Religious Education

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Religious Studies

Within the academy we strive to create a learning environment, curriculum, experiences and relationships in which all individuals can find expression, be nourished and developed.

The academy commits itself to creating an environment for everyone that is characterised by our core values of Truth, Justice, Forgiveness, Generosity and Respect.

 

Religious Studies KS3

Key Stage 3 Religious Education is taught in line with the North Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education..  During our studies we aim to reflect upon the beliefs and practices, identity and values, meaning and purpose of  the six major world religions – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism – as well as considering a non religious point of view. Students will be given plenty of opportunity to explore the topics and express their opinions on the subjects discussed. We will use discussion, art, religious texts, artefacts, the internet, drama, video, music, poetry, stilling exercises, reflection and written work in our studies. Students will work independently, in pairs and groups.

We begin our studies in Year 7 by  exploring some of the key terms and ideas used when studying religion followed by an in-depth study of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and considering why this is important for Christians. We then look at how this impacts on some of the key beliefs in Christianity.  In the last half term we will explore a short unit of work on Philosophy for Children.

Lessons include: discussion, debate, use of ICT, DVD’s, music, art, drama, comprehension activities, creative writing, stilling exercises, reflection, and critical analysis. Students will sit an annual examination and two formal assessments

THE TOPICS COVERED IN YEAR 7 INCLUDE:

  • Introduction to Religious Education
  • The life of Jesus
  • Key Christian Beliefs.
  • Visit from Gideon’s Bibles
  • Philosophy for Children

Through these topics we will explore why we study Religious Education, why people believe in God and how religion has developed. We will reflect on the key events in the last week of Jesus life and evaluate what they mean for Christians today. Finally we will look at the basics of Philosophy for Children which  includes the start of a process that encourages students to question assumptions, develop opinions with supporting reasons, analyse significant concepts and apply the best reasoning and judgements. We aim to develop student’s skills and concepts through appropriate follow-up activities, thinking games and the orchestration of connections between philosophical discussions, life and the rest of the school curriculum.

PARENTS CAN HELP BY:

  • Encouraging students to discuss their thoughts and beliefs on the issues studied in RE
  • Encouraging them to compare their thoughts and beliefs with different religious opinions.
  • Look out for television programs or news items that discuss religious and moral issues.
  • Use the internet – websites such as www.bbc.co.uk/religion can be of interest and help.
  • Encouraging students to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around us.
  • Visit places of religious interest.
  • Encouraging them to ask questions and find out the answers for themselves.

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We begin Year 8 by considering what is a visionary or a prophet.  We look at modern visionaries such as Malala and Martin Luther King as well as those people who have had a big impact on the world’s religions such as the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), Guru Nanak and the Buddha. This is followed by a unit of work on Sikhism in the local community.  After Easter we look at Festivals of Freedom and espcially the story of Moses and how this relates on the Jewish festival of Passover and subesquesntly the Christian celebration of Easter.  A research project on people who fought for freedom gives the student the opportunity to undertake some independent study and the year conlcudes with a piece of work for the NATRE Spirited Arts competition.

Lessons include: discussion, debate, use of ICT, DVD’s, music, art, drama, comprehension activities, creative writing, stilling exercises, reflection, and critical analysis. Students will sit an annual examination and two formal assessments.

THE TOPICS COVERED IN YEAR 8 INCLUDE:

  • Prophets and Visionaries
  • Sikhism in the Community
  • Festivals of Freedom
  • Faith and Freedom
  • Spritied Arts Competition

Students have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in groups using independent learning, inquiry and research skills to discover more about these topics. Throughout these topics will look at the impact of religious belief on people’s lives and students will have the opportunity to meet with people from local faith communities. Students will sit an annual examination and two formal assessments

PARENTS CAN HELP BY:

  • Encouraging students to discuss their thoughts and beliefs on the issues studied in RE
  • Encouraging them to compare their thoughts and beliefs with different religious opinions.
  • Look out for television programs or news items that discuss religious and moral issues.
  • Use the internet – websites such as www.bbc.co.uk/religion can be of interest and help.
  • Encouraging students to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around us.
  • Visit places of religious interests
  • Encouraging them to ask questions and find out the answers for themselves

Religious Studies KS4

STUDENTS WILL STUDY:

AQA GCSE Religious Studies

Curriculum Progress Leader: Mrs Miles

GCSE 9-1 2 exams

Links to further information:

Religious Studies and GCSE Religious Studies

Component 1: The study of the influences of beliefs, teachings and practices for both Christianity and Islam on individuals, communities and societies (50%)

1 hour 45 minute written exam

During their studies for this module students will study the religions of Christianity and Islam in depth.  They will consider what Christians and Muslims believe and how these beleifs affect their lives.  They will go on to condier what Christian and Muslims do to practice their religion.

A variety of resources will be used to help support their studies including, text books, videos, artefacts, drama, art, religious texts, IT, discussions with people of faith and visits to places of worship.  In year 9 students will take part in the Lincoln Diocese Secondary Schools Festival which includes a tour of the beautiful Lincoln Cathedral, participation in workshops and also an act of Collective Worship with other Church of England secondary schools in the diocese.

Component 2: The study of a total of 4 themes from the following:

  1. a) relationships and families
  2. b) Religion and Life
  3. c) the existence of God and revelation
  4. d) Religion, peace and conflict
  5. e) Religion, crime and punishment and theme
  6. f)  Religion, human rights and social justice

(50%)

1 hour 45 minute written exam

The four themes studied for component 2 of the examination are relationships and families, religion and life, religion peace and conflict, religion crime and punishment.

During their studies for this module students will consider what Christians and Muslims believe about topics such as war and peace, capital punishment, relationships, marriage, abortion and euthanasia.  Students will have the opportunity to explore the secular viewpoint and be able to express their own informed opinions about these issues.  Debate and discussion forms an important basis for our studies in this component as well as the use of text books, videos, artefacts, drama, art, music, IT, religious texts and discussions with people of faith.

Students regularly practice GCSE qustions and are fomally assessed at the end of each unit of study and through mock GCSE examinatin in each year.

PARENTS CAN HELP BY:

  • Encouraging students to discuss their thoughts and beliefs on the issues studied in RE
  • Encouraging them to compare their thoughts and beliefs with different religious and non religious opinions.
  • Look out for television programs or news items that discuss religious and moral issues.
  • Use the internet – websites such as www.bbc.co.uk/religion can be of interest and help.
  • Encouraging students to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around us.
  • Visit places of religious interest.
  • Encouraging them to ask questions and find out the answers for themselves.
  • Encouraging them to practice completing GCSE questions.
  • Encouraging them to attend afterschool revision sessions.

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