Our year 7 RE curriculum focuses on the place of religion in current world affairs, key artefacts, the history of the Abrahamic religions as well as the core beliefs and practices of some of the major world faiths. The curriculum is designed to teach students key skills such as evaluation, analysis, application of theory and use of key terminology, alongside being able to give their own developed point of view. These skills are essential in order to achieve excellence in GCSE and A Level. We believe that our bespoke program of study will allow students to develop into independent, enthusiastic, critical thinkers who are able to challenge truth claims, hold debate and have an appreciation for the world around them.
By applying ‘junior versions’ of philosophical and theological concepts and by developing disciplined forms of thinking that make up the whole game, students will develop a body of knowledge, concepts and skills that will equip them for both KS4 and KS5. The Religious Studies scheme of work has been devised by working back from the key skills that students need to be able to achieve the highest grade at A Level and in turn the key skills that students need to achieve the highest grade at GCSE. From this it is possible to identify what a student needs to be able to do by the end of each year, starting from year 7, in order to reach this end point and achieve the highest grades at GCSE and A Level.
Part of this process is shown below:
The content that students need to cover within each unit is framed using an over-arching ‘fertile question’, each of which will incorporate different skill strands. For example, while investigating the fertile question ‘Can Religion ever help a modern world?’ students will be expected to ‘understand the impact that religious understanding or a lack thereof can have upon the world’, while conducting an investigation into different world issues that present this problem, both past and present. Students will then be expected to ‘evaluate the content using a range of evidence, core beliefs and knowledge of artefacts’.
The fertile questions for year 7, 8 and 9 are outlined below:
Students have one thirty minute homework per week on a fixed day depending what teaching group they are in. Homework will vary between preparation for the next lesson, extended writing, structured research or consolidation of learning.
Homework is always uploaded into the RE section of KAA Online, so students are able to complete it even if they have not recorded it in their planner or have lost the resources needed. On KAA Online you will also find a wealth of internet based RE resources that will help your child develop their skills and knowledge at home. KAA Online is also a valuable resource when it comes to assessment preparation.
How can I support my child?
• KAA Online should be the first area in which students or parents should look for additional support. At KAA Online you will find a wealth of internet based RE resources that will help your child develop their skills and knowledge at home. KAA Online is also a valuable resource when it comes to assessment preparation.
• The library is a useful resource when researching different religions and cultures as there are a variety of books available for student use.
• Parents are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on RE.
Miss Bridgewater – Lead Teacher of Religious Education