Religious Education

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is, therefore, an important subject, developing moral awareness and social understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these.

Year 8 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 topics covered include facts and traditions from the main world religions as well as profiles of important individuals and analysis of scriptures from the major faiths. The Religious Education units are aimed to encourage reflection and questioning, as well as allowing students to discuss their own opinions on the topic being covered. Students are also encouraged to evaluate the impact of religion and assess the relevance it has to religious believers in their local communities and worldwide. Year 8 study is designed to provide a balanced and coherent curriculum whilst providing students with the best possible foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills to take forward to GCSE.

Alongside, RE, Year 8 students will also be taught an element of Citizenship within their programme of study. This will enable students to develop their understanding of the wider community and prepare them for next steps as young adults. The skills acquired through the study of Citizenship are reflective of both the ethos of the Collegiate and the Riddlesdown VALUES.

Areas of Study

Autumn
Christianity
Britishness

Spring
Islam
First Give Programme

Summer
Philosophy & Ethics
The Holocaust

Key Skills

Following the Collegiate “Flightpath” assessment model, in RE, students focus on skills that underpin the requirements at KS4. These are outlined below. The flightpath sheet stuck in the back of your child’s exercise book gives a more specific account of the skills they should be mastering in order to meet or exceed their Flightpath grade at GCSE.

Assessment Objective Blooms Taxonomy
A01 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief including: Remembering
Comprehending
Beliefs, practices and sources of authority. Influence on individuals, communities and societies. Applying
Analysing
Similarities and differences within and/or between religions and belief Analysing
Synthesising
A02 Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence. Analysing
Synthesising
Evaluating

Year 9 & 10 Curriculum

All students in Year 9 will begin study for their RE GCSE exam, which they will sit at the end of Year 10. GCSE Religious Education gives students the opportunity to study two world religions in detail. Throughout the course students will examine the key features of Christianity and Islam and will be able to compare their similarities and differences and the role they have in the world today. Students will study the values and traditions that form the basis of these religions and will also learn how they approach the moral issues which are evident in modern societies. In addition to these religious beliefs, the course enables students to consider non-religious and humanist views.

Areas of Study

Students study issues related to the topics below from a general and non-religious perspective as well as those from Christian and Muslim perspectives. Students will be required to define and use key terminology, assess the impact religious beliefs have on Christians and Muslims when making key decisions, explain traditions and beliefs relating to Christianity and Islam, and evaluate their own opinions on the topics being discussed whilst considering the views of people from these two religions.

Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World

Written Examination: 2 hours
50% of qualification
Students will study the following four themes. All questions are compulsory.
Theme 1: Issues of Relationships
Theme 2: Issues of Life and Death
Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil
Theme 4: Issues of Human Rights

Component 2: Study of Christianity

Written Examination: 1 hour
25% of qualification
Students will study beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity.

Component 3: Study of a World Faith

Written Examination: 1 hour
25% of qualification
Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of one world faith – Islam.

Key Skills

Following the Collegiate “Flightpath” assessment model, in RE, students focus on skills that underpin the requirements of the GCSE specification. These are outlined below. The flightpath sheet stuck in the back of your child’s exercise book gives a more specific account of the skills they should be mastering in order to meet or exceed their Flightpath grade at GCSE.

Assessment Objective Blooms Taxonomy
A01 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief including: Remembering
Comprehending
Beliefs, practices and sources of authority. Influence on individuals, communities and societies. Applying
Analysing
Similarities and differences within and/or between religions and belief Analysing
Synthesising
A02 Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence. Analysing
Synthesising
Evaluating

Resources

Key Resources – KS3

Explore RE by Steve Clarke, Jan Hayes and Lesley Parry. Hodder Education ISBN:978-1-5104-5857-4

Independent Study and Wider Reading

www.reonline.org.uk
www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/religious-education
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/re.shtml
www.biblegateway.com
www.islam-guide.com
www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/
www.request.org.uk
www.cmf.org.uk

How you can support your child with KS3 RE

  • Encourage wider reading around the subject
  • Learn key terms with them
  • Support with revision: mini tests; flash cards; quote banks; visible posters around the home/bedroom.
  • Help them to stick to timings and deadlines when completing and handing in Independent Study.
  • Direct them to use the Closing the Gap resources on Pupilshare and Google Classroom

Key Resources – KS4

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Route A by Joy White, Chris Owens, Ed Pawson, Amanda Ridley. ISBN: 9781471866340.

My Revision Notes WJEC EDUQAS Religious Studies Route A by Joy White, Gavin Craigen. ISBN: 9781510414624.

Revision resources can be found on Pupilshare and Google Classroom.

Independent Study and Wider Reading

www.reonline.org.uk
www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/religious-education
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/re.shtml
www.biblegateway.com
www.islam-guide.com
www.request.org.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

Exam Support

www.eduqas.co.uk
www.hoddereducation.co.uk/parent-hub

How you can support your child with GCSE RE

  • Encourage wider reading around the subject
  • Support with revision: mini tests; flash cards; quote banks; visible posters around the home/bedroom.
  • Purchase copies of the exam text book and revision book.
  • Help them to stick to timings and deadlines when completing and handing in Independent Study.
  • Direct them to use the Closing the Gap resources on Pupilshare and Google Classroom