Religious Education Department
All students will take the GCSE in Religious Education. The course will be challenging with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious and ethical issues.
At Key Stage 3 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 existence. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of mainly Christianity and Buddhism, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and empathy. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. RE encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, display knowledge, explain and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. RE encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.
Topics Include: Year 7- Introduction to religious belief, The Semitic Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam; The Indian Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism; Greek Mythology. Year 8- Buddhism, Christianity, Martin Luther King. Year 9- The existence of God and revelation, Religion and Life, Religion Crime and Punishment, Religion Peace and Conflict.
Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices. Buddhism: Students should be aware that Buddhism is one of the diverse religious traditions and beliefs in Great Britain today and that the main religious tradition in Great Britain is Christianity. This knowledge may be applied throughout the assessment of the specified content. Students should study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Buddhism and their basis in Buddhist sources of wisdom and authority. They should be able to refer to scripture and/or sacred texts where appropriate. Christianity is the main religious tradition in Great Britain is Christianity. This knowledge may be applied throughout the assessment of the specified content. Students should study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity specified below and their basis in Christian sources of wisdom and authority. They should be able to refer to scripture and/or sacred texts where appropriate. Component 2: Thematic studies. Students should study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues, and their impact and influence in the modern world. They should be aware of contrasting perspectives in contemporary British society on all of these issues. 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.
Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs. They will develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject. They will reflect on and develop their own values, belief, meaning, purpose, truth and their influence on human life. Thy will reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community. The skills are divided in to two assessment objectives: AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding and explaining. AO2: Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence.
What is a Knowledge Organiser?
It is a document prepared by your teachers that summarises and condenses all the most vital, useful and powerful knowledge on a single page, that you need to remember to be successful.
If you use this document to help you when you study or revise it will help you to remember the key information and learn important subject specific words which will help you in your exams and assessments.
By using the Knowledge Organisers at home to support you with study it will help you when back in the classroom. Below is a list of potential ideas and tasks that you could follow to help with any subject. You will then need to find the knowledge organisers for the subjects you wish to study, and the topics that you are studying in class to complete the tasks below or those set by your teachers.