 Mystery of the Eucharist

8.4 The Paschal Mystery

8.5 The Mission of the Church

8.6 The Church in Britain


‘The Life’

9.1 Life As Vocation

9.2 The Spiritual Quest

9.3 Conscience

9.4 Jesus of the Gospel

9.5 The Holy Spirit

9.6 The Human Community (special focus: Islam)

7.1 Revelation & Faith

Key learning objectives:

 Know and understand what the Bible is.

 Know and reflect on who God is and how He makes Himself known to us.

 Reflect on how Abraham's journey of faith in God began.

 Think about our relationship with God.

 Know that God made a covenant with Abraham and through him to us; reflect on what this means for us.

 Know that when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, he was testing his faith; reflect on the meaning of this story for us.

 Know that David was chosen by God to be a great leader.

 Reflect on David's response to God's call and reflect on our own response.

 Know about David's downfall and reflect on what this tells us about human nature.

 Reflect on how God keep his covenant with David and will keep His promises with us.


7.2 God's Promises Fulfilled

Key learning objectives:

 Know about the exile of the Chosen People and identify comparisons in the lives of people today.

 Know about the return from exile and God's plan for the Chosen People; think about what they mean for us.

 Know how the birth of John the Baptist was foretold and reflect on what we can learn from it.

 Know and understand about the Annunciation and Visitation; reflect on what we can learn from them.

 Know and reflect on the prophecy of Zechariah and consider the message it has for us today.

 Deepen our understanding of the birth of Jesus and think about how this event has shaped our lives.


7.3 The Saviour

Key learning objectives:

 Deepen our awareness of the message of John the Baptist and reflect on the demands it makes on us.

 Know that Jesus came to show us that He is the way to the Father and consider what this means for us.

 Understand that Jesus came to help all people come close to God and reflect on how Jesus works through Christians today.

 Reflect on Jesus, the Messiah.

 Know that Jesus is truly God and as a man, truly human; reflect on what this means for us.

 Reflect on who Jesus is for us and what he asks of us.

 Reflect on some people who lived for Jesus and think of what we can learn from them.


7.4 The Church

Key Learning Objectives:

 Know that Jesus gave his mission, power and authority to the apostles, reflect on what this means for us.

 Understand how the Church began and think about the message it has for us.

 Be aware of some of the challenges the first Christians encountered and reflect on the challenges we face as Christians.

 Know that the Church is the People of God and reflect on what that means for us.

 Know that the Church is the Body of Christ and reflect on what this means for us.

 Know some of the history of the early Church and reflect on what we can learn from it.

 Know that Jesus gave his mission, power and authority to the apostles and through them to the Church today; think about the impact this has on your life.


7.5 The Sacraments

Key learning objectives:

 Deepen our understanding of the sacraments and reflect on how they can help us.

 Understand what the Sacrament of Baptism is and reflect on what it does for us.

 Reflect on how Jesus explains God’s unconditional love for us and reflect on what it teaches us about God.

 Deepen our understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation; reflect on how it can help us to grow in our relationships.

 Know that Jesus has great compassion and love for all who are sick; reflect on what this means for us.

 Know about the Sacrament of the Sick and reflect on how it can help us.


7.6 Christianity & Other Faiths

Key Learning objectives:

 Know how Christianity continues to spread throughout the world.

 Reflect on the experience and example of St. Paul.

 Be familiar with the experiences of some of the great missionaries and reflect on what we can learn from them.

 Know what the Catholic Church teaches about other Faiths

 Think of ways in which we can work with young people of other Faiths.

 Be aware of some of the major world religions and reflect on some values we share with them.

 Reflect on some of the bonds of friendship between people of different faiths and reflect on what we can learn from them.

 Reflect on a personal experience of Mahatma Gandhi.


8.1 Creation

Key learning objectives:

 Know that God created and sustains the world.

 Reflect on some of the wonders of Creation.

 Understand the theological truths in the accounts of Creation in Genesis and reflect on their importance for us.

 Know that we are made in the image and likeness of God and reflect on what this means for us.

 Understand the account of the Fall in Genesis and reflect on the consequences of this for us.

 Understand God’s call to stewardship and reflect on our response to it.

 Know about people who lives were deeply influence by God’s Creation and think about how we can learn from them to live our lives more simply.


8.2 Covenant

Key learning objectives:

 Understand the meaning of covenant and reflect on some of the covenants God has made.

 Know that God chose Moses to lead His people towards the Promised Land and reflect on God’s choice of leader.

 Know how the Jews celebrate the Passover today and reflect on why the Jews celebrate the Passover.

 Know about the Exodus and think about the message it has for us today.

 Know about God’s covenant with His Chosen People and reflect on what we can learn from it.

 Know that God sent the prophets to remind the people of His covenant and unfailing love for them; reflect on the message of the prophets for us today.

 Understand that Jesus has come to make a New Covenant with us; prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.


8.3 Mystery of the Eucharist

Key learning objectives:

 Understand that Jesus is our Saviour and think about what this means for us.

 Know that Jesus is the Bread of Life and think about how it might affect your life.

 Understand the New Covenant that Jesus makes with us and reflect on our part in this New Covenant.

 Know that at the beginning of Mass we ask for God’s forgiveness for our sins; reflect on what this means.

 Know that the Bible is the Word of God and think of ways in which you can put the Word of God into practice.

 Understand what happens at the Offertory and reflect on how some people prepare to make their offering.

 Know that at the Consecration Jesus becomes truly present on the altar; think about what this means to you.

 Understand the sacrifice Jesus made for us and reflect on how we can participate in it.

 Know that when we receive Holy Communion, Jesus is truly present; consider how we should prepare for this occasion

 Understand that Jesus is sacramentally present in the Blessed Sacrament and reflect on how that can help us.

