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Religious Studies

 
Learning about and respecting values, and one another’s beliefs, is hugely important in our growing multi-cultural society. The R.E. curriculum at Prospect aims to allow students to identify their own beliefs and culture whilst recognising the importance of respecting the beliefs of those around them in local as well as global communities.

R.E. is taught thematically so different religious teachings are studied side by side through moral and social issues that are relevant to young people and wider society. Students are encouraged to consider their own beliefs and reactions to challenging events, problems and issues faced by contemporary society.

At GCSE we follow AQA syllabus B, ‘Religion and Citizenship’ and ‘Religion and Morality’. Topics include crime and punishment, poverty, sport, drugs and human rights.

At key stage 3 students are encouraged to identify their place in the local community and the world by looking at themes such as beliefs, festivals, music, suffering as well as different religious teachings.

Other than teaching about values and beliefs through R.E. we also aim to enable students to construct arguments and opinions clearly, with evidence to justify them. Skills like these will help with exams in subjects other than R.E.

Learning area

Staff

1 Specialist fulltime teacher, 1 non-Specialist staff member and 1 part time Specialist teacher

Structure

Head of RE and Second in RE

Examination courses for KS4

AQA spec A – religions taught – Islam and Christianity.

Themes – Crime and Punishment, Peace and Conflict, Relationships, Human Rights.

Examination  courses for KS5

None at present, launching A Level Philosophy and Religion in September 2018

GCSE examination results

                     A*-C    

2015           69.6%    

2016           82.3%  

2017           59.5%

A Level examination results

None

 

Timetable structure

Year 7  2 lessons per fortnight

Year 8  2 lessons per fortnight

Year 9 RE taught as part of PSHE

Year 10 RE taught as part of PSHE

Year 11  3 lessons per fortnight

Intervention

We have intervention programmes for vulnerable cohorts of Year 11, such as after school sessions and breakfast clubs. There are intervention lessons for KS3 students whose literacy skills are in need of development. We also utilise a range of in class intervention strategies tailored to individual pupil needs.

Curriculum plan 

KEY STAGE

YEAR

AUTUMN 1

AUTUMN 2

SPRING 1

SPRING 2

SUMMER 1

SUMMER 2

 

 

KEY STAGE 3

 

7

 

Topic: Who am I?

Exploration of personal and class beliefs values

Topic: Festivals

Examining festivals from different religions, reasons and impact on the local community and UK

Topic: Inspirational People.

Exploring the impact of various religious figures across the last century – e.g. MLK, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama

Topic: Jerusalem.

Exploring the religious claims to Jerusalem and their impact on global politics and the rest of the world.

Topic: Religion through the Arts.

Exploring how religions portray their beliefs through media and the arts, including students producing their own religious art work.

Topic: Who am I? Part 2.

Re-exploring personal and class beliefs

 

8

 

Topic: Who is God? Does he exist?

Exploring rational and philosophical reasons for God’s existence and different religious claims on who God is.

Topic: Religion and Suffering.

Exploring the causes of personal and global suffering, why religions claim suffering exists and responses to suffering.

Topic: Religious Figures on Trial.

Exploring the lives of the leaders of 3 world religions – Christianity, Islam and Sikhism, and then putting their actions on trial.

Topic: Religion and Poverty.

Exploring the causes of local and global poverty and religious responses to poverty

Topic: Religion and the Media.

Exploring how religion is portrayed through the media and the arts – building on the Year 7 topic, with more analysis of key newspaper articles or events.

Topic: Emotional Intelligence.

Exploring the topic of mental health – symptoms and causes of mental health issues, ways to create a positive mental health mindset, and religious impacts on mental health

 

 

 

 

KEY STAGE 4

 

9

 

Topic: Religion, Peace and Conflict. Attitudes to war/conflict, attitudes to forgiveness, examples and reasons for war

Topic: Religion, Peace and Conflict. Attitudes to war/conflict, attitudes to forgiveness, examples and reasons for war

Crime and Punishment. Different types of punishments, reasons for crimes, attitudes to punishment

 

Crime and Punishment. Different types of punishments, reasons for crimes, attitudes to punishment

 

Christianity Key Beliefs – nature of God, Creation, origin of evil, Jesus' life death and resurrection, salvation and heaven, sin.

Christianity Key Practices – worship, prayer, sacraments, pilgrimage, festivals, role of the church in local and global community,  Christian persecution

 

10

 

Human Relationships – Attitudes to sexuality, contraception and homosexual relationships, types and roles of families, attitudes to gender equality

Human Relationships – Attitudes to sexuality, contraception and homosexual relationships, types and roles of families, attitudes to gender equality

 

Human Rights and Social Justice – Examples of human rights and HR's abuses, attitudes to equality, attitudes to freedom of religious expression, origin and types of prejudice, attitudes to wealth and poverty, religious charities

Human Rights and Social Justice – Examples of human rights and HR's abuses, attitudes to equality, attitudes to freedom of religious expression, origin and types of prejudice, attitudes to wealth and poverty, religious charities

 

Islam Key Beliefs – nature and oneness of God, Sunni vs Shia,  Prophethood – Adam, Ibrahim and Muhammed, angels, afterlife and judgement day

Islam Key Practices – 5 pillars of Islam, the Mosque, Sunni vs Shia differences, Jihad, Festivals

 

11

 

Christianity and Islam Beliefs and Theology

Christianity and Islam Practices

2 Themes: Crime and Punishment, and Human Relationships

2 Themes: War and Peace, and Human Rights and Social Justice

Exam revision and past papers