R.E.

Aims of the RE Curriculum

Religious Education contributes dynamically to student’s education at Cockburn John Charles Academy by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE they learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions.

They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching therefore equips students with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.

The RE department aims to develop in students an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews.

Students gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all students:

  1. A) Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
  • describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
  • identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
  • appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
  1. B) Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
  • explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
  • express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
  • appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about in R.E. this year?

What faiths are in my community?
This is an introduction unit to RE. Students will learn key facts and key terminology about the six major world religions e.g. founder, holy book place of worship. They will begin to identify the similarities and differences between them.

Students will identify the religious and non-religious symbols/events that they may see in their community. They will address misconceptions about the ratios of different religions and explore the benefits of living in a multi-faith society.

Can you follow your religious duties at Cockburn?
In this unit students explore a variety of questions linked to Cockburn and religion. E.g. Which pillar of Islam is hardest for a Muslim to follow at Cockburn? Why does Cockburn serve fish on a Friday? Why can’t my Jewish friend eat school dinners at Cockburn? Through the investigation of the questions each lesson, students begin to understand how religion can affect people’s lives.

What does religion have to do with me?
Students study two parables and decide how these teachings could relate to their lives today. They will explore how the SVP and CAFOD help others based on the two parables.

Jesus –Magician/ Criminal/ Messiah?
Students will examine who Jesus was/is. They will learn about key events in his life including miracles, teachings and his arrest before they will decide in a courtroom if the resurrection ever happened.

Who are the powerful people in religion?
Students compare key religious leaders and what we can learn from them. They will study a modern example of an influential religious figure.

What religious festivals are celebrated in Leeds?
Students will explore a variety of different religious festivals that are celebrated in Leeds from Christmas to Diwali. They will investigate the true meaning of the festival and the story behind it.

What type of homework will be set?
Students will be given a variety of different homework tasks from researching the answer to a question, to finding the solution to a problem. They may be given a bigger homework project over several weeks or asked to watch something in preparation for the next lesson. Sometimes students will be given consolidation of learning tasks at home e.g. spellings or learning the meaning of key vocabulary that will be needed in lessons.

How will my child be assessed in R.E.?
Students will complete a formal assessment at the end of each unit.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Check your child’s planner for homework that has been set. Ask them what they have been studying in RE and how it links to their life. Encourage your child to read and research further the topics that they have been studying in class. Practise spellings and definition of religious terminology at home. You could look for examples of RE in the media or watch the news together. Also you could visit places of worship in your community.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 8

What will my child learn about in R.E. this year?

What is a rite of passage?
Students will explore different rites of passage from different religions e.g. Baptism, Brit Milah, Aqiqah. They will decide if it is right to perform these when the children are too young to understand.

Students will learn about the importance and significance of the different rites of passages for believers and religious communities.

How do I make moral decisions?
Students will look at the Christian story of creation and the fall of man. From this they will look different types of sin. They will explore the life of a modern day gangster and how he changed the way he made moral decisions, before they finally investigate questions such as is eating meat wrong? Does everyone deserve to be forgiven?

How do people inspire me?
In this unit students will explore the life and work of inspirational figures past and present from Malala to Mother Teresa. Students will finish the unit by exploring who actually inspires them and why.

Is there life after death?
Students will explore religious stories as evidence of life after death as well as investigating if the paranormal is real.

What type of homework will be set?
Students will be given a variety of different homework tasks from researching the answer to a question, to finding the solution to a problem. They may be given a bigger homework project over several weeks or asked to watch something in preparation for the next lesson. Sometimes students will be given consolidation of learning tasks at home e.g. spellings or learning the meaning of key vocabulary that will be needed in lessons.

How will my child be assessed in R.E.?
Students will complete a formal assessment at the end of each unit and sometimes a mid-unit assessment.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Check your child’s planner for homework that has been set. Ask them what they have been studying in RE and how it links to their life. Encourage your child to read and research further the topics that they have been studying in class. Practise spellings and definition of religious terminology at home. You could look for examples of RE in the media or watch the news together. Also you could visit places of worship in your community.

 

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in R.E.?
Students will be taught some elements of RE through the Core Citizenship lesson in Years 9, 10 and 11. For more information consult the PSHCE/ Citizenship curriculum guide.

Students who have chosen to study RE at GCSE will follow the AQA Religious Studies specification A- 8062.

Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam.  Their basis in Christian and Muslim sources of wisdom and authority. Students will explore the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies. Common and divergent views within Christianity and Islam in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed.

Students will then apply their knowledge and understanding of different religious and contemporary views to four of the following themes.

  • Theme A: Relationships and families.
  • Theme B: Religion and life.
  • Theme C: The existence of God and revelation.
  • Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict.
  • Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment.
  • Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice

What type of homework will be set?
Students will be set past exam questions and past papers as homework. To support this students will be given a comprehensive revision list and asked to produce revision notes/ cards/ diagrams to consolidate their learning. Some week’s students may be asked to research new facts or watch a documentary that links to class learning.

How will my child be assessed in R.E.?
Students will be assessed most weeks with exam questions in class. After each topic they will sit an assessment. When students complete past exam questions for homework they will be assessed on this.

Students will sit mock examinations during key points of the year.

GCSE RE students will take their formal assessment in Year 11. They will sit two exams. Each exam is one hour and 45 minutes and worth 50% of their overall grade.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
By ensuring your child completes the homework set. Discussing the topics that they are currently studying and what they have learnt. Testing your child using the revision guide they have been given, or encouraging them to use the workbook provided.

If they have finished all homework encourage them to create a revision resource.

What can my child move onto with R.E.?
Studying RE opens up a lots of career prospects. Potential careers include, Law, police, armed forces, journalism, teaching, social work etc. Due to the nature of the subject RE is useful in most careers, the skills that students develop through studying GCSE RE will help them in a variety of professions from becoming a Barrister to an MP.

Even if your child doesn’t want to pursue RE at A level or to degree level the skills and knowledge they develop will help them in other subjects such as History, Geography, Sociology, Psychology and English etc.