RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. Building on their prior learning, students should extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and beliefs, recognising their local, national and global context.
At KS3 students will have the opportunity to study at least four religions, developing knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious beliefs, teachings, practices and sources of wisdom and authority. Students will develop the skills to draw on a wide range of subject-specific language with confidence. They should understand how beliefs influence the values and lives of individuals and groups, and how religions and beliefs have an impact on wider current affairs.
At KS4 , students continue to build on, extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews (including non-religious worldviews), explaining local, national and global contexts.
This is based on the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus 2019-2024
Students will start by exploring what is means to be religious. This will extend to include what it means to be an atheist or agnostic in Britain today.
How people express the spiritual through the arts.
Beliefs about the Incarnation
Christian belief in the Trinity
Depth study on Jesus, including the Easter story
Belief in life after death
Depth study of Sikhism, including teachings on equality and service
Making moral decisions
Looking at the need for prophets in the world today
Depth study of Islam, including the challenges of being a Muslim teenager in Britain today
The pursuit of happiness as a purpose of life
Depth study of Buddhism (Buddha/dhamma/sangha)
This is based on the WJEC EDUQAS Religious Studies Route A syllabus.
This also includes four units from KS3
Christianity: Beliefs and teachings
Sikhism:Beliefs and teachings
Issues of relationships
Issues of life and death
Issues of good and evil
Issues of human rights
Assessment is continuous in lessons and uses strategies such as questioning, factual recall, discussion work, use of language for effective speaking and writing skills, extended writing practice.
At the start of KS3 there is a baseline test which is used to identify strengths and areas for development . During each first half term, regular short tasks are used to check on knowledge and understanding. There is also an opportunity for an extended piece of writing based upon an issue used for discussion purposes. During the second half term there is a more formal assessment based on knowledge, understanding and evaluation. The assessments are based around KS3 skills and become more complex to prepare for KS4.
During KS4 , assessment continues to be similar to the above but also steadily increasing the use of GCSE criteria. There are two formal assessments in years 9 and 10, three in year 11.
All KS4 assessments are based on GCSE questions to develop the necessary skills and a better understanding of world views (religious or non-religious).