Key Stage 3

The aim of the KS3 RE curriculum is to enable students to study the different aspects of religion – the nature of God, Prayer, Worship and Sacred space – and then apply this knowledge to some of the major world religions and famous religious figures. In Year 7 the units of work are: Believe it or not, What is so radical about Jesus? and What is challenging about being a religious believer? In Year 8 the units of work are: Islam, Is death the end? and Sikhism whilst in Year 9 the units of work are Why is there suffering?, Judaism and the Holocaust and Hinduism.

Students do a series of assessed tasks over the course of each unit, some completed in class and some at home. There is also an extended homework project which students complete for each unit.

Key Stage 4

Students can opt for an accredited GCSE course in RE (Edexcel Religious Studies Specification B). The course comprises eight units; these are Christian Beliefs, Marriage and Family in Christianity, Muslim Beliefs, Peace and Conflict in Islam, Living the Christian Life, Matters of Life and Death in Christianity, Living the Muslim Life and Crime and Punishment in Islam. Students sit two exams at the end of Year 11; there is no coursework option. Students will also sit exams in Year 10 and 11 to assess their progress and to give them experience of formal exams; these do not count towards their final grade.

All students also follow a core course of RE and PSHE which fulfils the statutory nature of RE in the curriculum; this course will be taught for the first time in September 2019 and as such is still being written.

Resources

A departmental target for the 2018-2019 academic year is to add all our electronic resources for both KS3 and KS4 to this section of the website; please click the “RE resources” button to see which resources have currently been uploaded.