Core RE- Science and the Catholic Faith

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KS5 Core RE Unit Plan

Unit Topic:

Science and the Catholic Faith


6 lessons

Learning Outcomes

Students will address:

Lesson 1- Science and the Catholic Faith- Is there a conflict?

Lesson 2- Creatio ex Nihlio- Can the universe be created from nothing?

Lesson 3- Evolution- is the theory of evolution compatible with the Catholic faith?

Lesson 4- Contingent and necessary existence- does the universe need a creator?

Lesson 5- Awe and Wonder- why do we feel awe? What are its effects?

Lesson 6- Assessment- Are science and faith compatible?


  • Recall, select and deploy specified knowledge;
  • identify, investigate and analyse questions and issues arising from the course of study;
  • use appropriate language and terminology in context;
  • interpret and evaluate religious concepts, issues and ideas, the relevance of arguments and the views of scholars;
  • communicate, using reasoned arguments substantiated by evidence;
  • demonstrate a wider range and greater depth of knowledge and understanding, a greater maturity of thought and expression and more developed analytical skills.

Links to curriculum directory and catechism

  • The Church’s teaching about faith (e.g. gift, virtue) and the place of reason in the search for God;

.2.4. Understanding scripture (105-119)

The Bible in relation to science and history (37, 159, 1960)

b There can be no conflict between religious truth and scientific and historical truth (159)

1.3.1. The Creation of the World and our First Parents (54, 279-282)

A Revelation as found in the book of Genesis.

a Understanding literary forms in Scripture (289)

b Genesis 1-11 conveys religious truth rather than science (283-289)

d Scripture’s use of figurative and symbolic language in Genesis 1-11 (362, 375, 390, 396)

B The Trinitarian God is the Creator of all; all creation reflects the glory of God (290-295, 301)

C God created all that is, seen and unseen

a Unseen or invisible world: angels (325-336)

b Seen or visible world.

 Lesson 1- Introduction to the Unit

Learning Objectives

  • What are the Roles of Science and Faith?
  • Is there a conflict between faith and science?


Lesson 2- Ex Nihilo

Lesson 2- ‘Ex Nihilo’

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the concept of ex Nihilo as it applies to Theology and Science.


Lesson 3- Evolution

Learning Objectives

  • Is Evolution compatible with Church teaching?


Lesson 4- Contingent and Necessary Existence

Learning Objectives

  • In Philosophical terms, what do you mean by contingent and necessary?
  • Does the universe need a creator?
  • The Church’s teaching about faith (e.g. gift, virtue) and the place of reason in the search for God.


Lesson 5- Awe and Wonder

Learning Objectives

  • To explore what is awe? Why do we experience awe? What is the impact of experiencing awe?
  • To explore the feelings of awe and wonder in both the context of Catholicism and science.
  • To evaluate awe and wonder from the Catholic and Scientific standpoint.
  • To discuss why we experience wonder and awe.
  • To create an exam style question and mark scheme to provide a balanced argument between Catholic and scientific beliefs about awe and wonder.


Lesson 6- Assessment

Learning Objectives

  • Assess knowledge of the unit