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Religious Education

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Overview

Religious Education: Living Faiths

The religious education curriculum at St Michael’s is drawn from two main sources, the Sandwell Agreed Syllabus and the AQA exam board for GCSE Religious Studies.

What skills will pupils develop?

  • Philosophical studies development
  • Applied ethics development
  • Clear and logical thinking
  • Critical evaluation
  • Literacy and expression
  • Numeracy values
  • Organising
  • Planning and revision skills
  • Comparative study
  • Research
  • Working to deadlines

What will help pupils to learn?

  • Media outlets that convey concepts based on the six world faith
  • Contrasting secular/ atheist and theist ideas
  • A knowledge of basic humanism.
  • Social, moral, cultural and political connections: current affairs

KS3 Course Structure

Year 7

Autumn Term

  • Baseline Assessment- The Parable of the Good Samaritan and the Student Voice.
  • St Michael’s values and belonging to our school community.
  • Covenants of God
  • The Nativity Story

Spring Term

  • The Life of Jesus
  • Judaism and Christianity: Comparative religious rituals

Summer Term

  • Creation [Christianity and Hinduism]
  • Stewardship

Year 8

Autumn Term

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • Moral evil and suffering [Christianity – Judaism]
  • The life of Siddhartha [Buddhism]- the concept of suffering.
  • Compassion Project [Christianity, Islam and Sikhism]

Spring Term

Sikhism: Four topics from which the students will choose two to complete in detail;

  • Guru Nanak: Life and Teachings
  • The langar and sewa
  • Guru Govind Rai: The Khalsa
  • The Gurdwara: Festivals

Summer Term

  • Revelation: Spiritual experience
  • St Peter, St Bernadette, Guru Nanak, Muhammed (Christianity, Sikhism and Islam]

Year 9

Autumn Term

  • Media Studies: power and influence of the media
  • Equality and Racism
  • The Rosa Parks Story

Spring Term

  • Equality and Sexism
  • The Suffragette Movement
  • Hidden Figures

Summer Term

  • Crime and Punishment: media case studies
  • ‘Let Him Have It’ – Derek Bentley: Joint Enterprise
  • ‘Pierrepoint’ the life of an executioner.

KS3 Assessment

  1. One GCSE style extended writing assessment task carried out in line with the assessment calendar.
  2. Four topic related mini assessments per term
  3. One end of year exam

KS4 Course Structure

AQA GCSE Full Course Option: Religious Studies A 8062

  • Christianity: beliefs: teachings and practices.
  • Sikhism: beliefs: teachings and practices.
  • Thematic Studies:

[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

[F] Religion, human rights and social justice.

 

Core GCSE Religious Studies comprising of Applied Ethics, Philosophy thematic studies.

[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

[F] Religion, human rights and social justice.

KS4 Assessment

  1. One full exam question per topic
  2. Three mock papers during Year 10/11
  3. GCSE Full course exam paper at the end of Year 11

Staff

Mrs J Bird -  Head of Religious Education

Miss V Sansom -  Second in Religious Education

Miss A Riley -  Teacher of RE

Mrs Z Hadley -  Teacher of Humanities

Opportunities out of lessons

The RE Department facilitate trips to:

  • Smethwick Gurdwara
  • Liverpool Cathedral
  • St Giles’ Church

Career Pathways in this subject

All public sector services, law, travel, advertising, human resources, journalism, the media, Civil Service and charity work.