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Religious Education Department

Core Religious Education in St Andrews Secondary school provides pupils with a valuable learning experience.  We offer pupils the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of faith and reflect on its place in society today.  Beyond the learning experience pupils are provided with opportunities to participate in charitable and campaigning activities centred around the sanctity of life, love, justice and peace.

S1-S3 Broad General Education

In S1- S3 pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of significant aspects of Catholic Christian faith including an awareness of other Christian traditions and other world faiths.


·         Introduction to the Bible

·         The Sacrament

·         The Saints of Scotland

·         Palestine at the time of Jesus and Judaism

·         Jesus life

·         Covenants.


·         The development of the Christian Church.

·         Sacraments of Ministry

·         Creation

·         World Religions Research

·         The Person of Jesus


·         Faith that changes the world

·         Islam/Judaism/Christianity (Pupil Choice)

·         Christian life, personal and social issues

·         Sacrament of healing.


Senior Core Religious Education S4-S6

In S4 to S6 pupils are provided an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of how religion and values can shape and contribute to individuals and their community.  They will develop the skills to analyse religious and moral questions and evaluate how they impact their lives and the lives of others.

What skills are developed in Religious Education?

Learners will develop transferable skills such as problem solving and teamwork when collaborating with others. They will use cooperative learning techniques which encourages the development of both academic and social skills.

Pupils will be able to:

· Work cooperatively with others

· Develop social skills

· Improve literacy and numeracy skills

· Develop ICT skills

· Develop skills of problem solving


What are the main features of effective learning and teaching in Religious Education?

·         Personalisation and choice

·         Encouraging creativity and imagination in pupils and developing their problem solving skills.

·         A combination of independent, self-paced learning and co-operative learning.


What are the broad features of assessment in Religious Education?

·         Formative assessment (oral and written feedback) by teacher.

·         Summative approaches (written).

·         Peer and self-assessment.


Connections with other areas of the curriculum

·         Knowledge and understanding of historical events and current affairs links closely with Social Subject.

·         The development of literacy skills links with the English department.

·         Creative tasks have links to art and design.

·         Activities to support development of skills in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing are embedded in activities throughout the course