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
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

Compulsory RE Year 9 and 10

All students in Year 9 and 10 follow the GCSE (Short Course) Edexcel ‘Religion and Life’ course. 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. Believing in God
2. Marriage and Family Life
3. Matters of Life and Death
4. Community Cohesion

Full Course RE Key Stage 4 GCSE

Religious Studies is also available to study as a Full Course GCSE. The two units are ‘Religion and Life’ and ‘Religion and Society.’ In addition to what is outlined above, students will study the following:

1. Crime and Punishment
2. Rights and Responsibilities
3. Environmental and Medical Issues
4. Peace and Conflict

Year 7 will be assessed through a baseline test in September, two home learning projects that are set throughout the year. In addition to these there will be an end of year examination in May.

Year 8 will be assessed through end of unit assessments and two home learning projects that are set throughout the year. In addition to these there will be an end of year examination in May.

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 on a Thursday Lunchtime in H2. Students will examine important philosophical questions and debate different points of view.

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

Year 7 – There are two six week home learning tasks during the year where students are assessed against the attainment levels. One is set in the autumn term and is based upon the study of Greek/Roman and Egyptian gods. The other is set in the spring term and is based upon the life of Jesus.

Year 8 – There are two six week home learning tasks during the year where students are assessed against the attainment levels. One is set in the autumn term and is based upon the study of Holy Books. The other is set in the spring term and is based on the topic of British Values.

Years 9 and 10 – Home learning is set to support the learning of the Religion and Life course. 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, Mr Webb, Miss Batters

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.

Year 9 and 10

The following themes are studied in Years 9 and 10:

1. Rights and Responsibilities
2. Power, Politics and the Media
3. The Global Community

Knowledge and Understanding of these themes will be assessed through a one-hour examination (20%).

Within this year students will participate in an activity that aims to raise Citizenship issues, either in the School or the local community. This will be assessed as their Controlled Assessment (30%). It can be completed at any time within the two years and internally assessed, however external assessment will take place at the end of year 11.

Year 11

Students will study one of the above themes in greater depth. Their knowledge and understanding will be assessed in two one-hour examinations (40%) at the end of year 11.

Within this year students will participate in a campaign to advance one particular Citizenship issue. This will be assessed as their Controlled Assessment (30%). It can be completed at any time within the year and internally assessed, however external assessment will take place at the end of year 11.

The following links are particularly useful websites for researching information and religious attitudes to the RE topics that are being studied.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/

Citizenship:
A*-A – 29%
A*-C – 86%
A*-G – 100%

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