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Religious Studies

RE provides a space for students to investigate the world’s major belief systems and debate big philosophical questions. It ensures every learner has the opportunity to explore their own individual beliefs whilst simultaneously studying other traditions. RE examines the continuing cultural impact of the major world religions on modern life; it allows students to reflect on moral, spiritual, philosophical and cultural issues in an increasingly complex and multicultural world.  

Lessons are carefully planned to ensure that all students are given a voice and that all can access the learning; the diversity of and within traditions is reflected in our lessons. Students are inspired and motivated through the use of discussion, art, artefacts and real life experience.

Questioning is foundational in RE, students become specialists in the big questions that require deep thinking and do not have closed answers. Learners develop religious literacy and gain insight into themselves, their neighbours and the global communities that they will encounter during their lives.

 

 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we explore the beliefs and practices of the major world religions. Skills developed include knowledge and understanding of these traditions, and evaluation of some of the philosophical and ethical issues raised through their studies. In Year 7 our units focus on the following questions:
 
How do Christians respond to injustice? 
Why did the Buddha give up his fortune to answer questions about suffering?
Can we prove the existence of God?
What do Hindus believe about God?
 
In Year 8 our key questions include:
 
What does the covenant mean for Judaism, past and present?
Why do Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah?
Who was Prophet Muhammad and how should we understand his legacy?
What can we learn about Jesus from the events of Holy Week?
 
Every lesson will include a ‘Stretch and Challenge’ task to allow high achieving learners to push their learning further, and look at their learning from a different angle. Some units will have a specific HALs focus, for example the Philosophy unit on proving God’s existence includes philosophers and technical language that they will next encounter at A level.
 
Differentiated Learning Outcomes for every lesson ensures that every student makes progress. A focus on key vocabulary, and scaffolding of extended writing tasks enables all to flourish. 
 
We have a long-standing partnership with our sister church, St John-at-Hackney.  Our 500-year history since our founding by Christopher Urswick in 1520 gives us the perfect opportunity to involve visits to places of worship in our learning, from the learning resources of our own school chapel, visits to our link church, and visits from its outreach and enrichment team.
 

KS4:

All students will take a full course GCSE in Religious Studies, beginning in Year 9, using AQA’s Specification A syllabus. 
Year 9: Paper 1 – the study of Christianity and Islam, beliefs, teachings and practices.
We explore the central beliefs and practices within Christianity and Islam such as the nature of God and the role of religious believers in local and global communities.
Year 10: Paper 2 – Thematic studies
We investigate the topics below by examining Christian and Islamic responses to the issues raised by different perspectives and practices with regard to:
 
Relationships and Families
Crime and Punishment
Religion, Peace and Conflict
Human rights and Social Justice
 
Students learn through a variety of means: teacher led, whole class debates, group, paired and individual tasks. Visual stimuli and case studies bring learning to life.
 
The course is assessed through 2 examinations at the end of the course.
 
Every lesson will include a ‘Stretch and Challenge’ task to allow HALs to push their learning further, and look at their learning from a different angle. Grade 9 exemplar work is used for guidance and motivation. Period 6 and half term revision intervention takes place to specifically target these students.
 
Differentiated Learning Outcomes for every lesson ensures that every student makes progress. A focus on key vocabulary, and scaffolding of extended writing tasks enables all to flourish. Exemplar work and targeted period 6 and half term revision intervention enables all students to flourish.
 
As well as the partnership with St John-at-Hackney and their outreach team, Y9 and Y10 also benefit from our links with St Paul’s Cathedral and their education department. Every year students are able to benefit from their GCSE conferences.