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Religious Education

The Religious Education department is a vibrant and engaging learning environment where students are encouraged to reflect both on their own beliefs, values and opinions whilst exploring the religious views of others.  It challenges students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.  Learning in RE is fun and pupils are helped to make excellent progress by our team of subject specialists who keep learning in the department alive and fresh through their own love of the subject and personal faith experiences.

Head of RE: Mr Caheny

Assistant Head of RE: Miss McClelland

Teacher of RE: Miss Savory

Teacher of RE: Miss Lewis

Teacher of RE and Chaplain: Mr Pinless 

RE contributes to students' personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community. Religious education enables all children and young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Key Stage 3

 

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Term Four

Term Five

Term Six

Year 7

The Island-How should we live?

Belonging

 

Truth about Jesus

Truth about Salvation

Sikhism

Religion and Society Project

Year 8

Justice

Kingdom

Journey

Reconciliation

Suffering

What does it mean to be spiritual?

 

GCSE

What will I study?

We study the AQA Religious Studies A (8062) GCSE. It has 2 components.

Component 1 involves the study of beliefs, teaching and practices in two religious traditions. We will be looking at:

Christianity and Judaism

Component 2 focuses on four religious, philosophical and ethical studies of themes. Our chosen themes are:

A Relationships and Families

B Religion and Life

C The existence of God and Revelation

D Religion, Peace and Conflict

E Religion, Crime and Punishment 

 

 

Is this course suitable for me?

As a core subject, all students study RE at Key stages 3 and 4. All students will be entered for the full GCSE examination in Year 11. 

 

How will I be assessed?

Students sit two exams at the end of Year 11.

Component 1 which involves the study of beliefs teaching and practices in Christianity and Judaism is assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute examination.

Component 2 which focuses on the study of 4 religious, philosophical and ethical themes is also assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute examination.

 

What skills will I learn?

Studying RE develops students’ abilities to identify, investigate and respond to fundamental questions of life raised by human experience. Students are also required to utilise the key skills of analysis and evaluation through the study of religious, philosophical and ethical issues. 

 

 

Trips

There are a number of local and international trips that RE may facilitate.  These include retreat days to Kintbury in Hungerford, the possibility of a KS4 and Sixth form trip to Rome and opportunities to visit local places of worship.

 

Extra Curricular

Each Friday after school, Mr Pinless runs a Chaplaincy club which empowers pupils to take an active role in the faith and ethos development in the academy.  The ‘Chappys’ are highly regarded amongst the student body.

Philosorapters G&T club: The RE department run a more able club that allows students to explore philosophical and ethical questions about the purpose of existence.

 

How is this Religious Education relevant to my future career choices?

GCSE Religious Studies is a formal academic qualification that is highly regarded by colleges, universities and employers alike. It reflects the ability to consider, reflect upon and evaluate different points of view. Religious Studies is a particularly appropriate qualification for those wishing to pursue careers in the police, the armed forces, journalism, teaching, law, medicine, social work to name but a few!