“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
– Dalai Lama
The aim of the KS3 RE curriculum is to enable students to study the different aspects of religion – the nature of God, Prayer, Worship and Sacred space – and then apply this knowledge to some of the major world religions and famous religious figures. In Year 7 the units of work are: Believe it or not, What is so radical about Jesus? and What is challenging about being a religious believer? In Year 8 the units of work are: Islam, Is death the end? and Sikhism whilst in Year 9 the units of work are Buddhism, Judaism and the Holocaust and Hinduism.
Students do a series of assessed tasks over the course of each unit, some completed in class and some at home. There is also an extended homework project which students complete for each unit.
Students can opt for an accredited GCSE course in RE. This is AQA Religious Studies A: Christianity and Buddhism. The course comprises eight units: Christianity: beliefs and teachings, Christianity: practices, Christianity: relationships and families, Christianity: religion, human rights and social justice, Buddhism: beliefs and teachings, Buddhism: practices, Buddhism: religion and life and Buddhism: religion, crime and punishment. Students sit two exams at the end of Year 11, each of 1h45 duration; there is no coursework option. Students will also sit exams in Year 10 and 11 to assess their progress and to give them experience of formal exams; these do not count towards their final grade.
All students also follow a core course of RE and PSHE which fulfils the statutory nature of RE in the curriculum; this course will be taught for the first time in September 2019 and as such is still being written. Further information to follow soon.