Religious Education

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What Will I Learn?

In Year 7 we learn a mixture of topics. Our first topic is an introduction to the skills and basic information needed in RE. As students all have different experiences of RE from primary school, this first unit is all about what we know, what we need to know and how we find out about it.

Our second topic is on leadership – we look at leaders in society and the leaders and founders from the six major world faiths. There is a test at the end of this topic.

Our third topic is on rules, the rules we follow in society and the rules people from different religions follow. There is a test at the end of this topic.

Our fourth topic is about the place and purpose of religion in society, in this topic we question why people believe what they do and why people choose not to believe. There is a test at the end of this topic.

Our final topic of the year is a philosophy based unit where we ask, and try to answer, the big questions about life.


How Will I Be Assessed?

At the beginning of the year we do a baseline assessment and see what basic knowledge and skills students have.

There are then three exams taken throughout the year with a mix of questions of varying marks and lengths. Students are given a grade similar to that of the GCSE levels using a similar mark scheme and using similar grade boundaries. This is to help prepare them for the expectations at ks4.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Within RE we encourage independence. Students are given set homework projects over the academic year made up of four or five individual research based tasks.

This is to encourage independent thinking and research outside of the school environment. Help sheets and support for these homework tasks are available from the RE department for students if they ask for them.

Each lesson is made up of varying activities, individual work, group work and research tasks. Students are encouraged to use the extensive collection of literature and the 17 ipads currently stored in the department.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

End of topic tests are based around the new examination system that we have at Ks4. Practicing the way in which to answer these questions from year 7 will give students the skills to be able to cope with the new GCSE specifications.

Within lessons we also practice answering questions to help build on these skills.

The topics we study help feed into the knowledge needed at ks4 and the following academic year.

What Will I Learn?

In Year 8 we study 5 topics.

The first topic studied is entitled ‘Government and monarchy.’ In this topic we address issues around the links between the government, the monarchy and religion and the rule of law. We look at secularism and religious belief within the political system. There is a piece of homework set for this topic and an end of unit test.

Our second topic is on the Middle East looking at some of the religious links the three Abrahamic faiths have with this area as well as the political issues arising there.

Our third topic is entitled ‘What are we working toward?’ It is about religious beliefs in life after death and the meaning of life. There is a homework project linked to this topic and an end of topic test.

Our fourth topic is about religion and the media – is this topic we discover the way in which religion is portrayed in the media and its influence on people’s attitudes. There is a homework project linked to this topic and an end of topic test.

Our final topic for this year is about love and faith – how people express love for each other and the teachings in religion based around love and compassion.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Students sit three exams taken throughout the year with a mix of questions of varying marks and lengths. Students are given a grade similar to that of the GCSE levels using a similar mark scheme and using similar grade boundaries. This is to help prepare them for the expectations at ks4.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Within RE we encourage independence. Students are given set homework projects over the academic year made up of four or five individual research based tasks.

This is to encourage independent thinking and research outside of the school environment. Help sheets and support for these homework tasks are available from the RE department for students if they ask for them.

Each lesson is made up of varying activities, individual work, group work and research tasks. Students are encouraged to use the extensive collection of literature and the 17 ipads currently stored in the department.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

End of topic tests are based around the new examination system that we have at Ks4. Practicing the way in which to answer these questions from year 7 will give students the skills to be able to cope with the new GCSE specifications.

Within lessons we also practice answering questions to help build on these skills.

The topics we study help feed into the knowledge needed at ks4 and the following academic year.

What Will I Learn?

In Year 9 we begin our preparation for key stage 4 and we cover five topics.

Our first topic is entitled ‘War and morality.’ Where we address issues surrounding religion, faith and teachings on war. There is a homework project linked to this topic and an end of topic test.

Our second topic studied in year 9 is called ‘Religion and Crime.’ Where we address issues surrounding religion, faith and teachings on crime. There is a homework project linked to this topic.

Our third topic studied in year 9 is called ‘Religion and Prejudice.’ Where we address issues surrounding religion, faith and teachings on prejudice and discrimination. There is a homework project linked to this topic and an end of topic test.

Our fourth topic studied is on religious beliefs and attitudes toward creation and life on Earth. There is a homework project linked to this topic and an end of topic test.

Our final topic studied in year 9 is about the value of human life in religion – teachings on the sanctity of life and the environment.

All of the topics studied in year 9 link to the Ks4 curriculum.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Students sit three exams taken throughout the year with a mix of questions of varying marks and lengths. Students are given a grade similar to that of the GCSE levels using a similar mark scheme and using similar grade boundaries. This is to help prepare them for the expectations at ks4.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Within RE we encourage independence. Students are given set homework projects over the academic year made up of four or five individual research based tasks.

This is to encourage independent thinking and research outside of the school environment. Help sheets and support for these homework tasks are available from the RE department for students if they ask for them.

Each lesson is made up of varying activities, individual work, group work and research tasks. Students are encouraged to use the extensive collection of literature and the 17 ipads currently stored in the department.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

End of topic tests are based around the new examination system that we have at Ks4. Practicing the way in which to answer these questions from year 7 will give students the skills to be able to cope with the new GCSE specifications.

Within lessons we also practice answering questions to help build on these skills.

The topics we study help feed into the knowledge needed at ks4 and the following academic year.

What Will I Learn?

We teach AQA Religious Studies specification A.

This course is linear meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

In year 10 we will study Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

We study beliefs, teachings and practices of two religions, we currently teach Buddhism and Christianity.


How Will I Be Assessed?

This course is linear meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

At the end of each topic covered students sit a practice exam and we also set practice exams as homework tasks.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Within RE we encourage independence. Students are given set homework throughout the year to help with progress and understanding.

Each lesson is made up of varying activities, individual work, group work and research tasks. Students are encouraged to use the extensive collection of literature and the 17 ipads currently stored in the department.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

The teaching, homework and resources and extensive exam practice is designed to support and develop student skill through the year. This is to help students progress well into the final exam period in year 11.

What Will I Learn?

We teach AQA Religious Studies specification A.

This course is linear meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

In year 11 we study Component 2: Thematic studies

In this unit we study four Religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes are covered in this component. We will be teaching the following religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes:

  • Theme B: Religion and life.
  • Theme C: The existence of God and revelation.
  • Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict.
  • Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment.

How Will I Be Assessed?

This course is linear meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

At the end of each topic covered students sit a practice exam and we also set practice exams as homework tasks.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Within RE we encourage independence. Students are given set homework throughout the year to help with progress and understanding.

Each lesson is made up of varying activities, individual work, group work and research tasks. Students are encouraged to use the extensive collection of literature and the 17 ipads currently stored in the department.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

The results obtained by students and the critical thinking skills acquired throughout the two year HGCSE course will help support students as they enter Ks5 courses.