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Faculty Introduction:

In accordance with the Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus, approximately 20 weeks are spent on the Christianity units in each of Years 7, 8 and 9, and approximately 15 weeks on Hinduism (Year 7), 15 weeks on Judaism (Year 8) and 15 weeks on Islam (Year 9). This is to provide a balance between Christianity and other religions. At the end of Year 9, 5 weeks are spent on a school designed unit, which covers moral issues.

The teaching of Religious Education throughout Key Stage 3 is based on objectivity and the promoting of tolerance and diversity. Through RE students learn about religion in order to understand what it means to be religious. Students also develop skills such as enquiry, interpretation, reflection, empathy, expression, evaluation, analysis and application. All students are encouraged to form and express their own views and opinions and to listen to and acknowledge the views of others. In all of the units, the teaching focuses on issues that are relevant to today’s world, from the environment to the conflict in the Middle East, in order to make the subject accessible and interesting to students.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Students are taught for two lessons across the fortnight. The main topics covered are:

  • Christian Ways of Life
  • Judaism as a living religion

Throughout the topics students:

  • Study Christian beliefs and teachings on justice, suffering, love and service and forgiveness and how they affect the lives of individuals and communities
  • Investigate inspirational people and understand the motivation of Christians to certain lifestyles / actions, and relate these to their own life by expressing how their own beliefs affect their actions
  • Investigate how some key Christian beliefs and teachings on the environment are shared by different religions.
  • Study how Christian beliefs about suffering can be expressed in a variety of forms, in the context of different groupings and traditions.
  • Explore the key beliefs of Jews and how these beliefs act the lives of believers.

Assessment:

Students are assessed continuously throughout the different units, using expectations statements and level descriptors to level pieces of class and homework. Tasks are varied to take into account varied learning styles, for example, written, verbal and visual.

Homework:

  • Homework is set every week for all students in accordance with the College policy and homework timetable.
  • Homework tasks are carefully planned to reflect the different skills areas.
  • Each homework is clearly linked to the learning which takes place in lessons and there is a purpose, value and benefit to each homework that is set
  • Teachers endeavour to set a range of types homework tasks across the academic year
  • Homework is marked regularly and frequently, and teachers provide students with feedback.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

  • Project on Outstanding Christian leaders
  • Trip to Reform and Orthodox Synagogues in London
  • Humanities G&T carousel club

Faculty Introduction:

In accordance with the Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus, approximately 20 weeks are spent on the Christianity units in each of Years 7, 8 and 9, and approximately 15 weeks on Hinduism (Year 7), 15 weeks on Judaism (Year 8) and 15 weeks on Islam (Year 9). This is to provide a balance between Christianity and other religions. Halfway through Year 9, we devote 6 weeks to a school designed unit, which covers moral issues and offers students an insight into the GCSE Applied Ethics and Philosophy course.

The teaching of Religious Education throughout Key Stage 3 is based on objectivity and the promoting of tolerance and diversity. Through RE students learn about religion in order to understand what it means to be religious. Students also develop skills such as enquiry, interpretation, reflection, empathy, expression, evaluation, analysis and application. All students are encouraged to form and express their own views and opinions and to listen to and acknowledge the views of others. In all of the units, the teaching focuses on issues that are relevant to today’s world, from the environment to the conflict in the Middle East, in order to make the subject accessible and interesting to students.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Students are taught for two lessons across the fortnight. The main topics covered are:

  • Christian teachings on origins, purpose and destiny
  • Introduction to GCSE Philosophy and Ethics
  • Islam

Throughout these topics students:

  • Study the main beliefs of Christianity regarding origins, purpose and destiny and how they affect the lives of individuals and communities.
  • Articulate their own views on questions of meaning and purpose – relating these to the opinions and thoughts of religious believers and giving reasons for any conclusions drawn.
  • Study how historical and cultural contexts impact on responses to questions of meaning and purpose.
  • Evaluate religious and other views on human identity and experience and questions of meaning and purpose, using appropriate examples.
  • Explore the key beliefs of Muslims and how these beliefs act the lives of believers.

Assessment:

Students are assessed continuously throughout the different units, using expectations statements and level descriptors to level pieces of class and homework. Tasks are varied to take into account varied learning styles, for example, written, verbal and visual..

Homework:

  • Homework is set every week for all students in accordance with the College policy and homework timetable.
  • Homework tasks are carefully planned to reflect the different skills areas.
  • Each homework is clearly linked to the learning which takes place in lessons and there is a purpose, value and benefit to each homework that is set
  • Teachers endeavour to set a range of types homework tasks across the academic year
  • Homework is marked regularly and frequently, and teachers provide students with feedback.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

  • Trip to a Mosque
  • Humanities G&T carousel club

Faculty Introduction:

At KS4, Religious Education is delivered as a full GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics for five lessons a fortnight. In Year 10 students study 4 units in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from a Christian View and sit a 2 hour exam paper at the end of Year 11. In Year 11 students study Beliefs and Teachings & Practices of Christianity as well as Beliefs and Teachings & Practices of Islam and sit a further two exam papers (1 hour each).
Philosophy and Ethics provides an opportunity for students to build upon the foundations of Key Stage Three Religious Education.
Philosophy and Ethics enables students to:

  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
  • Explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, engage with them intellectually and respond personally
  • Enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and well being
  • Enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world and to contribute to social and community cohesion
  • Develop their interest in 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.
  • Gain an understanding of the beliefs of Christianity and how they impact on cultural and social issues in the community and family.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

In Year 10 students will study four units as follows:

  • Relationships and Families
  • Relationships and Families
  • Men and Women
  • Equality
  • The Existence of God
  • The Question of God
  • The Nature of Reality
  • Experiencing God
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Violence and Conflict
  • Peace Making
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Dialogue on Religious Beliefs
  • Challenges for Religion
  • Dialogue between Religions
  • Dialogue with Religious and Non – Religious groups

In Year 11 students will study two units as follows:

Beliefs and Teachings of Christianity
  • The Nature of God
  • The Trinity
  • Biblical Creation
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Jesus Christ
  • The Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension
  • Salvation
  • Eschatology

Practices in Christianity

  • Worship
  • Sacraments
  • Prayer
  • Pilgrimage and Celebrations
  • The Church in the Community
  • Mission
  • The Church in the World

Beliefs and Teachings of Islam

  • Core Beliefs
  • Nature of Allah
  • Prophethood
  • Books
  • Angels
  • Eschatology
  • Life After Death

Practices in Islam

  • Importance of Practices
  • Public Worship
  • Private Worship
  • Hajj
  • Zakah
  • Sawm
  • Festivals
  • Jihad

Assessment:

  • Paper 1: Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from a Christian view (2 hours – 50%)
  • Paper 2: Beliefs and Teachings & Practices of Christianity (1 hour – 25%)
  • Paper 3: Beliefs and Teachings & Practices of Islam (1 hour – 25%)

Homework:

  • Homework tasks are carefully planned to reflect the different skills areas.
  • Each homework is clearly linked to the learning which takes place in lessons and there is a purpose, value and benefit to each homework that is set
  • Teachers endeavour to set a range of types homework tasks across the academic year
  • Homework is marked regularly and frequently, and teachers provide students with feedback.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

  • Guest speakers to offer expert opinion of the topics being covered.
  • Revision on Thursday and Friday lunchtime.


Last updated: 27 Aug 2019