Religious education

RE at KS3

Our KS3 curriculum teaches students to:

  • Be aware of and respect the religious beliefs within our academy, the wider community and across the world.
  • Understand key aspects of the six world religions with an in-depth understanding of Christianity.
  • Compare features of religions, analyse religious themes and evaluate the importance of religion in the modern world.
  • Be aware of and appreciate the contributions people of religious faiths have made to the world.
  • Understand and use religious language appropriately.
  • Understand how beliefs affect behaviour.

Key topics covered in Year 7

Focus:

Students will learn a range of views about what RE is.  They will find out about beliefs held within the academy community.  Students will learn how religion developed and spread, what religions have in common and will learn about religious symbols, religious teachings and sources of authority. Students will learn facts about religion in the world today. 

Students will learn about the life of Jesus. They will learn how and where Christians worship as well as about some Christian beliefs and how Christians demonstrate these beliefs through their practices and behaviours. 

Students will learn basic facts about Judaism as well as basic Jewish beliefs and teachings.  Students will learn about the holy books, the synagogue, the founding fathers and festivals alongside Jewish lifestyle, symbols and ethics. 

Key topics:

  • Comparative Religion
  • Christianity (Part 1)
  • Judaism

Year 8

Focus:

Students will learn about the life of Prophet Muhammad and the development of Islam.  Students will learn how Muslims demonstrate their beliefs through their practices and behaviours and will learn about worship in Islam. 

Students will learn about the three eastern religions of Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism, looking at the foundations of these religions, symbols, places, worship and celebrations.
Key topics:

  • Islam (Part 1)
  • Eastern Religions (Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism)

Year 9

Focus:

Students will learn about the life of Prophet Muhammad and the development of Islam.  Students will learn how Muslims demonstrate their beliefs through their practices and behaviours.

Students will learn about the life of Jesus and the foundations of Christianity. Students will learn about some Christian beliefs and how Christians demonstrate these beliefs through their practices and behaviours. 

Key topics:

  • Christianity (Part 2)
  • Islam (Part 2)
GCSE in Religious Studies

Why study this subject?

Religious Studies is a very successful GCSE at the Academy. This GCSE helps improve your understanding about a range of contemporary moral issues and explore the beliefs of people from around the world.

What will I learn?

You will learn about the beliefs teachings and practices of the Christian and Islamic religions.  You will also study four religious, philosophical and ethical themes; Relationships and Families, Religion and Life, Religion, Peace and Conflict and Religion, Crime and Punishment.  You will have the opportunity to meet with visiting speakers and to take part in visits.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your progress and attainment. Regular assessments will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course.  You will always know what grade you are working at and how to improve your performance and progress.

This GCSE is assessed by examination only.  There are two papers each of 1 hour 45 minutes.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

You will achieve a GCSE in Religious Studies at a grade that reflects your work ethic and commitment.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

Religious Education will allow you access to a number of careers and further education pathways. Many employers, especially the police, armed forces and caring professions regard GCSE Religious Studies as a good qualification. It shows you are aware of other people’s beliefs and of the nature of the society you live in, it helps you to work and deal with people of different cultures and beliefs and it helps to remove ignorance, which causes prejudice. Skills you will develop on this course include team working and communication. Success on this course shows that you are interested in and aware of the world in which you live.

Post-16 Progression

A-Level Religious Studies is a challenging A-Level course open to all who achieve a high grade in GCSE Religious Studies. This A-level supports applications to a number of degree options at University, including further study in Religion, Education, Social Sciences, Law and more.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

You can find out more about the qualification by speaking to a member of the RE staff or by looking at the AQA website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

About

King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered number 10654935. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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