Religious Education

Religious Education at the King’s School attempts to be as vibrant and relevant to students as possible. Students receive a learning experience of the global religions through a variety of teaching and learning styles. In addition to this, we aim to provide all students with continual opportunities to explore contemporary moral issues that may have an impact upon their lives.

• Mrs Z Cole – Subject Team Leader of RE and Citizenship
• Miss J Batters – Teacher of RE and History and Citizenship
• Mr T Mitchell – Teacher of RE and Citizenship
• Mr D Webb – Teacher of Religious Education

Year 7
During the first half term, the Religious Education department aims to get students thinking about important questions such as: “What does it mean to be human?” and “Why study RE?” Further topics include Hinduism, Islam in the UK and Christianity. Students will finish the year by looking at global issues connected with poverty and charity. Students are encouraged to reflect on moral teachings of religions and to respond to aspects of religions.

Year 8
In Year 8, students are given the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and understanding of Christianity. They look at the influence and impact that this religion can have upon people’s lives. For example, the life of Nicky Cruz, the religious influence upon the lives of various famous sport personalities.

Students also take an in-depth enquiry into Buddhism and explore ultimate questions about belief in God.

Students will be encouraged to consider the impact that these religions can have on the everyday lives of believers and how they provide answers to questions of meaning and purpose

Most students in Year 9 and 10 undertake a Short Course Qualification in Religious Studies Edexcel. This has been designed to make students think analytically about many moral and contemporary issues in today’s society. It is delivered through one lesson per week.

The units covered are as follows:

1. Christian Beliefs
2. Marriage and Family Life
3. Muslim Beliefs
4. Crime and Punishment

Full Course RE Key Stage 4 GCSE

Religious Studies is also available to study as a Full Course GCSE. In addition to what is outlined above, students will study the following:

1. Living the Christian Life
2. Matters of Life and Death
3. Living the Muslim Life
4. Peace and Conflict

Year 7 and 8 will be assessed through a baseline test in September and then at regular intervals during the school year in accordance with the King’s School standards.

Year 9 will be studying the GCSE Short Course and will therefore be assessed through end of unit tests. They shall have an end of year examination in May.
Year 10 will continue to be assessed through end of unit tests. Their final examination is in May.

Young Philosopher’s Club is starting soon on a Thursday Lunchtime in H7. Students will examine important philosophical questions and debate different points of view.

In addition, school trips are being planned to reflect topics which are studied.

Year 7 and 8 – Home learning is set to underpin and extend the learning in the classroom. Students should expect to have a variety of home learning tasks. These can vary from research tasks, creative tasks, baking, sculpture and much more!

Years 9 and 10 – Home learning is set to support the learning of the Short Course GCSE. Students are encouraged to make revision notes. In addition, there will be essay based work in preparation for the examination

Students can study Citizenship at GCSE

Teaching Staff: Mrs Cole, Miss Batters and Mr Mitchell

Citizenship is the study of a wide range of political, social and ethical issues that affect society today (locally and globally). The course is particularly designed for students who are interested in a career in the Police Force, Media, Politics, Law or Business.

Topics covered are as

1. Living together in the UK

2. Human rights in the community

3. Immigration

Democracy at work in the UK

1. Elections

2. Westminster

3. How laws are made

Law and Justice

1. What is law?

2. Criminal and civil law

3. Young people and the justice system

4. Crime in the UK

5. How criminal courts work

Taking Citizenship Action

1. Students will identify an issue in the local community and carry out a campaign to address the situation.

In Years 9 and 10 you will participate in an activity that aims to raise Citizenship issues, either in the School or the local community. In Year 11 you will study a citizenship theme in greater depth. Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by examination. In addition, you will take part in another campaign to advance one particular Citizenship issue.
The following links are particularly useful websites for researching information and religious attitudes to the RE topics that are being studied.

A*-A – 29%
A*-C – 86%
A*-G – 100%


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