Religious Education

Curriculum rationale:

In Religious Education (RE) we aim to foster a deep understanding of a variety of religious beliefs, cultures, practices and different attitudes to society and philosophy by offering a broad and balanced experience across all religions and non-religious views including atheism and humanism. We want to enthuse passion, interest, tolerance and understanding and a love for our subject, giving students the opportunity to grow an understanding of the world and people around them.

RE is a powerful tool in developing student’s critical thinking, debating skills and an important opportunity for students to sensitively explore difficult subjects, for example, abortion and euthanasia.  This curriculum recognises the importance of the changing landscape of religion in the United Kingdom and across the world and the different challenges that this may present in society and the classroom.  The whole purpose of the RE curriculum is to allow students the opportunity to understand why there are differences in belief, behaviour and attitudes and how this will encourages students to see the world from another perspective.

Curriculum Design:

Our RE curriculum has been designed around the six main religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.  In the first term of year 7, students are introduced to key terms that they will need and revisit throughout KS3 and KS4.  Each lesson builds on the previous lessons and topics, for example, looking at similarities between the six religious groups studied. The curriculum offers opportunities to review prior learning and introduce new skills and more challenge as they progress through their education and are able to apply their skills knowledge beyond the classroom into adult life.

The KS3 RE curriculum and summative/ formative assessments are tailored to Edquas GCSE Route A to prepare students for KS4 exam skills and techniques. The KS3 curriculum aims to engage, challenge and develop global citizens for all students who are ready to contribute to the values of British society. Aspects from the GCSE specification are incorporated into the KS3 curriculum in various topics e.g. in year 7 students study the nature of God and in doing so are introduced at an earlier stage to challenging concepts which are embedded into the curriculum and assessments   (directly links with Eduqas GCSE RE Route A Papers 1 and 2). This level of challenge increases across KS3 but is a reflection of the knowledge and skills required at KS4.

Curriculum Plan:

 

RE 5 year curriculum plan

Topic order over year

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 9 & 10 GCSE

Year 11

1

Christianity- Nature of God

Heroes

Animal Rights

Life After Death

Relationships

2

Hinduism

Islam

Philosophy & Ethics

Christianity: Beliefs & Teachings

Islam: Belief & teachings

3

Judaism

Christian parables

Religion & Science

Human Rights

Good & Evil

4

Sikhism

Buddhism

War & Peace

Christianity:

Practices

Islam: Practices

Curriculum Assessment:

Assessment is rigorous and uses the KPI model personalised to our curriculum allowing students to make rapid progress and take ownership of what is required from them to progress to the next step. Each assessment will follow a similar structure and style.

Assessment in KS3 RE

  • Students will be asked to complete a piece of extended writing based on the topic that they have studied. The style of questioning will expect students to compare different views and from them to come to a justified conclusion.
  • Each student will receive personalised feedback on content of the assessment and the style and skills shown

 

Assessment in KS4 RE

  • In each topic students will have a formative assessment. This will be a practice exam question based on the current content that they are studying in class. This could be in one of the three different styles of exam questions:

  • Question B: Describing a viewpoint or religious belief
  • Question C: Explaining the different attitudes between two religious beliefs
  • Question D: Examining in detail the different responses to a statement showing a clear, concise and justified conclusion

 

  • At the end of each topic students will have a summative assessment. This is where students will be asked to complete a previous exam paper on the topic that they have studied. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage not only with the content but also to practice crucial exam skills.

 

Extra-curricular opportunities: 

Students are given regular opportunities to speak to and meet visitors. Recent speakers have included a humanist, a Fairtrade farmer, students from Christian and Islamic Unions from Leicester University, a chaplain from Leicester Prison and a Holocaust Survivor. These experiences enrich student learning and understanding that religion is a living breathing relative organism and important in modern day society.