RE

re-logoSubject: RE/Citizenship
Head of Department: Mrs J Cooper

 

 

 

KS3 Information:

In Years 7 and 8 pupils focus on developing their knowledge of the doctrine and beliefs held within Christianity and a number of other major religions including: Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism.

Yr 7 topics include:

An introduction to Religious Education with the emphasis on Respecting Everyone.
Is there a God?  Different views of God.  Characteristics of God.
An introduction to the Bible. Who wrote it. What it is. How to use it.
Creation, Christian, Hindu and Scientific viewpoints.
The Christmas Story.
The teachings of Jesus Christ. The parable of the Builders, the Sowers and the Good Samaritan.
Religious Buildings. Church, Synagogue, Mosque, Temple
Moses. Abraham, Muhammad
Jewish festivals – Passover, Hanukkah
The story of Nicki Cruz

Yr 8 topics include:

Statements of belief. The Creed and the Muslim statement of faith.
What Justice means for Christians.
The 5 Pillars of Islam and the Ten Obligatory Acts of Shi’a Islam
Places of Pilgrimage
The events of Holy Week.
Conflict and forgiveness
Research project into the work of a variety of Charities.

Yr 9 topics include:

In Year 9 pupils begin their focused work towards the GCSE qualification. During the year they study a variety of element from the specification. For full details of the concepts and topics covered in this course, please refer to the key stage 4 curriculum below.
In addition to the RE studies, Year 9 pupils also undertake focussed Citizenship
programmes of study.
Drugs and Alcohol – Through this module of work, pupils develop their understanding of the dangers and health risks associated with both alcohol use and drug misuse. Cumbria Constabulary assist with the delivering of some of these sessions.
Sex and relationships – Through this topic, pupils develop an understanding of the consequences of risky behaviour and how to stay safe. Emphasis is placed on the need for respect for all and promotes health and wellbeing.

KS4 Information:

In KS4, alongside the Religion Education work, pupils also undertake specific modules of work aimed at developing their understanding of the world of work and future career options. During the summer term of Year 10 pupils take part in a Career Exploration week, where they gain experience in applying for a job and taking part in a mock interview with an employer. Pupils also complete a basic first aid course and undertake training for the level 2 in Food Hygiene certificate. Enterprise education is also an integral element of this course and pupils gain knowledge and understanding of personal and business finance, how to open and manage a bank account and the costs associated with living independently.

WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies takes a distinctive issues based approach to the study of religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world. The course will also enable learners to gain knowledge and understanding of two religions. WJEC Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies provides opportunities for learners to understand more about the world, the religious challenges it faces and their place within it. Following this GCSE course will deepen understanding of religions and their effect on society. It will develop learners’ competence in a wide range of skills and approaches and enable young people to become religiously informed and thoughtful, engaged citizens.

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies:
· develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism
· develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying
· develops learners’ ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
· provides opportunities for learners to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life
· challenges learners to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contributes to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.
Following this specification will enable learners to:
● deepen their understanding of the relationship between people
● become informed about common and divergent views within traditions in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed
● demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fact that religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian
● understand that religious traditions in Great Britain are diverse and include a variety of different religions as well as non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism.

SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT

ROUTE A
Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World
Written examination: 2 hours
50% of qualification
Candidates will study the following four themes. All questions are compulsory.
Theme 1: Issues of Relationships
Theme 2: Issues of Life and Death
Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil
Theme 4: Issues of Human Rights
This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes.
Component 2: Study of Christianity
Written examination: 1 hour
25% of qualification
Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity.
This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focussing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the subject content.
Component 3: Study of a World Faith  – ISLAM
Written examination: 1 hour
25% of qualification
Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of one world faith from the following
list:
Option 3: Islam
This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the subject content.

