Religious Education is a vibrant and valued subject that sits at the very heart of the school. Our aim is to provide pupils with a first class study of the beliefs and practices of the world’s major religions that will enable them to gain an excellent understanding of the importance that religion and religious themes play in the everyday life of people in Great Britain and all over the world. The department echoes the school mission statement as not only do we strive to ensure that all our students make excellent academic progress but we equally value the promotion of skills and experiences that will enable our students to develop personally.
Learning Sequence Overview
Key Stage 3
Year 6 to 7 Transition Stage
Year 6 to 7 Transition Stage – Artefacts – symbolism / core knowledge and understanding of Christianity – establishing core Christian values through the use of artefacts to engage and ignite the love of RE.
Sequence of Learning KS3
Step into a Religious Education classroom today and you will find a vibrant and diverse subject. Lessons explore the teachings of different religions and worldviews, including Christianity, and the key questions that fascinate pupil about God and worship, authority, beliefs and values, truth, meaning and purpose.
Religious Education offers pupils the opportunity to explore their own beliefs and reflect on the challenges of serious commitment. It allows them to investigate how different beliefs have shaped individuals, families, communities and cultures.
There is an emphasis on teaching about Christianity; pupils are also taught about the other faiths that are present in the United Kingdom, such as Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism. Pupils should learn about the principle practices and beliefs of Christianity and compare them to those of other faiths.
Pupils are encouraged to respect the beliefs of others, and to understand the values shared by all the major religions – honesty, caring, forgiveness and justice.
KS3 Intervention Programme
KS3 intervention programme in Religious Education will firstly identify the pupils who are on; below or above their targets to ensure that no gaps are forming in their knowledge and understanding of Religious Education.
Through the use of timely assessments, these gaps will be identified and intervention will be utilised in lesson time to close and tackle any misconceptions or gaps that a pupil may have in their learning and understanding of a particular topic.
The staff will deploy a variety of techniques with the pupil in lesson to support their progress going forward; if additional time is required to support the pupil the member of staff will request that they complete a lunch time intervention slot to continue their development in Religious Education.
How can parents/carers help?
Parents and carers can help through supporting pupils with homework, extra-curricular activities and embracing their interest and learning in Religious Education
If you do not want your child to take part in the religious education provided by the school, you may request that they are withdrawn from the classes and provide the religious education that you would prefer they are taught.
Key Stage 4
Sequence of Learning KS4
Pupils will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity specified below and their basis in Christian sources of wisdom and authority. They will be able to refer to scripture and/or sacred texts where appropriate. Pupils will study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies. Common and divergent views within Christianity in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed should be included throughout.
Pupils will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Islam specified below and their basis in Islamic sources of wisdom and authority. They will be able to refer to scripture and other writings where appropriate. Pupils will study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies. Common and divergent views within Islam in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed should be included throughout.
KS4 Intervention Programme
The KS4 intervention programme will support all of our GCSE pupils with their individual learning needs. During lunchtimes and afterschool, staff will be providing pupils with focused intervention that consolidates the learning that takes place in the classroom. It will give pupils the chance to fill any gaps in their knowledge and to challenge their learning further.
Assessment structure: Paper 1 study of Religion and Paper 2 Thematic Studies:
AQA GCSE Specification Link: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062
How can parents/carers help?
Parents and carers can help pupils throughout their Religious Education GCSE by supporting the department with completion of homework and revision.