Department Vision:

The school exists to meet the needs of its pupils in the light of the church’s faith in Jesus Christ. It aims to provide an experience of a living, worshipping and caring community. Religious Education gives direction to the pupils’ academic studies as they journey towards maturity, a deeper spiritual life and a more serious commitment to their own faith.

 

Curriculum Information

Key Stage 3

Year 7 :

Much content will be introductory.  The intention here is to provide opportunity for base content so that members of staff can build on this in future academic years. Differentiation is necessary and teachers will do this as and when required.  Other than learning, it is the intention that students will begin to understand the importance of independence and responsibility in their education. Students should be able to describe and explain religious teachings and explain their own views. The higher attaining students will be able to express themselves in good detail.

Term 1 Topics & Content: Belonging, What is truth, Who is God?  Who is Jesus?

Term 2 Topics & Content: What is the Kingdom of God? What are the Jewish signs of identity?

Term 3 Topics & Content: What are the challenges of living the Kingdom?  What are the Catholic signs of identity?

 

Year 8

Content in Year 8 will provide students with increased depth to their learning. Some content will be built up on from previous teaching which will offer different insights and possibilities to demonstrate to students that there are diverse ways of thinking. There is also new content introduced.  A key difference in student response in work will be that they should be able to describe and explain religious teachings, explain their own views and recognise the views of others. Differentiation will be necessary and teachers will do this as and when required. Other than learning, it is the intention that students will begin to understand the importance of independence and responsibility in their learning. The higher attaining students will begin to (respectfully) question content and culture in modern terms.

Term 1 Topics & Content: A study of Hinduism : worship, rites and deities.

Term 2 Topics & Content: The People of God, In search of wholeness, Saviour of the world, People of spirit and truth.

Term 3 Topics & Content: A place for everyone, A sacred place, A place of hopes and dreams, A place for saints.

 

Year 9

There will also be opportunity for students to explore new content, some of which will encourage students to question the world. Students should now be guiding their extended answers in to a GCSE style format showing greater understanding and depth to the content. They should be able to describe religious themes, showing deeper understanding. They should be able to fully express their own thoughts and recognise the views of others directly related to the topic. The higher attaining students will be able to balance the religious teaching with their own views and where appropriate, others will also be able to correlate the teaching with more modern issues. The latter, linking more so into higher thinking GCSE skills.

Term 1 Topics & Content: A study of Islam : Origins, worship and pilgrimage.

Term 2 Topics & Content: Word made flesh, Love, Sacrifice, Resurrection.

Term 3 Topics & Content: The common good, Living powerful lives, Living commitment, Living the Gospel.

 

Key Stage 4 – AQA Religious Studies B, Catholic Christianity with Judaism.  The  GCSE course is studied over two years.

Component 1 : Catholic Christianity

Pupils will be assessed on Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

  • creation
  • incarnation
  • the Triune God
  • redemption
  • church

Component 2 : Perspectives on faith

Pupils will examine, and be assessed on, beliefs, teachings and practices in Judaism, together with the two religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes of religion, peace and conflict and religion, human rights and social justice.

 

Key Stage 5OCR Religious Studies H173, H573

Year 12

Philosophy of Religion : ancient philosophical influences, the nature of the soul, mind and body, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and impact of religious experience and the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil.

Religion and Ethics : normative ethical theories, the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance.

Development in Religious Thoughts : Christianity.

Year 13

Philosophy of Religion : ancient philosophical influences, the nature of the soul, mind and body, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and impact of religious experience, the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil, ideas about the nature of God, issues in religious language.

Religion and Ethics : normative ethical theories, the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance, ethical language and thought, debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience, sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Development in Religious Thoughts : Christianity

Department Staff:

  • Mrs S. Barker - Head of Department
  • Mrs K. Fay
  • Mr G. Flowers
  • Ms A. Staunton
  • Bro. James - Chaplaincy
  • Bro. Peter
  • Miss L. Rippon
  • Mr L. Wignall

Department Courses:

Key Stage 3:

Schemes of work in line with the National Curriculum

Key Stage 4:

GCSE RE (AQA)

Key Stage 5:

AS/A Level Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) (OCR)

Out of Hours Activities:

NightOwl:

As per NightOwl Timetable

Revision Sessions:

Annually

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