RE

The RE Department at The Wilnecote School aims to inspire students whilst developing an intellectual curiosity about current affairs and ethical issues, as well as philosophical questions and religious and cultural beliefs. We do this by exploring a range of topics such as “Is war ever right?”, “How should society respond to evil?” and what is the best way to mark significant points in one’s life journey. Lessons contain a rich variety of sources which include case studies, personal testimony, photographs, written text, video clips and debating skills. Students delve into the issue of how societies decide what is right and wrong and the need to evaluate critically the views of others.  Students are also taught to recognise the complex relationships that exist between political, religious and secular authorities.

A variety of skills are practised in lessons and cross curricular links are made with lessons such as Science, Maths, English and ICT to enable students to deepen their understanding further.

Students receive one lesson of RE a week.

They will study the following topics in each year:

 

AUTUMN TERM

 

SPRING TERM

 

SUMMER TERM

YEAR 7 Is God real?

 

Who is the best leader? Rites of passage and ceremonies (secular and religious)
YEAR  8 Is war ever justified? / Is Christmas pointless? Is it easier to be a Hindu or a Muslim in Britain today? Why might someone choose to become a Buddhist?
YEAR 9 Life after death Good and Evil (including the Rwandan genocide) Holocaust Studies

 

The KS3 programme of study is designed to ensure that students have the skills and understanding to access the GCSE syllabus at KS4.

Fieldwork

There is the opportunity for students to take part in fieldwork. This is invaluable as it not only allows the students to put their prior learning into practice but relate their theoretical lessons to the real world. Students currently participate in the following fieldwork:

YEAR 9 Holocaust Centre

 

How are the students assessed?

In KS3, at the end of each topic, students will usually sit a timed examination consisting of questions based on the content and skills that they have learnt. Other forms of assessment include extended written answers/investigations and presentations.

The GCSE RE course that is followed is the AQA Religious Studies A specification – Christianity (75%) and Islam (25%) (8062).

At KS4, students receive five lessons of RE a fortnight.

Students commence this course at the start of Year 10, through to the end of Year 11.

The GCSE qualification assists students in becoming a Religious Studies specialist. It is ideal for anyone who has an interest in Philosophy and Ethics and would like to pursue the subject at A-Level or use it in a career. It also enables the students to develop many skills such as analysis and evaluation, presentation and debate, problem solving, and decision making.  These skills are all desirable for future employment opportunities.  Law, management and public service are among the progression routes for students who have succeeded at RE courses.

Students will study the following topics as part of the course:

AUTUMN TERM SPRING TERM SUMMER TERM
YEAR 10 Relationships and family (contraception, sexual relationships, marriage, family), Islam Beliefs Religion, Peace and Conflict (war, violence, terrorism), Islam Practices Crime and Punishment, Christianity Beliefs (1)
YEAR 11 Christianity Beliefs (2), Religion and Life (medical ethics) Christianity Practices, Revision of Islam Exam practice and final revision

 

 

How are the students assessed?

Students will sit two examination papers at the end of Year 11 when the course concludes:

Paper 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices – Christianity and Islam (1 hour 45 minutes) worth 50% of the GCSE course

Paper 2: Thematic Studies – students answer on four philosophical and ethical themes (1 hour 45 minutes) worth 50% of the GCSE course

EXAM BOARD

AQA Religious Studies A (8062)http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

Key Stage 3

Students receive one lesson of RE a week.

They will study the following topics in each year:

 

AUTUMN TERM

 

SPRING TERM

 

SUMMER TERM

YEAR 7 Is God real?

 

Who is the best leader? Rites of passage and ceremonies (secular and religious)
YEAR  8 Is war ever justified? / Is Christmas pointless? Is it easier to be a Hindu or a Muslim in Britain today? Why might someone choose to become a Buddhist?
YEAR 9 Life after death Good and Evil (including the Rwandan genocide) Holocaust Studies

 

The KS3 programme of study is designed to ensure that students have the skills and understanding to access the GCSE syllabus at KS4.

Fieldwork

There is the opportunity for students to take part in fieldwork. This is invaluable as it not only allows the students to put their prior learning into practice but relate their theoretical lessons to the real world. Students currently participate in the following fieldwork:

YEAR 9 Holocaust Centre

 

How are the students assessed?

In KS3, at the end of each topic, students will usually sit a timed examination consisting of questions based on the content and skills that they have learnt. Other forms of assessment include extended written answers/investigations and presentations.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE RE course that is followed is the AQA Religious Studies A specification – Christianity (75%) and Islam (25%) (8062).

At KS4, students receive five lessons of RE a fortnight.

Students commence this course at the start of Year 10, through to the end of Year 11.

The GCSE qualification assists students in becoming a Religious Studies specialist. It is ideal for anyone who has an interest in Philosophy and Ethics and would like to pursue the subject at A-Level or use it in a career. It also enables the students to develop many skills such as analysis and evaluation, presentation and debate, problem solving, and decision making.  These skills are all desirable for future employment opportunities.  Law, management and public service are among the progression routes for students who have succeeded at RE courses.

Students will study the following topics as part of the course:

AUTUMN TERM SPRING TERM SUMMER TERM
YEAR 10 Relationships and family (contraception, sexual relationships, marriage, family), Islam Beliefs Religion, Peace and Conflict (war, violence, terrorism), Islam Practices Crime and Punishment, Christianity Beliefs (1)
YEAR 11 Christianity Beliefs (2), Religion and Life (medical ethics) Christianity Practices, Revision of Islam Exam practice and final revision

 

 

How are the students assessed?

Students will sit two examination papers at the end of Year 11 when the course concludes:

Paper 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices – Christianity and Islam (1 hour 45 minutes) worth 50% of the GCSE course

Paper 2: Thematic Studies – students answer on four philosophical and ethical themes (1 hour 45 minutes) worth 50% of the GCSE course

EXAM BOARD

AQA Religious Studies A (8062)http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062