Welcome to the RE Department

Why study Religious Education? RE plays a significant role in the personal development of children and young people. At its heart is the intention to enable children and young people to become “religiously educated” in order to face the demands of the contemporary world.

What might a “religiously educated person” be? (Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus)

The RE department is committed to providing a challenging curriculum from the outset, providing students with the opportunity to explore their sense of self, their beliefs and values and how these compare to others’. The Department follows the latest Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus (2017) principal aim to engage pupils with questions arising from the study of religion and beliefs so as to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The RE Curriculum is a carefully designed 5-year curriculum to support a seamless transition from Primary (KS2) and empower all students to achieve their best GCSE grade possible. Following the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus study at KS3 continues to develop students to learn about world faiths and what they can personally learn from religious teachings and apply to their own lives.

KS4 (Year 10&11)

GCSE Study WJEC/Eduqas exam Board (9-1) Religious Studies Route A

GCSE is a popular subject that students find engaging and it gives them the opportunity to explore life and our values in depth. The course is made up of 3 components:

1. Religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world including topics such as relationships, life and death, good and evil and human rights

2. Study of Christianity

3. Study of a world faith – Islam GCSE Religious Studies provides opportunities for students to understand more about the world, the religious challenges it faces and their place within it. Following this GCSE course will deepen understanding of religions and their effect on society. It will develop students’ competence in a wide range of skills and approaches and enable them to become religiously informed, thoughtful and engaged citizens. This course provides a solid basis for further study in this and related subject areas. In addition, it provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students who do not progress to further study.

Method of Assessment - 100% Final Exam

Paper 1: 2hrs. Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World (50%)

Paper 2: 1hr. Christianity (25%)

Paper 3: 1hr. Islam (25%)

How can parents support their child in RE?

Discuss with their children British Values of tolerance and respect and how these can be supported in RE and RSHE lessons

Have a conversation about why RE should or should not be taught in schools and a discussion about why the UK Government has decided RE in schools is compulsory.

Discuss some of the skills that could be practiced and develop in RE lessons such as:

Have REspect for other people’s beliefs

REspond to religion in their own way

REsearch – find out what people believe and why

Decide if the teachings of religious leaders from the past are RElevant today

ExpREss their opinions and beliefs