Religious Education

Acting Head of Faculty: Ms A Boys
Subject Leader: Mr P Haviland
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

RE Rationale

As a Teacher of RE, I count myself very lucky to be in the privileged position of introducing students to the biggest questions there are. Who are we? How should we live? What is the truth at the heart of things? We need our young people to go out into the world with the thinking skills, compassion and integrity to improve it. In RE, we provide a forum in which students can explore what they believe, understand others and, ultimately, think carefully about what is most important. Our schemes of work are designed with this rationale in mind.

Note: For content being covered this year by years 10 and 11, see the This Year section at the bottom of the page.

KS3 outline

KS3 is an opportunity to generate an interest in the big questions at the heart of RE and to prepare students for the demands of the GCSE and to become religiously literate individuals beyond their studies. We focus, therefore, during years 7 and 8 on introducing some key content through modules focusing on Christianity and Islam, as well as practising philosophical and language based skills through every module. By the end of year 8, we aim for our students to have a good grounding in world religions, know how to build a coherent argument and, perhaps most importantly, to enjoy the challenges of the subject.

Year 7

Year 7 study RE through a Humanities carousel system alongside History and Geography. As a result, they cover four RE modules over the course of the year, each comprising of between 10-12 lessons and concluding with an assessment.

Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4
Belonging:

– A unit which supports transition from primary school.

– Students explore what it means to be a part of a community.

– Students also consider the risks of following the crowd.

Jesus in Art:

– This unit introduces key concepts in understanding the Biblical person of Jesus.

– Analyse and work with symbols.

– Create a piece of work to express your own views.

Critical Realism:

– A philosophical unit developed by King’s College London.

– Explores questions about what is real and how we find truth.

– Explores 3 different worldviews and reflects on their importance.

Hinduism:

– This unit is an introduction to Eastern religion and supports the subsequent modules on Buddhism and Sikhism in year 8.

– Focuses on beliefs about God, worship and transcendence.

 

Year 8

From year 8 onwards, students take RE as a stand-alone subject through to GCSE.

Terms 1-2 Terms 3-4 Terms 5-6
Islam:

– Beliefs about God

– Muhammad

– The Qur’an

– The Five Pillars

– Muslim contributions to our world

Buddhism:

– What is growing up?

– Why do we suffer?

– Why do things have to change?

– How can I be happy?

Gender Roles:

– Changing gender roles in society

– Egalitarianism

– Complementarianism

– Influential women in Church history

– Is God female?

Christian Environmental Ethics:

– The Design Argument

– Interpretations of Creation (literal and non-literal)

– Stewardship and Dominion

– Environmental Issues

– Students have an opportunity to consider how we can be good stewards and put this into action.

Judaism:

– Beliefs about G-d

– The Divine Presence

– The Mosaic Covenant

– The Law

– Jewish identity

– Judgement and the afterlife

Sikhism:

– The context: India in the 15th Century

– The Gurus

– Beliefs about God

– The Guru Granth Sahib

– The Gurdwara

– The Khalsa

 

GCSE outline

We begin the GCSE course in year 9 in order to ensure sufficient time at the end of year 11 to practise exam skills and revise each module once through. This is a demanding GCSE – more so since the curriculum changes which came into effect in 2018. We aim to stretch all of our students by teaching content which goes beyond the GCSE for the most gifted students, touching on some A level content which is relevant to the GCSE exam specifications.

We run interventions fortnightly on Monday 3-4pm and from December onwards run a monthly Level 9 club session to further A Level content.

We enter our students for the AQA Religious Studies Specification A GCSE. Here is a link to their website for more details:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

Year 9

Terms 1-2 Terms 3-4 Terms 5-6
Christian Beliefs and Teachings Muslim Beliefs and Teachings Theme A: Relationships

 

Year 10

Terms 1-2 Terms 3-4 Terms 5-6
Theme B: Religion and Life Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict Theme E: Crime and Punishment

 

Year 11

Terms 1-2 Terms 3-4 Terms 5-6
Christian Practices Revision Period GCSEs
Muslim Practices

 

This Year

Due to changes in staffing, our current years 10 and 11 have studied the modules in a different order to that stated above. As a result, these two groups will be studying as below this year. Next year, our current year 10s will look at Muslim Practices before having a comprehensive period of reviewing all previous modules to ensure they are covered once more in depth.

Year 10

Terms 1-2 Terms 3-4 Terms 5-6
Theme B: Religion and Life Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict Muslim Beliefs and Teachings

 

Year 11

Terms 1-2 Terms 3-4 Terms 5-6
Theme B: Religion and Life Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict Revision and Exam Skills.