Religious Education

Key Stage 3

What qualification will the course lead to? One GCSE

Which Examination Board? Edexcel

Course content

Students learning about religions will:

a.    Investigate and explain the differing impacts of religious beliefs and teachings on individuals, communities and societies.
b.    Analyse and explain how religious beliefs and ideas are transmitted by people, texts and traditions. 
c.    Investigate and explain why people belong to faith communities and explain the reasons for diversity in religion.
d.    Analyse and compare the evidence and arguments used when considering issues of truth in religion.
e.    Discuss and evaluate how religious beliefs and teachings inform answers to ultimate questions and ethical issues.
f.     Apply a wide range of religious vocabulary consistently and accurately.
g.    Interpret and evaluate a range of sources, including religious and spiritual expressions, texts and authorities, from a variety of contexts.

Students learning from religions will:

a.    Reflect on the relationship between beliefs, teachings and ultimate questions, communicating their own ideas and using reasoned arguments.
b.    Evaluate the challenges and tensions of belonging to a religion and the impact of religion in the contemporary world, expressing their own ideas.
c.    Express insights into the significance and value of religion and other worldviews on human relationships personally, locally and globally.
d.    Reflect and evaluate their own and others’ beliefs about world issues such as peace and conflict, wealth and poverty and the importance of the environment, communicating their own ideas.
e.    Express their own beliefs and ideas, using a variety of forms of expression.

YEAR 7 TOPICS

1-   Christianity

  • The life and evidence for the existence of Jesus
  • Parables of Jesus
  • The Bible
  • Miracles of Jesus
  • The Festival of Easter
  • Christian charities

2-   Luton our Town

  • What will make our town a more respectful place
  • Rights, needs and responsibilities
  • Religious and cultural diversity and religious teaching

3-   Islam

  • Five pillars
  • Major Muslim beliefs and festivals
  • Qur’an
  • Mosque

YEAR 8 TOPICS

1-   Sikhism

  • The life and teaching of Guru Nanak
  • Guru Granth Sahib
  • The 5 Ks
  • Baisakhi
  • the Gurdwara
  • Sikh charities

2-   Life after death

  • Religious and non-religious views about Life after death in different religions.

3-   Religion and the Environment

  • Different religious teachings on the environment, environmental problems and the work of environmental organisations and religious charities

4-   Fair trade

  • Causes and examples of unfair trade and religious teaching on justice and fairness

YEAR 9 TOPICS

1-   It’s my life

  • Ultimate questions (God, purpose of life, human beings, life after death, evil and suffering)

2-   Buddhism

  • The life and teaching of the Buddha, the four noble truths, the five precepts, the eightfold path, worship, including meditation

3-   Relationships and families

  • (Thematic studies of new GCSE by AQA) Christian and Islamic teaching on marriage, remarriage and gender equality, problems and challenges associated with these issues.

 

How will students be assessed?

Two exams in Year 11 – one exam for Unit 1; one exam for Unit 11

 

Students will be assessed according to specific skills such as literacy, expressing your own opinion and supporting it with reasons, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and teachings - as well evaluating alternative views.

 

Key Stage 4

What qualification will the course lead to? One GCSE

Which Examination Board? Edexcel

 

Course content

Students will have the opportunity to study two of the major religions – Christianity and Islam and their differing approach to various aspects of life in the UK. 

Students will study two units:

Unit 1: Religion and Life - based on a study of Christianity and at least one other religion.

Unit 11: Islam

How will students be assessed?

Two exams in Year 11 – one exam for Unit 1; one exam for Unit 11

Students will be assessed according to specific skills such as literacy, expressing your own opinion and supporting it with reasons, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and teachings - as well evaluating alternative views.