“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness…the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives” – Dalai Lama
The Religious Education curriculum at Rushey Mead aims to give our students an in depth understanding of the complex religious traditions that have shaped Great Britain and the world. This will help our students understand the impact different cultures and religions have on individuals and communities, as well as promoting British values and community cohesion by teaching students how to live in a tolerant, multi faith society whilst helping them make sense of their own place in the world. We want to provide our students with a relevant enriching curriculum which they can critically engage with and develop their high order thinking skills. Studying different religions and worldviews allows our students to reflect on their own identity, and consider the different responses to some of life’s most difficult questions such as: Why is there war and poverty? Is there an afterlife? Does God exist? Our intention is to provide students with opportunities to explore diversity of thought, develop their own informed opinions and evaluate different points of view enabling them to make a positive difference in society.
Key Stage 3 features and summary
Years 7 and 8
Students develop an understanding of the key features of different religious beliefs, and consider how and why followers put these beliefs into practice.
A wide range of both religious and social views are debated, which makes this an interesting and stimulating subject for them to study. Issues are examined from a religious and social viewpoint, reflecting on how moral values are applied to different aspects of modern life and considering what students’ own responses might be.
We aim to enable students to learn in a variety of ways, including research, discussion, group work, drama and art. Students develop the ability to select, explain and evaluate relevant information, and to structure a clear response.
Units studied in years 7 and 8 include:
- Abrahamic Faiths
- Future Planet
- Science vs Religion
- Inspirational Leaders
Key Stage 4 features and summary
At Key Stage 4, all students follow the AQA full course GCSE in Religious Studies (A). At the start of Year 9 students begin their GCSE course and continue this in years 10 and 11. Students will study units on Christianity, Buddhism, Peace and Conflict, Crime and Punishment, Religion and Life and Relationships and Families.
During the course students will explore ideas on spiritual, philosophical, ethical and moral dilemmas as well as place beliefs in the context of modern British society. Students are encouraged to incorporate their understanding of their own beliefs and experiences in their answers on the second examination paper.
The GCSE is assessed at the end of Year 11 with two 1 ¾ hour examinations
KS4 curriculum map & knowledge organisers
Assessment and feedback
Students in year 7 and 8 study 3 units per year. They will be assessed by a mid-unit assessment and an end of unit assessment for each unit.
Students in Years 9,10, and 11 will be assessed at the end of each unit they study. They may also be given mid-unit assessments. They will also have an end of year assessment.
Students in all years will be given knowledge organisers to revise from for each unit. These will be given at the start of the unit to support them as they learn the unit content.
After each assessment students will receive both individual written feedback in addition to whole class feedback.
AQA GCSE Religious Education
Useful websites and resources
Specimen papers http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4055-W-TRB-CW.PDF
Subject specific vocabulary http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a/teach/subject-specific-vocabulary
Revision activities www.bbc.co.uk/academys/gcsebitesize/rs
Further Reading KS3 Religious Education – Link
Further Reading KS4 Religious Education – Link
Students can attend RE study club after school for help with their RE work. Revision classes for GCSE students are run by teachers after school. Students should ask their RE teacher for the day and times of these.
Stretch and challenge opportunities
Students should be encouraged to read newspapers and watch the News to apply what they have learnt in lessons to “real life” situations.
An excellent way to support students in RE is to talk to them about what they are studying. Discussions at home help students develop their ideas and consider different points of view.
Visits to places of worship can be very useful in understanding the practices of religious believers.
Students should use the revision resources provided by their teachers and the attached documents.
Students will be provided with knowledge organisers for each unit they study to assist them in their revision.
Revision guides are on sale in the kiosk.
Revision classes will run after school for GCSE students. KS3 students should attend RE study club for help with revision. Please see your teacher for the days and times of these.