 Reflect on how we can live out the Mass in our daily life.


8.4 The Paschal Mystery

Key learning objectives:

 Know about Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem and reflect on how the Church celebrates this event.

 Deepen our understanding of the events of Holy Thursday and reflect on the importance of this day for us.

 Know about the Agony in the Garden and reflect on how it may help people suffering today.

 Know about the betrayal of Jesus and his trial before the Sanhedrin; reflect on situations of betrayal today.

 Reflect on the trial before Pilate and the Crucifixion; make links with different types of suffering people experience.

 Reflect on the experience of Mary and the disciples on Holy Saturday; think about how they can help us.

 Deepen our understanding of the meaning of the Resurrection and reflect on its importance for us.


8.5 The Mission of the Church

Key learning objectives:

 Deepen our understanding of the Church and reflect on what it means for us.

 Understand the Mission of the Church and reflect on what it involves.

 Understand the importance of living-out the teaching of Jesus; reflect on the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society or Caritas.

 Know about some people who have dedicated their lives to helping the homeless and reflect on what we can learn from them.

 Understand the importance of helping people with disabilities and reflect on how they can help us.

 Know about the opportunities for mission in the parish community and think about the contribution young people can make.

 Understand how the Taizé Community helps young people from over the world to live the Gospel and reflect on why it is a powerful experience for them.

 Be aware of the challenges to the mission of the Church and reflect on the help young people give today.


8.6 The Church in Britain

Key learning objectives:

 Know about the first arrival of the Gospel in Britain and reflect on the courage of the early Christians.

 Know about the first missionaries to Britain and reflect on the message they have for us today.

 Know about the Monastic Life in the Middle Ages in Britain and reflect on the importance of the monks and nuns for teaching the Gospel.

 Understand that there was a struggle between the Church and the State; reflect on the importance of making decisions about our Faith.

 Know how present day divisions among Christians arose.

 Reflect on the importance of an informed conscience.

 Know about the dissolution of the Monasteries and reflect on the effect this had on society.

 Know about the Reformation in England and Wales; reflect on the consequences of it for us today.

 Know what is special about the Catholic Church and reflect on its links with other Christian denominations.


9.1 Spiritual Quest

Key learning objectives:


 Know that each person seeks a meaning to life.

 Think about what gives meaning to our lives.

 Know where and how we can find God.

 Reflect on our own search for God.

 Know about the mystery of the Trinity.

 Reflect on how the Trinity gives meaning to our lives.

 Know about the problem of suffering.

 Reflect on the mystery of suffering.

 Consider what happens in death, judgement, heaven and hell.

 Reflect on how we can prepare now.

 Have some insight into some people’s journey of faith.

 Think about what we can learn from them.


9.2 The Gospels 

Key Learning Objectives:

 Know about the formation of the Gospels.

 Reflect on what you believe about them and why you believe it.

 Consider some of the events in St. Matthew’s Gospel that are not covered in the others.

 Reflect on what they reveal about God.

 Know that St. Mark focuses on Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God.

 Reflect on Jesus’ invitation to follow him.

 Understand the St. Luke focuses on Jesus’ concern for the poor, the outcasts and the powerless.

 Reflect on the message this has for us today.

 Know that St. John uses symbols to show the relationship Jesus has with his Father and believers.

 Think about our relationship with and in Jesus.

 Understand that all the Gospels everyone is invited into the Kingdom of God.

 Reflect on our response to this invitation.


9.3 Life in the Spirit

Key Learning Objectives

 Know how the Holy Spirit transformed the lives of the Apostles.

 Appreciate that the Spirit can help us.

 Deepen our understanding of the gifts of the Spirit.

 Reflect on how these gifts relate to daily life.

 Understand what the Sacrament of Confirmation means.

 Reflect on the commitment it involves.

 Understand the rite of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 Reflect on the impact of this Sacrament on our lives.

 Have some understanding of the meaning of discernment.

 Reflect on its importance.

 Know about people whose lives have been transformed by the Spirit.

 Think about how their experience can help us.


9.4 God’s Call 

Key Learning Objectives

 Know that God calls each person who seeks to do His will.

 Reflect on the different ways God calls.

 Know that some people are called to a specific mission.

 Reflect on the various ways God uses them to help others.

 Understand the vocation to Marriage.

 Think about the reasons why people get married.

 Know about the sacrament of Marriage.

 Reflect on its importance.

 Know about the vocation of a priest.

 Think about what the priest does for us.

 Know about the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

 Think about the blessings and challenges of a priestly vocation.

 Know about the vocation to apostolic and monastic Religious Life.

 Reflect on the blessings and challenges of these vocations.


9.5 Conscience & Morality

Key Learning Objectives

 Understand some different approaches to morality.

 Reflect on your own understanding of it.

 Understand the meaning of Christian morality.

 Consider what it means for us.

 Consider some moral issues we face today.

 Reflect on our response to them.

 Understand what is meant by conscience.

 Be aware of how to form and inform our conscience.

 Know about some people who acted according to their conscience.

 Reflect on what we can learn from them.

 Understand that we are all called to holiness.

 Reflect on what this means.


9.6 Dialogue with Other Faiths (Islam)

Key Learning Objectives:

 Know what the Catholic Church teaches about other faiths.

 Reflect on the importance of this teaching.

 Understand the meaning of dialogue.

 Reflect on the importance of dialogue with people of other faiths.

 Deepen our understanding of Judaism.

 Reflect on its importance for us.

 Deepen our understanding of Islam.

 Reflect on the importance of recognising and respecting our differences.

 Understand the importance of prayer in daily life.

 Reflect on what we can learn from Muslims.

 Know how Faith Communities collaborate to help those in need.

 Consider how we can contribute to the common good of all.

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