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Staff

Lead Teacher: Mrs C Keay

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

Across both year 7 and year 8 students have the opportunity to study different world religions and investigate some of the ways in which others express their religious belief and commitment to God.  In year 8, as well as completing a comparative study of the Abrahamic faiths, students investigate some contemporary issues and develop their own reasoned responses to these.

In addition, the school uses the Lichfield Diocesan RE Guidelines, “Understanding Christianity” resources and other appropriate materials to enhance teaching and learning.

To prepare for the changes made at Key Stage 4, schemes of work in Key Stage 3 have been adapted to coincide with the course structure and assessment at GCSE level.

Students are encouraged to continually practise their writing skills and each assessment helps students to draw on their knowledge and understanding in order to access the more complex skills of analysis and evaluation.

Students have 2 lessons of Religious Education a week.


Key Stage 4: Years 9-11

Students follow the AQA GCSE course from year 9 to year 11.  The majority of students follow a full course GCSE, with some students following a short course due to their individual options pathways. 

Full Course:

Paper 1 - Beliefs, teachings and Practices – 1 hour 45 minutes

Students are required to study two religions in depth. We study Christianity and Islam.

Paper 2 - Ethical Studies – 1 hour 45 minutes

Students are required to focus on one religion for this unit. We will focus upon Christianity.

-       Religion and Life

-       Religion, Peace and Conflict

-       Religion, Crime and Punishment

-       Religions, Relationships and Families

Short Course:

Paper 1 – Beliefs and teachings - 50 minutes

Students are required to study two religions in depth. We study Christianity and Islam.

Paper 2 - Ethical Studies – 50 minutes

Students are required to focus on one religion for this unit. We will focus upon Christianity.

-       Religion, Peace and Conflict

-       Religions, Relationships and Families

Each of these courses are assessed through exams at the end of the course and there are no controlled assessments or coursework.

All students have 2 lessons of Religious Education a week in year 9.  Full course students continue to have 2 lessons per week in years 10 and 11 whilst short course have 1 per week.

Opportunities

Religious Education is an interesting and stimulating subject and students should expect to enjoy their studies. Much of the material is thought provoking and demanding and lessons often involve discussion and debate.

Students should feel confident to express themselves freely and respect the comments and opinions of others.