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Religious Studies & Education

Pupils will develop varied religious and moral viewpoints on key questions, learn to appreciate other people’s points of view and have a wider view of the world in which we live and the issues which affect us all.

The skills developed on this course are:

  • Empathy, thinking and written skills
  • Reflection, debate and independent enquiry

Key Stage 3

This course is delivered to all Key Stage 3. The course aims to help pupils improve their understanding of people and the religious and moral influences on their lives and to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. The course followed is developed by the Lancashire SACRE and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Parents (or students who are over 18) have the right to withdraw their children either partly or wholly from RE. Our approach to RE, however, has been constructed in the hope that parents and teachers will rarely, if ever, wish to exercise their right of withdrawal. However, as a school we do not support withdrawal from RE lessons and those parents who wish to withdraw their child from RE lessons should inform the Headteacher in writing at their earliest convenience.

Pupils in Year 7 will study a theme of ‘Where do we Belong?’ by looking at the following religions:

  • Christianity (beliefs and values/shared human experience)
  • Buddhism (living religious traditions)
  • Christianity (the search for personal meaning)
  • Hinduism ( beliefs and values)

Pupils in Year 8 will study a theme of ‘Where can we find guidance about how to live our lives?’ by looking at the following religions:

  • Christianity (beliefs and values)
  • Sikhism (beliefs and values)
  • Christianity (beliefs and values)
  • Judaism (beliefs and values)
  • Christianity (living the religious tradition)

Pupils in Year 9 will study a theme of ‘Philosophy and Worship’ by looking at the following religions:

  • Christianity (shared human experience)
  • Judaism (search for personal meaning)
  • Christianity and Islam – Good and Evil (search for personal meaning)
  • Christianity – Is death the end?(search for personal meaning)
  • Christianity and Islam – The existence of God (living the religious tradition)

Pupils are assessed at regular intervals during the course of the academic year.

Key Stage 4

Religious Studies  GCSE

Pupils will study and learn religious attitudes towards:

  1. Moral issues including; crime and punishment, matters of life and death, prejudice & discrimination, animal rights and environmental issues, conflict & peace; and the existence of God.
  2. Beliefs, teaching and practices including; the nature of God, worship and festivals and the role of places of worship in the community.

The course helps pupils improve their understanding of people and the religious and moral influences on their lives.

The course is assessed through two final examinations taken in the summer of Year 11.

  1. Paper 1 – Beliefs, teaching and practices (1 hour 45 mins) 50% of the overall grade
  2. Paper 2 – Thematic study of moral issues (1 hour 45 mins) 50% of the overall grade

Pupils follow the AQA  Specification A 8062, for further information please see www.aqa.org.uk

Enrichment

The humanities department run a KS3 homework club on Monday, Thursday and Friday. There are regular revision sessions for KS4. Outside speakers are brought in to speak to pupils where appropriate.

Head of Department

Mrs S Cheshire