Pupils undertaking GCSE RE in 2017:

WJEC Religious Education specification B

This course is divided into two Units each containing 4 topics. Each topic will explored from two religious traditions, Christianity and one other of the major religions found here in the United Kingdom. The topics to be covered are as follows:

Unit 1 Religion and Life Issues

Topic 1  Relationships  – Issues of love, marriage and divorce (Christianity and Islam)
Key concepts studied in this topic:
Chastity  –  no sex before marriage – to remain sexually pure for marriage
Commitment  – a sense of dedication and obligation to someone or something
Conflict – the stresses and strains that take place within all human relationships
Love – one of the most powerful human emotions that joins people together
Reconciliation  – saying sorry and making up after an argument
Responsibilities  – actions you are expected to carry out

Topic 2  Is it Fair? –  Issues of justice and equality (Christian and Islam)
Key concepts studied in this topic:
Authority –  power over others through position or moral teaching
Discrimination  – the actions of treating groups of people differently
Equality –  the belief or state that everyone should have equal rights
Identity –  the sense of who you are in terms of attitudes, character and personality
Injustice –  where everyone is not treated with fairness
Prejudice –  judging people to be inferior or superior without cause

Topic 3  Looking for Meaning  – Issues about God, life and death (Christian, Hindu and Islam)
Key concepts studied in this topic:
Afterlife – a belief that human existence continues after death
Awe  – a sense of wonder in relation to God’s creation or presence
Community  – a group of people who are joined together because they share something in common
God – the ultimate and supreme power given worship
Revelation –  the ways in which God chooses to reveal himself to people
Symbolism –  a representation of an idea through actions or images

Topic 4  Our World  – Exploring creation and our place in the world (Christian and Hindu)
Key concepts studied in this topic:
Creation –  the way in which something is uniquely made
Dominion –  being in charge and having power over others
Environment –  the surroundings of the place in which human beings live
Humanity –  all of the people who live on the Earth
Soul –   the part of human nature which is spiritual in form and influences an individual’s personality
Stewardship –  God given responsibility to care for the world

Unit 2 Religion and Human Experience

Topic 1  Religion and Conflict  Issues of peace, forgiveness and conflict (Christian and Islam)
Key concepts studied in this topic:
Conflict  –  clashes and breakdowns of relationships
Interfaith Dialogue –  exploring common grounds between different faith groups
Just War –   a war undertaken to protect the innocent or those being violated and to restore justice and peace
Non-Violent Protest –  showing disapproval without damaging property or causing any threat
Pacifism  –  the belief that any form of violence or war is unacceptable
Reconciliation –  bringing harmony to a situation of disagreement and discord

Topic 2  Religion and Medicine  Issues of medical ethics and the sanctity of life (Christianity and Islam)
Key concepts studied in this topic:
Conscience –  an innate moral sense that guides actions and responses
Free will  –  the belief that nothing is determined
Hippocratic Oath –  A special promise made by those working in medicine to do their best to preserve a life
Medical Ethics –  the moral principles that affect medical issues and practice
Quality of life –  the extent to which life is meaningful and pleasurable
Sanctity of life –  life is precious and utterly priceless

Topic 3  Religious Expression  Issues of expressing one’s faith (Christian and Islam)
Key concepts studied in this topic:
Community –  a group of people who are joined together because they share something in common
Evangelism  – spreading a faith or religion to others
Faith  –  to have trust or confidence
Identity  –  the sense of who you are in terms of attitudes, character and personality
Pilgrimage –  a form of spiritual adventure
Sacred –   something to be revered or respected above other things

Topic 4  Authority—Religion & State  Issues of law and order in religion and society (Christian and Islam)
Key concepts studied in this topic:
Authority  –  right or power over others
Duty   –  something you do because it is the accepted pattern of behaviour
Human Rights –  something a person is entitled to because they are human
Justice –   where everyone has equal provisions and opportunity
Personal Conviction – something a person strongly feels or believes in
Punishment  – a penalty given to someone for a crime or wrong they have done

Assessment is through external written examinations. One examination per unit, two in total. Each examination lasts 1 hour 45minutes.

Exam Information:

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in RELIGIOUS STUDIES
http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/gcse/

Pupils undertaking GCSE RE in 2017:

WJEC Religious Education Specification B
http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/religious-studies-gcse/religious-studies-b.html

For further information concerning content or curriculum timetabling please contact Mrs J Cooper.