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Religious Education

The RE curriculum seeks to give students a deep knowledge base of Christian and Islamic beliefs and practices as well as exposing students to a broad range of divergent philosophical and ethical viewsIt is comprehensive but necessarily selective.  

In the Year 9 elective, a trial course for those who may wish to study RE at GCSE, students consider the rationale behind moral decision-making within a range of religious and non-religious ethical systems before applying this decision-making to contemporary moral issues – including abortion, just war, euthanasia and animal rights. This topic has been selected so that students gain experience of the type of thinking used in (and gain a useful body of disciplinary and substantive knowledge in) Religious Education before beginning study at GCSE. Further, it is hoped that the study will engender more ‘compassionate leaders’ since students will be exposed to difference of view and the rationale that sits behind these differences. In Year 10 and 11, students who have selected to continue studying Religious Education work through GCSE content as required by the Edexcel specification. Within the Edexcel specification, we have chosen to study the exam on ‘Peace and Conflict’ and the exam on ‘Religion and Ethics’ as these contain the most cross-curricular links (predominantly with History and Science) and so support memory and cognition. Years 10 and 11 are sequenced by religion (with Christianity first and Islam second) and progressively (beginning with Christianity as it is ordinarily the deeper starting knowledge base for students and so makes the study of Islam easier as students will have built up a considerable schema in a comparative religion first). Our content-choices have been governed by a desire to ensure students gain the foundational powerful knowledge in order to access further study and gain an understanding of a diverse range of religious and ethical beliefs and practices. 

Throughout the curriculum, students are also explicitly taught the disciplinary knowledge required to become an articulate scholar within the field of Religious Studies. We have identified three disciplinary skills which are returned to regularly and are made explicit in our teaching and have been included in our knowledge booklets. These are (i) interpretation of sources of wisdom and authority, (ii) evaluative writing and (iii) explanation of religious beliefs. Further, key themes are regularly returned to through the course and made explicit. These themes are (i) the nature of God, (ii) the nature of worship, (iii) ethical justification and (iv) unity vs. diversity. 

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5 year overview

Year GroupCurrent Medium Term Plan
Year 10Medium Term Plan
Year 11Medium Term Plan

 

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