Religious Education is not just for the religious. The principal aim of Religious Education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
At Thomas Keble we study Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism in Years 7 and 8 using a thematic approach. We also consider non-religious perspectives and aim to develop the students’ own awareness, thinking skills and spirituality through study as well as direct experience.
Religious Education in Years 7 and 8 is taught according to the Locally Agreed Syllabus. Teaching and learning is centred on three key elements: making sense of beliefs, understanding the impact of beliefs and making connections [evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the beliefs and practices studied].
The units studied are as follows:
- Introductory unit: What is Religious Education?
- The life and influence of Jesus: Are the teachings of Jesus still relevant today?
- Spirituality and the Arts: How do people express spirituality through art and music?
- Buddhism: Do the Buddha’s teachings still have relevance today?
- Sikhism: How are Sikh teachings put into practice today?
- Ultimate Questions: Who made the universe? Why is there suffering? Death: is it the end?
- Religion Today: How can people who have different beliefs and ideals get on well together?
- Peace and Conflict: Are religions a source of peace or a cause of conflict?
Students now begin studying the Eduqas GCSE Short Course in Religious Studies in Y9. The course is studied over 2 years with students taking the GCSE exam at the end of Y10.
The course title is ‘Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern world.’
During Y9 students study the following two units:
- Issues of relationships
- Issues of life and death
Assessment is built into our Schemes of Work throughout KS3. Students are assessed on the key skills developed in RE through end of unit assessments, school exams and a variety of homework tasks. Students also peer- and self-assess work on a regular basis.
In Y9 students are assessed through end of unit assessments, homework tasks and a school exam. The GCSE mark scheme is used for all these assessments and students regularly peer- and self- assess their work.