R.E. helps students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning. The students express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.
Key Stage 3
We run a two year enquiry based Key Stage 3 course which allows students to explore the six major world religions whilst undertaking half-termly independent research and creative homework projects.
Year 7 programme of study:
Autumn term - Islam
Key Question: ‘The Shahadah is the most important Pillar’ Do you agree?
Independent Learning RE Homework Project: Places of Worship
Creative RE Homework Project: The 99 names of Allah
Spring term - Christianity
Key Question: ‘Jesus did not resurrect’ Do you agree?
Independent Learning RE Homework Project: Faith in Action
Creative RE Homework Project: The Miracles of Jesus
Summer term - Sikhism
Key Question: ‘Guru Nanak is the most important Guru’ Do you agree?
Independent Learning RE Homework Project: Religious Leaders
Creative RE Homework Project: The Teachings of Guru Nanak
Year 8 programme of study:
Autumn term - Hinduism
Key Question: ‘God can only have one form’ Do you agree?
Independent Learning RE Homework Project: God is…
Creative RE Homework Project: God & Worship
Spring term - Judaism
Key Question: ‘The Pharaoh was right to refuse to free the Hebrew slaves’ Do you agree?
Independent Learning RE Homework Project: The Holocaust
Creative RE Homework Project: The 10 Plagues
Summer term - Buddhism
Key Question: ‘If everyone was a Buddhist there would be no suffering’ Do you agree?
Independent Learning RE Homework Project: Festivals
Creative RE Homework Project: The Cycle of Samsara
Key Stage 4
RE is compulsory for all KS4 students and taught by dedicated subject specialists. We pride ourselves on our engaging and contemporary schemes of learning which incorporate breaking news, documentary, and popular film culture to ensure that students can see the relevance of the subject in 21st Century Britain. Students are encouraged to debate their own beliefs and opinions whilst showing respect and tolerance for those of others both within the class and the wider community.
Year 9 programme of study:
Students begin the extended KS4 curriculum by following the AQA Entry Level Certificate syllabus Units A7 and B4 and can achieve an externally assessed qualification on the completion of an internally assessed evidence portfolio.
- The Characteristics of God
- Science and Religion
- The Existence of God
- The Afterlife
- The Problem of Evil and Suffering
- Introduction to morality and life issues
Further information can be sourced from the AQA ELC website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/elc
Students continue to develop their skills throughout years 10&11 by progressing onto the AQA Religious Studies GCSE Specification B syllabus Units 2&3. The qualification is awarded on the completion of two externally assessed examinations at the end of year 11 each worth 50% of the final grade.
Year 10 programme of study:
- Religion & Early Life
- Religious attitudes to Matter of Life (Medical Ethics)
- Religious Attitudes to Death and the Elderly
- Religious Attitudes to World Poverty
- Religious Attitudes to Rich & Poor in British Society
- Religion & Prejudice
Year 11 programme of study:
- Religion, War & Peace
- Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse
- Religious Attitudes to Crime & Punishment
- Religion & Planet Earth/ Religion & Animal Rights
- Revision & Exam Technique
Further information can be sourced from the AQA GCSE website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-b-4055