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Religious Education

RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

It develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the major faiths and other world views that offer answers to the questions above.

It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. RE encourages pupils to develop their identity and belonging. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7 study

What are pupils learning in RE?

Year 7 - Term 1 – Expressions of faith

Lesson 1

How are symbols used in religion?

Lesson 2

How did the religions start?

Lesson 3

What makes a good teacher?

Lesson 4

What do non-Christian religions think about Jesus?

Lesson 5

How do the religions use art?

Lesson 6

What will you find in a place of worship?

Lesson 7

What will you find in the homes of some religious people?

Lesson 8

How did the religion develop?

Lesson 9-12

The Big Assignment – produce a guide to a local place of worship.

 

 

 

 

 

What are pupils learning in RE?

Year 7 - Term 2 – Beliefs and teachings about meaning and purpose

Lesson 1

Who am I?

Lesson 2

Where do I belong?

Lesson 3

What is faith?

Lesson 4

What is religion?

Lesson 5

Who or what is God?

Lesson 6

What is life?

Lesson 7

Did the universe have a beginning?

Lesson 8

Will the universe have an end?

Lesson 9-12

The Big Assignment – Present the views of the local community on religion and personal values

 

What are pupils learning in RE?

Year 7 - Term 3 – Ethics and values

Lesson 1

How do we know right from wrong?

Lesson 2

What makes something good?

Lesson 3

What is the Golden Rule?

Lesson 4

What is a moral dilemma?

Lesson 5

How can you solve a moral dilemma?

Lesson 6

What is love?

Lesson 7

What is justice?

Lesson 8

Why forgiveness important?

Lesson 9-12

The Big Assignment – Create a behaviour policy for a school based on the Golden Rule

 

Year 8 study

What are pupils learning in RE?

Year 8 - Term 1 – Ethics and values

Lesson 1

Whose life is it?

Lesson 2

Can war ever be justified?

Lesson 3

What is pacifism?

Lesson 4

Is it ever right to kill?

Lesson 5

Why is there conflict in Israel/Palestine?

Lesson 6

Can terrorists be religious?

Lesson 7

How is religion portrayed in the media?

Lesson 8

What do the religions have in common?

Lesson 9-12

The Big Assignment – design a leaflet for a multi-religious charity promoting Peace

 

What are pupils learning in RE?

Year 8 - Term 2 – Beliefs and teachings about meaning and purpose

Lesson 1

Are religion and science in conflict?

Lesson 2

Where did life come from?

Lesson 3

What do religious people think about evolution?

Lesson 4

Are humans special?

Lesson 5

Is there a purpose to life?

Lesson 6

What is death?

Lesson 7

What is a soul?

Lesson 8

What is reincarnation?

Lesson 9-12

The Big Assignment – Write a report on the relationship between religion and science

What are pupils learning in RE?

Year 8 - Term 3 – Expressions of faith

Lesson 1

Why do religions have special books?

Lesson 2

What is worship?

Lesson 3

How do people celebrate?

Lesson 4

Why do some people fast?

Lesson 5

How is life like a journey?

Lesson 6

How do people celebrate the birth of a baby?

Lesson 7

Is marriage important?

Lesson 8

How do people respond to death?

Lesson 9-12

The Big Assignment – Design a catalogue of religious artefacts for school

Key Stage 4

GCSE course – Every pupil at Banovallum follows the WJEC Full Course GCSE. They have 1 lesson a week in year 9 and 2 lessons a week in Years 10 and 11. They sit 2 papers, 1 called ‘Religion and Life Issues’ and the other is ‘Religion and Human Experience’. The current Year 11 will be the final year to follow this exam and then the new GCSEs come into effect.

This will see the pupils sit 2 exams still but 3 different areas. They will still study a Philosophy and Ethics exam but the second paper will be a study of Christianity and Judaism.

The current Year 11 have studied the following course.

Term 1 - Relationships

Term 2 – Is It Fair?

Term 3 – Looking for meaning

In this unit pupils study issues of love, marriage and divorce.

In this unit pupils study human dignity, rights, equality, wealth and discrimination.

In this unit pupils study issues about God, life and death

 

Term 4 – Our World

Term 5 – Religion and Conflict

Term 6 – Religion and Medicine

In this unit pupils study issues of creation, human beings and the environment.

In this unit pupils study religious practices and teachings about peace and conflict.

In this unit pupils study religious teachings about the importance of life, including abortion, euthanasia, IVF and organ donation.

 

Term 7 – Religion and Authority

Term 8 – Religious Expression

In this unit pupils study various ethical issues relating to authority, religion and the state. Including punishment, the law, capital punishment and personal beliefs.

In this unit pupils study issues about expressing one’s faith. Looking at pilgrimage, places of worship and symbols.

 

 

The new RS GCSE that Year 10 and below are/will study looks like this:

Component 1:Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World

Component 2: Study of Christianity

Component 3: Study of a World Faith

Theme 1: Issues of Relationships

Theme2: Issues of Life and Death

Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil

Theme 4: Issues of Human Rights

Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity

Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Judaism

 

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.

Examination Support 

Mrs Hunter (rm20) Mrs Howarth (room 16) any lunchtime or after school on a Monday or Tuesday

School VLE and WJEC exam board

Useful Websites 

WJEC exam board for past papers and mark schemes

Banovallum School VLE – RE – choose year group

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