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Religious Studies

This subject provides students with the key skills necessary to be successful at school and in life, encouraging students to give their views and opinions whilst developing the skills of reasoning, enquiry and evaluation.

 

Learning Journey

Key Stage 3

Students in KS3 are set one piece of homework per topic, of which there are 3 per year. The homework’s are designed to take an extended period of time and students will normally be given about 3 weeks to complete them. The homework’s are designed to add on to and extend the knowledge students are learning in class and the content of the homework will be able to be used in the end of topic assessment. Each homework allows students to go above and beyond in order to gain LOR’s. Further challenge homework’s can be obtained from the challenge board in each RS classroom.

YEAR 7 - Students study modules in Christianity, World religions Beliefs and Philosophy and Sikhism.Homework - Religious festivals. 

YEAR 8 -Students study modules in Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, Religion Peace and Conflict, Philosophy and the afterlife. Homework - Why do most religions share the concept of an ‘afterlife’? Exploring life after death through religious and non-religious ideas.

YEAR 9 - Students study an Ethics module looking at scholars such as Joseph Fletcher and Jeremy Bentham and their reactions to moral issues such as abortion and euthanasia. They also study units in Alternative religions and different types of Christianity. Homework - Students will complete a study in Why do people change their religious beliefs?

HOMEWORK - The Gable Hall RE departmental policy for homework involves extended projects at Years 7, 8 and 9. The Year 7 project is set towards the end of October and is based around Religious festivals. The Year 8 project is based on exploring life after death through religious and non-religious ideas. Year 9 homework research students research and explore the idea on why do people change their religious beliefs?

Year 7:Religious Festivals: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zdtyON8gxpnfFwtShqxqw6OtIRLo0XuW/view?usp=sharing 

Year 8: Why do most religions share the concept of an ‘afterlife’? Exploring life after death through religious and non-religious ideas: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d9wZ25S8Lg1JTNEuQ6NfkQsBo1lL5_lz/view?usp=sharing 

Year 9: Why do people change their religious beliefs? https://drive.google.com/file/d/15GHUb-0uhIRMcJNppMzi_ZZT_DDmylxE/view?usp=sharing 

 

KS3 Curricukum Map

Key Stage 4

At Gable Hall Religious Studies is a rigorous academic subject that engages students in asking questions as well as answering them. The study of key questions surrounding human existence is part of our curriculum, we also examine the beliefs of different world faiths.

This subject provides students with the key skills necessary to be successful at school and in life, encouraging students to give their views and opinions whilst developing the skills of reasoning, enquiry and evaluation.

GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES
GCSE full course Religious Studies is an option subject that is studied in Years 10 and 11. Students have 5 hours of lessons spread over 2 weeks with two final exams taking place at the end of Year 11. The final mark is based 100% on exam results. There is no coursework.

Students use the AQA specification the content of which is detailed below. Students take 2 exams at the end of Year 11 both 1 hour 45 minutes long.

COMPONENT 1; STUDY OF RELIGION; BELIEFS AND PRACTICES
Students study Christianity and Islam and look at topics such as prayer, pilgrimage, festivals, the nature of God, baptism, communion, the five pillars, prophets and the Crucifixion.

COMPONENT 1; THEMATIC STUDY
Students study four themes. Within each theme they look at the relevance of different topics both in today’s society as well as within Christianity and Islam.

Crime and Punishment; Forgiveness, Capital and Corporal Punishment.
Religion and Life; Abortion, Euthanasia, Life after death.
Peace and Conflict; War, Pacifism, Violent Protest, WMDs, Just and Holy War.
Relationships and Family; Marriage, Divorce, Children, Sexual Preferences.

HOMEWORK
At Key Stage 4 homework is focused towards building knowledge through extra reading and tasks as well as preparation for assessments. Homework may involve a practice exam question, research on an upcoming topic or use of a revision document in preparation for an assessment. Homework will be geared primarily to aid in the end of unit assessment which takes place on average once a half term.
 

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