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Religious Studies

During the course of Key Stage Three, students will explore what it means to be religious. We study Christianity, Islam and Buddhism in year seven, which gives students an introduction to beliefs and practices. In year eight we discuss Ethics and Philosophy and the impact they have on beliefs about the world.

Subject Leader

Mrs C Hawkins (RE)

Year 7 & 8 Citizenship & Religious Studies (RS)

Content

We cover a wide range of topics in Years 7 and 8 on a carousel basis to develop a deeper understanding of people, places, cultures, beliefs and the ways in which they interact to create the world we live in. Topics include:

  • Introduction to Christianity

  • Introduction to Islam

  • What is Ethics?

  • What is Philosophy?

Assessment

Each topic is assessed by a written assignment and an exam. In addition, there is an end of year examination. These assessment points provide evidence for the setting process and are used to help determine set moves.

Home Learning

  • Home Learning is set regularly.
  • Home learning will consist of at least one task per week. We recommend that pupils spend at least 40 minutes per task and that they read around the topics at home. All lesson resources are available on the student common area to aid them in this.

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there are any difficulties.
  • Encourage your child to be observant and take an interest in the world around them. This could include reading local and national newspapers and watching news programmes that frequently include geographical issues.
  • Encourage your child to attend any after school revision sessions.
  • Encourage your child to make use of the College LRC, public libraries and computer resources if they are available at home.

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Reading List

  • Newspapers/websites
  • Learning Resource Centre (LRC) periodicals
  • Student Common resource links

Assessment Framework - Key Stage 3

Assessment Schedule

Knowledge Organisers

GCSE Religious Studies - Year 9,10 and 11

Exam Board and syllabus code

AQA Specification A (8062)

Content

Students must take assessments in the following two components in the same series:

  • Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices
  • Component 2: Thematic studies

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

What's assessed

Beliefs, teachings and practices of two from:

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Catholic Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Sikhism.

Christianity and Catholic Christianity is a prohibited combination.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • 96 marks, plus 6 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
  • 50% of GCSE

Component 2: Thematic studies

What's assessed

Either four religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes or two religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes and two textual studies themes.

Religious, philosophical and ethical studies 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. Textual studies themes:
  • Theme G: St Mark's Gospel – the life of Jesus.
  • Theme H: St Mark's Gospel as a source of religious, moral and spiritual truths.

Assessment

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks, plus 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Each theme has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.

Each theme is marked out of 24.

Home Learning

One hour per week, a variety of tasks including research, revision, exam questions and extension of classwork.

How Parents and Carers Can Support

Encourage your child to consider why they believe what they do and to try and engage with a range of other opinions that are different to theirs.

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

The BBC religion website offers a helpful introduction to a range of belief systems. The LRC has a number of resources and pupils are also welcome to borrow books from D107 and arrange extra tuition with the class teacher.

Reading List

News and current affairs will help pupils to think about ethical and moral issues. Oxford University Press offer a range of books called ‘A very short introduction to…’ that can give pupils a background in a number of areas.

Assessment Schedule

Religious Studies Assessment Overview - Year 10