Religious Education Curriculum Intent
At Moat Community College, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. At KS3 (Years 7 and 8) we follow the Leicester agreed syllabus for RE as the basis for our curriculum as this meets national curriculum guidelines. At KS4 (Years 9, 10 and11) we follow the AQA GCSE course and complete the various units from a Christianity and Muslim perspective. We also offer the AQA Unit Award Scheme to students who might struggle to access the curriculum.
In Years 7 and 8, students study; festivals, beliefs, animal rights, religions in Leicester and good and evil. These form the basis of understanding the world around us, as well as being an effective foundation for students to access the GCSE work in Year 9 and 10. The Leicester agreed syllabus supports children to develop positive attitudes of respect towards people of faith and of none.
Knowledge organisers form an important tool to retain prior information within RE and we use these to assess students. Students are assessed regularly at KS3 through short GCSE exam type questioning and home learning. At KS4, many of the topics introduced at KS3 are studied at a much higher level and assessments are based on ‘explain’ and ‘evaluative’ questions. All students are able to access the curriculum as the department makes use of differentiated materials and tasks.
Our religious education curriculum is enhanced further through networking with other schools and trips. For instance, Year 7 writing pen pals letters to fellow Year 7 students in Cornwall and Year 10 students having an opportunity to go to St. Paul’s Cathedral. This helps the development cultural capital and promotes a better understanding and awareness of others.