Religious Education

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Year 10 RE: Visit to St James & All Saints Christ Church

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As part of GCSE RE, Pupils in Year 10 will be visiting St James & All Saints Christ Church on Friday 9th March 2018 from 1.30 pm – 2.40 pm.

Pupils are currently studying prayer and worship in the 'Practises' part of the GCSE RE curriculum. Girls will be given the opportunity to ask questions regarding Christianity to support their RE Syllabus.

We are grateful to Revd. Juliet Jansen for kindly accommodating the visit.

Posted: 7th March 2018

Year 7 - Visit to Cheltenham Jewish Congregation

Year 7 pupils will be visiting a Synagogue in Cheltenham on Thursday 30th November as part of RE KS3 work on features of places of worship.

http://www.cheltenhamsynagogue.org.uk/

Posted: 3rd November 2017

RE Guest Speaker

Rev. Juliet Jensen (St. James Church)

Rev. Juliet Jansen was invited to deliver a Year 10 RE lesson on Christianity.

Friday 13th October 2017

Lesson Plan

Schemes of Work 2015/2016

Year 7

Term 5

Term 4

Term 3

Term 2

Term 1

Year 8

Term 5

Term 4

Term 3

Term 2

Term 1

Year 9 GCSE Scheme & Year 9 KS3 Scheme

Term 6

Term 5

Term 5

Term 4

Term 4

Term 3

Term 3

Term 2

Term 2

Term 1

Term 1

Term 1

Year 10

Term 6

Term 5

Term 2

Term 1

Year 11

Term 4 and 5

Term 3

Term 2

Term 1

Yom Kippur Assembly

Jill Rosenheim, Chair of Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community will be taking assembly on Monday 21st September. She will speak about Yom Kippur (Day of Attonement - Most sacred and solemn day in the Jewish Calendar).

For more info visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/judaism/yom_kippur.shtml

World Faith Calendar

Overview

R.E. at KS3 and KS4 was introduced from September 2015. We following the agreed R.E. syllabus produced by SACRE. Please click on the link below for more details.

R.E. syllabus for KS3

KS3

In Key Stage 3, religious education focuses on engaging students in developing a broader understanding of beliefs and the impact of religion on people’s lives and on society. Through their study, students work towards two key attainment targets; ‘learning about religion’ and ‘learning from religion’ and as result, are expected to:

  • deepen their understanding of important beliefs, concepts and issues of truth and authority in religion;
  • apply their understanding of religious and philosophical beliefs, teachings and practices to a range of ultimate questions and ethical issues, with a focus on self-awareness, relationships, rights and responsibilities;
  • enquire into and explain some personal, philosophical, theological and cultural reasons for similarities and differences in religious beliefs and values, both within and between religions;
  • interpret religious texts and other sources, recognising both the power and limitations of language and other forms of communication in expressing ideas and beliefs;
  • reflect upon the impact of religion in the world, considering both the importance of interfaith dialogue and the tensions that exist within and between religions and beliefs;
  • develop their evaluative skills, showing reasoned and balanced viewpoints when considering their own and others’ responses to religious, philosophical and spiritual issues.

KS4

Religious Education at key Stage 4 is a thriving subject in which all topics are clearly structured to provide a fast-paced and challenging lesson that deals honestly with the basic questions of life.

The Religious department has inspired great interest leading to outstanding GCSE results with up to 100% of girls attaining A*-C grades reflect the department’s excellent reputation for teaching and learning, and the support that students receive if required.

All Pupils are offered the opportunity to undertake the full course Religious Studies which will be studied from year 9 all the way through to year 11.

Religious Studies encourages students to think about their own beliefs through the exploration of other major faiths. It enables the students to foster deeper understanding of religious and moral view points. Key beliefs of major Faiths – secular world views - in particular a humanist approach to life are also examined. This will allow the students to bear the differing views of others and the right of others to hold views which are different to their own.

Religious Studies Students will leave with a lifelong appreciation of the central role faith has and aid greater tolerance and respect for the wider community.

The subject offers great scope for learning about, and learning from, different religious backgrounds, through classroom study, stimulating ideas and visits to local places of worship.

Students learn individually and in collaborative group situations, developing analytical skills and debating skills.

Programme of Study

AQA Specification 2018 - Religious Studies A (8062)

Students must take assessments in the following two components in the same series:

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

Students study two religions:

  • Christianity (Year 9)
  • Islam (Year 10)

This unit requires students to study beliefs, teachings and practices of both religions specified in the specification and their basis in Christian and Islam sources of wisdom and authority. They should be able to refer to scripture and/or sacred texts where appropriate. Students should study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies.

Common and divergent views within Christianity and Islam in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed should be included throughout. Students may refer to a range of different Christian and Islam perspectives in their answers including Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. Including those from Sunni and Shi’a Islam. They must study the specific differences identified in the specification.

Component 2: Thematic studies

This unit requires students to study four religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes based around Christianity and Islam.

  • Relationships and families. (Year 10)
  • Religion and life. (Year 10)
  • Religion, peace and conflict. (Year 11)
  • Religion, crime and punishment. (Year 11)

Students should be aware of different religious perspectives on the issues studied within and / or between religious and non-religious beliefs such as atheism and humanism.

Students must also study religious, philosophical and ethical arguments related to the issues raised, and their impact and influence on the modern world.

Students will be expected to show their understanding of religion through the application of teachings from religion and beliefs. They will also be expected to make specific references to sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts. They may refer to any relevant religious text such as the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or the Qur’an and Hadith.