RE

Aim

Religious Education at Moat Community College provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions in Leicester, other religious traditions, and other worldviews that offer answers to these challenging questions.

It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.

It enhances students’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

RE encourages students to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning.

It challenges students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

RE encourages students to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community.

RE has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students will still be working on topics within the Leicester Agreed Syllabus for RE and will also start to investigate topics relating to the new AQA GCSE. Some of these topics include:

  • Beliefs about poverty and wealth
  • Issues of war and peace
  • Beliefs and views about the environment

In all topics students are encouraged to discuss their own and different points of views, and both religious and non-religious beliefs. Examples are particularly used from Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

Enquiry based learning approaches are used and students are taught how to develop their writing effectively. Debate and personal investigation tasks are also encouraged.

Assessment information

Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 GCSE (AQA Specification A Full Course – from September 2016)

Paper 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

Unit 1 – Christianity     Unit 2 – Islam

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

96 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions: The questions within each religion have a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 marks plus one 12-mark question.

Each religion is marked out of 48.

Paper 2: Thematic studies: Religious, philosophical and ethical studies units:

Unit 1 – Relationships and families.

Unit 2 – Religion, peace and conflict.

Unit 3 – Religion and life.

Unit 4 – Religion, human rights and social justice.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

96 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions: Each unit has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.

Each unit is assessed out of 24 marks.

Support Material

BBC Religion and Ethics website has a wide range of information and useful articles http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/

BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/

A website useful for finding out views on topics in Christianity http://www.request.org.uk/main/main.htm

Religion and the environment http://www.arcworld.org/

AQA (exam board) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-b-4055/spec-at-aglance