Religious Education (RE)

 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage three students are taught Religious Education as discreet subject by a specialist teacher over 2 periods per fortnight.

Subjects
 Term  Year 7    Year 8  Year 9 
 Autumn  What is RE?
 The Rise of Christianity
 Faith in Action  Suffering and Introduction to The Holocaust
 Spring  Religion and Art  Sikhism  The Holocaust
 Rites of Passage
 Summer  Inspirational Islam  How do we respond to the World?  Moral Issues

 

Religious Education Level Ladders

Year 7

 Strand For Starters  Year 7 
 AT1 - Using vocabulary       

Using a developing religious vocabulary to describe some key features of religions.

 

Make links between beliefs and sources, including religious stories and sacred texts.

Begin to identify the impact religion has on believers' lives (Level 3).

 Make use of religious vocabulary (Level 4)
 AT1 - Showing knowledge of religion  Begin to show an understanding of what people believe in (Level 4)
 AT1 - Diversity  Identify different responses within and between religions (Level 4)
 AT1 - Using religious sources  Make use of religious sources to begin to support ideas and practices (level 4)

 AT1 - Impact of believing
 AT2 - Challenges of belief

 Describe the impact of religion on people's lives (Level 4)
 AT2 - Expressing opinions  Begin to express personal responses (Level 4)

Year 8

 Strand Year 8  
 ATI - Using vocabulary  Make use of an increasing amount of religious vocabulary (Level 5/6).
 AT1 - Showing knowledge of religion  Explain the views and practices of someone else (including religion and belief) (Level 5/6).
 AT1 - Diversity  Recognise and explore different responses within and between religions (Level 6).
 AT1 - Using religious sources  Use religious sources to support ideas and practices e.g. someone believes 'x' because in The Bible it says... (Level 5)

 AT1 - Impact of believing

 AT2 - Challenges of belief

 Identify how following a religion may affect people
 AT2 - Expressing opinions  Express personal responses with less developed reasons, in response to learning about religion (Level 5).

Year 9

 Strand   Year 9   To Stretch   Challenge 
 AT1 – Using vocabulary  Make use of religious vocabulary to give informed accounts (Level 6).  Make accurate use of religious vocabulary to show a coherent understanding (Level 7).       AT1: Critical analysis and evaluation of concepts/issues etc raised by learning about religion and belief, showing an understanding of context (Level 8) AT2: Comprehensive balanced and fully justified responses to learning about religion and belief (Level 8).
 AT1 – Showing knowledge of religion  Interpret and speculate about religious responses based on their knowledge of religion and beliefs (Level 6).  Provide coherent and critical explanations of religions and beliefs (Level 7).
 AT1 – Diversity  Give details about how people within and between traditions respond differently and why (Level 6/7).  Engage with philosophical and moral debates, showing coherent understanding of a range of responses (Level 7).
 AT1 – Using religious sources  Interpret religious sources explaining how they are used differently (Level 6).  Evaluate the use of a variety of religious sources (Level 7).
 AT1 – Impact of believing
 AT2 – Challenges of belief
 Identify and explain the impact and challenges of belonging to a religion today (Level 6).  Discuss the significance of religious and other views for individuals and for society (Level 7).
 AT2 – Expressing opinions  Give detailed and reasoned explanations of personal responses to learning about religion (Level 6).  Give personal and critical responses to learning about religion using examples and evidence (Level 7).

 

AQA Specification B Religious Education GCSE

Course Information

The course is an exam based course with no coursework and is sat as two separate examinations both 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. Both exams are sat at the end of year 11. Each of these papers is worth 50% of the total mark. At AVS we follow the AQA syllabus B for RE.

The course is designed to enable students to:

  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
  • Explore religions and beliefs, reflect upon fundamental questions, engage with them intellectually and respond personally
  • Enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and wellbeing
  • Enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world to contribute to social and community cohesion;
  • Develop their interest and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world;
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.

Religious Attitudes to the Elderly and Death Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse Religious Attitudes to Matters of Life (Medical Ethics) Within this topic students will explore issues such as genetic engineering, designer babies, in vitro fertilisation (IVF), transplant surgery and cloning.

Religious Attitudes to the Elderly and Death Within this topic students will explore issues such as the concepts of sanctity and quality of life, the role of the family in caring for the elderly, and the law concerning euthanasia. Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment Within this topic students will explore issues such as religious beliefs about law and order, the debate surrounding the causes of crime, the aims of punishment and the concept of right and wrong. Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse Within this topic students will explore issues such as religious attitudes towards drug abuse, legally accepted drugs, reasons why illegal drugs may be taken and the law concerning drugs.

Year 11

In Year 11 students study Religion and Citizenship, which covers the following topics

Religion and Relationships

Within this topic students will explore issues such as human sexuality, religious attitudes to contraception, religious understanding of the purpose of marriage and religious attitudes to divorce.

Religion and Work

Within this topic students will explore issues such as religious attitudes to the purpose and importance of work, careers, business and enterprise and the importance of voluntary work.

Religion and Identity

Within this topic students will explore issues such as the concept of what it is to be human, the purpose and meaning of life, identity as a follower of faith and religious attitudes to healthy living.

Religion and Human Rights

Within this topic students will explore issues such as religious attitudes to the law and human rights, the Declaration of Human Rights, and case studies on contemporary local and national human rights issues.