Religious Education Year 7
Big questions such as ‘Why do we suffer? and Are humans special? are at the very the heart of the course in Year 7. This ‘big question’ approach highlights how the subject is an exploration and enquiry which can give rise to diverse answers and beliefs. The questions have been grouped into three main areas of focus: Truth, Ethics and Expression. Throughout the year students will have opportunities to develop and express their own beliefs and ideas. Where possible, we aim to build in chances to experiences in the classroom which enhance the learning.
In Year 7 students are taught for an hour a week in mixed ability tutor groups and they will focus mainly on Christianity. Students are assessed every half term throughout the year leading to a teacher assessed Key Stage 3 level at the end of the year
Religious Education Year 8
In Year 8 students study Buddhism and Islam. They deepen their understanding of important beliefs, concepts and issues of truth and authority in religion. Through these two major world religions the students will apply their understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and practices to a range of ultimate questions and ethical issues, with a focus on self-awareness, relationships, rights and responsibilities. We start the interfaith dialogue by looking at topical issues within the country. Again in Year 8 students are taught for an hour a week in mixed ability tutor groups. They are assessed every half term throughout the year leading to a teacher assessed Key Stage 3 level at the end of the year.
Religious Education Year 9
In Year 9 all students begin the GCSE course. We follow the new revised syllabus, AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification B Unit 2. Students will study this unit for two years. They are examined nationally at the end of Year 10 and if successful, gain a Short Course GCSE. The topics include Religion and Planet Earth, Animals, Prejudice, War, Matters of Life and Matters of Youth. Again in Year 9 students are taught for an hour a week in mixed ability tutor groups and they are assessed every half term throughout the year and given a grade A* to G. Throughout the year the students study the religious texts relating to the topics and learn how the different Christian denominations interpret the texts.