Religious Education

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During our studies, we will reflect upon the beliefs and practices 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, the internet, drama, television and video, music, poetry, stilling and reflection and written work in our studies.

 

All Year 7 students study one lesson of Religious Education each week. In year 7 we explore the Christian faith and touch upon two smaller units that cover Philosophy for learning and the 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

Topics Covered Include:

  • Introduction to Religious Education
  • The life of Jesus
  • Philosophy for learning
  • Spirited Arts competition

Through these topics we will explore why we study Religious Education and how religion has developed; the key events in the last week of Jesus life and what they mean for Christians today; and the basics of Philosophy for learning that 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 will do this through the study of a number of key themes: meaning, purpose and truth; values and commitments; beliefs teachings and sources; expressing meaning, identity, diversity and belonging; practices and ways of life. 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:

  • Encourage students to discuss their thoughts and beliefs on the issues studied in RE
  • Encourage 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.
  • Encourage students to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around us.
  • Visit places of religious interest.
  • Encourage them to ask questions and find out the answers for themselves.

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Year 8 students study one lesson of Religious Education each week. In Year 8 we focus on the two major units one is the World Religions project and the other is being a Christian in the 21st Century.

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.

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • World Religions project.
  • Being a Christian in the 21st

Students have the opportunity to work in groups and use inquiry and research skills to discover more about one of four major world religions using a range of resources. Furthermore students will explore what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century, considering belief and practices of Christianity as well uncovering the how and why questions surrounding the life of Christians in modern society. Throughout both 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.

We will do this through the study of a number of key themes: meaning, purpose and truth; values and commitments; beliefs teachings and sources; expressing meaning, identity, diversity and belonging; practices and ways of life.

PARENTS CAN HELP BY:

  • Encourage students to discuss their thoughts and beliefs on the issues studied in RE
  • Encourage 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.
  • Encourage students to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around us.
  • Visit places of religious interests
  • Encourage them to ask questions and find out the answers for themselves

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All Year 9 students are taught two lessons of Religious Education a week. In the autumn term we will look at the religion of Islam then after Christmas students will start to study for the GCSE examination ‘Religion and Life’ paper. We will focus on the religions of Christianity and Islam. Students will continue with their studies in Years 10 and 11. Students will sit an annual examination and a formal assessment at the end of each unit of work.

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • Islam
  • Animal Rights
  • Planet Earth
  • Prejudice

We will study the history of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in the modern world. We will then start our studies for the AQA Religion and Life paper by studying 3 out of 6 modules – Animal Rights, Planet Earth and Prejudice. We will consider what the issues are, what our opinions of the issues are and what Christians and Muslims have to say about these topics.

PARENTS CAN HELP BY:

  • Encourage students to discuss their thoughts and beliefs on the issues studied in RE
  • Encourage 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.
  • Encourage students to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around us.
  • Visit places of religious interest.
  • Encourage them to ask questions and find out the answers for themselves.

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All Year 10 &11 students are taught two lessons of Religious Education a week. They will be studying for the AQA GCSE examination. They will complete their studies for the ‘Religion and Life’ paper, started in Year 9, and then study for the ‘Religion and Citizenship’ paper. During the course of study they will refer to two religions: Christianity and Islam.

Lessons include: discussion, debate, use of ICT, DVD’s, music, art, drama, comprehension activities, creative writing, stilling exercises, reflection, critical analysis, practice of GCSE examination questions and revision exercises. Students will sit a formal end of unit assessments, a mock examination and the GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

Students will study the remaining 3 topics in the ‘Religion and Life’ paper:

  • Religion and early life.
  • War and Peace
  • Religion and Young People.
  • They will then study for the ‘Religion and Citizenship’ topic considering:
  • Relationships
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Work
  • Multicultural Society
  • Identity
  • Human Rights

During the examination they will be expected to answer questions on four out of the six topics in each paper.

PARENTS CAN HELP BY:

  • Encourage students to discuss their thoughts and beliefs on the issues studied in RE
  • Encourage 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.
  • Encourage students to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around us.
  • Visit places of religious interest.
  • Encourage them to ask questions and find out the answers for themselves.
  • Encourage them to practice completing GCSE questions.