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Religious Education & Ethics

Religious education 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 pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Religious education encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. Religious education encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.

Religious education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

Key Stage 3 curriculum and assessment

Students will undertake a number of different enquiries across the three year KS3 period.

In Year 7 students will be given the foundational knowledge of the major world faiths. The KS3 curriculum is outlined below.

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 What are the stories of the Torah?What do the Abrahamic faiths believe?What do the Dharmic faiths believe?
Unit8.18.28.3
 Why is there evil and suffering in the world?What does it mean to be a religious person in the UK?What happens when we die?
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 How do we make ethical decisions?Does religion cause conflict?How have beliefs inspired change?

Students will be assessed throughout the year and will complete two formal written assessment points.

Key Stage 4 curriculum and assessment

We study the Eduqas GCSE RE specification

Topics studied include:

Paper

 

Content%of final grade
 

Paper 1

 

 

Religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world

Theme 1: Issues of relationships

Theme 2: Issues of life after death

Theme 3: Issues of good and evil

Theme 4: Issues of human rights

 

50%

 

Paper 2

 

 

Study of Christianity

Christian beliefs

Christian practices

 

25%

 

Paper 3

 

Study of a World Faith

Islamic beliefs

Islamic practices

 

25%

Pathways beyond school – where could this subject take you?

Studying ethics and philosophy at GCSE opens up a whole range of opportunities post-16 study. Apart from helping form well informed, well-rounded citizens, ethics and philosophy provides a route into careers ranging from law and education, to journalism, media and many public service roles.