Religious Education

Head of Subject: Mr B. Kingswood

 

Subject overview:

Religious Education at Key Stage 3 seeks to develop a greater understanding of religious beliefs and ideas, deepening students’ knowledge and understanding of major religious faiths as well as relating these to major contemporary ethical issues. Key Stage 3 provides a foundation for the demands of GCSE study, developing skills and knowledge that will enhance students’ understanding in both RE and other areas of the school curriculum.

Religious Education seeks to develop students’ interest in, and enthusiasm for, a study of Christianity and Islam and its relation to the wider world; to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding by exploring the impact of religious beliefs and teachings; to express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments. The course studies the beliefs and practices of the two chosen religions.

RE is provided as part of a broad and balanced school curriculum which promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is based in the Worcestershire agreed syllabus and is inclusive and broad minded.

Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from RE and provide an alternative religious education, and must contact the Headteacher if they wish to do so. However, the school does not support selective withdrawal from RE.

 

Key Stage 3

Religious Education is delivered as part of the core school curriculum. Taken as a core subject there is no exam in Years 7-9.

You will study the six main religions of Great Britain, two per year. In Year 7 Christianity and Islam; Year 8, Judaism and Hinduism; and Year 9, Sikhism and Buddhism.

The course looks at the beliefs and practices of each religion and how they deal with modern situations.

Students are assessed at the end of each unit with A&Es and unit knowledge tests.

Core RE is taught as a discrete subject for one lesson a fortnight. 

Key Stage 4:

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A
click here for Key Stage 4 course details and guidance

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