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Religious Studies

Religious Studies

‘Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.’ – Muhammad Ali

KS3 Religious Studies

What will I study?

You live in a world of different belief systems and values. This subject looks at fundamental questions about life, death and the purpose of our existence. It examines issues facing people in all parts of the world and helps you understand your own personal beliefs and how you might be able to influence events.

KS3 RE will be delivered across four half terms by your Humanities teachers:

Year Group Spring Half Term 1

– 5 lessons

Spring Half Term 2

– 6 lessons

Summer Half Term 1

– 6 lessons

Summer Half Term 2

– 7 lessons

 

 

 

 

7

Personal Belief

Looking for answers to difficult questions

Mutual tolerance

Respectful attitudes

Individual liberty

Democracy

Spiritual, moral, social & cultural development

Forgiveness & Reconciliation

Applying a religious teaching to forgiveness & reconciliation

Mutual tolerance

Respectful attitudes

Individual liberty

Democracy

The rule of law

Spiritual, moral, social & cultural development

Jesus of Nazareth

The meaning of Jesus’ incarnation, resurrection and teachings for Christians

Investigating the life and impact of a religious teacher

Mutual tolerance

Respectful attitudes

Individual liberty

Spiritual, moral, social & cultural development

Places of Worship

Exploring the influence of beliefs on the lifestyles of believers

1c & 2a

Mutual tolerance

Respectful attitudes

Individual liberty

Democracy

The rule of law

Spiritual, moral, social & cultural development

Year Group Spring Half Term 1

– 5 lessons

Spring Half Term 2

– 6 lessons

Summer Half Term 1

– 6 lessons

Summer Half Term 2

– 7 lessons

8 Prejudice & Discrimination

Applying religious teachings to a concept – Prejudice & discrimination

Mutual tolerance

Respectful attitudes

Individual liberty

Democracy

The rule of law

Spiritual, moral, social & cultural development

Islam

Investigating the influence of beliefs, practices and worship on a believer’s lifestyle

Investigating the life and impact of a religious teacher – Muhammad

Mutual tolerance

Respectful attitudes

Individual liberty

Democracy

The rule of law

Spiritual, moral, social & cultural development

Justice, Crime & Punishment

Applying religious teachings to a concept –  Justice, crime & punishment

Mutual tolerance

Respectful attitudes

Individual liberty

Democracy

The rule of law

Spiritual, moral, social & cultural development

Rites of Passage

Birth, coming of age, marriage and death

Mutual tolerance

Respectful attitudes

Individual liberty

Democracy

The rule of law

 

Spiritual, moral, social & cultural development

How will I be assessed?

Your books will be marked regularly in line with school policy. In each unit you will be given feedback on your work and the opportunity to self/peer assess and make improvements to your work.

How can I stretch my learning?

It is important for you to get a different perspective on the big issues of life – issues such as where we come from, what happens to us after we die, why poverty and war exist in our world, and so on. To develop your understanding watch the news and current affairs programmes and discuss your views and opinions on what is going on in the world.  Speak to people about their beliefs and values and think about why people might have other contrasting viewpoints. Debating with others opens our minds to other possibilities and perspectives. It is this critical thinking and objectivity that will help you to excel in RE.

Useful links

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh3rkqt

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh3rkqt

GCSE Religious Studies (2016-17 only)

AQA GCSE Religious Studies B – Ethics, Philosophy and Religion in Society

What will I study?

GCSE Religious Studies B encourages you to develop your interest and enthusiasm for the study of religion and the relationship between religion and the wider world. You will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding by exploring the impact of beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life. You will be encouraged to express your personal responses and give informed insights on fundamental questions about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.

Pupils will study 2 units for the final exams in Y11. These are:

Unit 2: Religion & Life Issues

  • Religion & Animal Rights
  • Religion & Planet Earth
  • Religion & Prejudice
  • Religion & Early Life
  • Religion, War & Peace
  • Religion & Young People

Unit 3: Religion & Morality

  • Religious Attitudes to Matters of Life (Medical Ethics)
  • Religious Attitudes to the Elderly and Death
  • Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse
  • Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment
  • Religious Attitudes to Rich and Poor in British Society
  • Religious Attitudes to World Poverty

How will I be assessed?

You will sit two 1.5 hour examinations at the end of Year 11 – each will be worth 50% of your final result.

In class you will be continually assessed through your answers to GCSE practice questions and end of unit exams. Marked work will usually include a grade, feedback on your performance and a target for improvement. Students are also encouraged to assess both their own and their peers’ work each half term.  Throughout the year your teacher will be there to support you and challenge you with differentiated material where appropriate.

How can I stretch my learning?

The more religious knowledge you use in the exam the better (but don’t just put in random, irrelevant quotes)! Therefore you need to read around the subject, engage with the news and watch relevant TV programs. Actively seek out contrasting viewpoints, because using a quote which directly contrasts with another to inform your views is a high level evaluation skill.

Useful links

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

Key contact name, role & email

Mrs H Klee

Curriculum Leader – Humanities

hklee@shuttleworth.lancs.sch.uk

01282 682300