Religious Education


Overview

Our RE curriculum covers a range of the major world religions and contemporary ethical and philosophical themes, ensuring students have a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study.


Key Staff

Mrs Hussain
Head of Religious Education

Ms Bailey-Green
Teacher of RE

Mrs Rahnie
Teacher of RE

Mr Ruwaid
Year 9 Learning Manager

Mrs Zia
Teacher of RE


Facilities

Religious Education is taught in two specialist rooms fitted with interactive smartboard technology. The Social learning Zone and Learning Steps areas allow for group work and debate/discussion activities. These areas also support large group revision sessions/lectures, homework club, and departmental intervention.

The department draws on numerous resources to deliver the subject, computer software, video clips, religious artefacts, posters, power points, interactive resources and text books.

Students are provided with revision material to support revision for assessments and exams.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students will study a range of topics linked to the main world religions, as well as considering an atheist viewpoint.

The KS3 curriculum prepares students for further study at GCSE. Key skills such as to describe, explain, analyse, reflect and evaluate are embedded in the KS3 teaching and learning.

Topics studied include:

  • Year 7
    • Places and Forms of Worship
    • Key Beliefs
    • People of Faith (life and work of Mother Teresa/Martin Luther King /Gandhi)
  • Year 8
    • Signs and Symbols
    • Festivals
    • Religion and Science
    • Revelation and Miracles

Homework is set weekly it either extends and consolidates learning from the lesson, or is a 'Flipped Learning' exercise, which requires students to carry out research in preparation for the next lesson. Students are assessed using GCSE style assessments once per term.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students study the KS4 AQA GCSE Religious Studies curriculum over a 3 year linear course – Years 9-11

Students study two main religions – Islam and Christianity

Topics include:

  • Islam
    • Key Beliefs
    • Authority
    • Worship
    • Duties
    • Festivals
  • Christianity
    • Key Beliefs
    • Jesus Christ and Salvation
    • Worship and Festivals
    • The Role of the Church in the Local and Worldwide Community

Students should be able to refer to scripture and other writings where appropriate. Students will consider the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies.

Student will study common and divergent views within the two religions. Students will need to refer to a range of different Muslim perspectives in their answers, including those from Sunni and Shi’a Islam and for Christianity, including those from Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.


Students will also study:

  • Thematic Studies

Students will consider religious, philosophical and ethical arguments related to the issues raised, and their impact and influence on the modern world.

Students will draw upon Christianity, Islam as well as other non-religious beliefs such as atheism and humanism.

Themes include: (4 of the themes listed beleow will be studied)

  • Theme A: Relationships and Families
  • Theme B: Religion and Life
  • Theme C: The Existence of God and Revelation
  • Theme D: Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment
  • Theme F: Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

Key Stage 5

The AQA A Level Religious Studies is a 2 year course made of the study of religion (Islam) and philosophy and ethics

Content studied includes:

Component 1 : Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  • Section A: Philosophy of Religion
    • Arguments for the Existence of God
    • Evil and Suffering
    • Religious Experience
    • Religious Language
    • Miracles
    • Self
    • Life After Death
  • Section B: Ethics and Religion
    • Ethical Theories
    • Issues of Human Life and Death
    • Issues of Animal Life and Death
    • Introduction to Meta Ethics
    • Free will and Moral Responsibility
    • Conscience
    • Bentham and Kant

Component 2: Study of Religion and Dialogues

Students are required to study the aspects of the religious beliefs, teachings, values and practices of Islam

  • Section A: Study of Religion
    • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
    • God / Gods / Ultimate Reality
    • Self
    • Death and the Afterlife
    • Good Conduct and Key Moral Principles
    • Expression of Religious Identity
    • Religion, Gender and Sexuality
    • Religion and Science
    • Religion and Secularisation
    • Religion and Religious Pluralism
  • Section B: The Dialogue Between Philosophy of Religion and Religion.
    • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.
  • Section C: The Dialogue Between Ethical Studies and Religion.
    • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Mrs Hussain

Mrs Hussain

Head of Religious Education

Religious Education
Religious Education
Religious Education