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Religious Studies

KS3

Religious Studies

Overview of course

Religious Education aims to provide a high quality experience for all students by:

  • Promoting personal respect for students’ own world views and those of others
  • Deepening understanding of their own and other people’s beliefs and opinions
  • Fostering an enquiring and open mind
  • Encouraging the confidence to ask ultimate questions
  • Developing the skills of listening, communicating and empathising

Programme of study

Year 7

  • History and Belief: Christianity, Islam, Sikhism

 

Year 8

  • Religion in the Modern World: Christianity, Buddhism and Islam
  • Is death the end?

 

Year 9

  • Do we need to prove God’s existence? Philosophy unit.
  • Why is there suffering?
  • Is religion a power for peace or cause for conflict?
  • Biblical Literacy

 

Skills / Knowledge / understanding

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR KEY stage 3 - Students will be taught to:

  1. give different views on how faith may play a vital part in people’s identity;
  2. give different views on the place of modern media in relation to religion and belief;
  3. ask questions about the meaning of religion and spirituality and suggest answers    relating to the search for truth;
  4. use reasoning and examples to express insights into the relationship between  beliefs, teaching and ethical issues.

Methods of assessments / accreditation structure

 

Religious studies topics are examined every two terms with end of unit knowledge tests culminating in a final end of year exam.

How Parents and Carers can help

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zh3rkqt

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Religion.html

http://www.humanreligions.info/religions.html

 



KS4

Religious Studies

Exam Board - Edexcel B

Overview of course

Area of Study 1: Religion and Ethics.

 

The focus of this area of study is on Religion and Ethics; this is focusing on Christianity.

For this area of study, students must study all four content sections in relation to one

religion:

 

1. Beliefs

2. Marriage and the Family

3. Living the Religious Life

4. Matters of Life and Death

Students must study a different religion in their second area of study.

 

Area of Study 2: Religion, Peace and Conflict

 

The focus of this area of study is on Religion, Peace and Conflict; this is focusing on Islam.

For this area of study, students must study all four content sections in relation to one

religion:

 

1. Beliefs

2. Crime and Punishment

3. Living the Religious Life

4. Peace and Conflict

 

 

Year 9 Programme of study

 

Autumn term: Christianity: Section 1 (Christian Beliefs)

Spring term: Islam: Section 1 (Muslim Beliefs)

Summer term: Christianity: Section 2 (Marriage and the Family)

 

Year 10 Programme of study

 

Autumn term: Islam: Section 2 (Crime and Punishment)

Spring  term: Christianity: Section 3 (Living the Christian Life)

Summer term: Islam: Section 3 (Living the Muslim Life)

 

Year 11 Programme of study

 

Autumn term: Christianity: Section 4 (Matters of Life and Death)

Spring  term: Islam: Section 4 (Peace and Conflict)

Summer term: Revision and examinations

 

Religious Studies

 

Edexcel B

 

Skills / Knowledge / Understanding

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

Develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism. Develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying. Develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject. Engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life. Reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and will contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith. Understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies. Understand significant common and divergent views between and/or within religions and beliefs. Apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values. Construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values.

 

Methods of assessment / accreditation structure

 

Area of Study 1: Students study Christianity though the topics of Christian Beliefs, Marriage and the Family, Living the Christian Life and Matters of Life and Death. Students will be assessed with AO1 and AO2 by a 1 hour and 45-minute examination paper.

 

Area of Study 2:  Students will study Islam through the topics of Muslim Beliefs, Crime and Punishment, Living the Muslim Life and Peace and Conflict. Students will be assessed with AO1 and AO2 by a 1 hour and 45-minute examination paper.

 

In School Contacts

Mrs Downs Lead teacher RE

Hdowns@saa.woodard.co.uk

How Parents and Carers can help

Revision guide, ISBN number 978-1-292-14882-3

Work book, ISBN number 978-1-292-14881-6

Text book, ISBN number 978-1-471-86659-3

 

Encourage your son/daughter to watch the news/read the news online. Take an interest in current affairs. If you have the opportunity, visit cultural sites e.g. Cathedrals, Mosques.

Software and Websites used

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zm9pd6f

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-b-2016.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=Pearson-UK:Category%2FExam-materials

https://mobile.biblegateway.com/

 

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