RE Curriculum Overview
"All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society."
(The Right Hon, Michael Gove, former Secretary of State for Education, 2013 RE Review and new 'non-statutory' National Curriculum Framework for RE)
RE nurtures children's spiritual awareness, developing a sense of awe and wonder of the world, as well as prompting students to consider the deeper questions of life. RE widens understanding of diversity developing tolerance and understanding of other faiths and cultures. RE supports the development of problem solving skills and evaluation through the study of ethics. RE develops critical thinking skills and reflection. Personal, learning and thinking Skills are a key part of how we teach R.E. at The Grangefield Academy. We aim to provide pupils with opportunities to develop skills of teamwork, independent enquiry, self-reflection and personal organisation.
At KS3 we study RE thematically. Year 7 study topics such as Buddhism, can we save the planet and inspirational people. Year 8 study topics such as; miracles, wealth and poverty, evil and suffering and life after death. Year 9 will study topics such as; Religion and Science, Prevent and Marriage and the family. At KS3 we mirror the assessment technique that will be used at GCSE to prepare students for when they reach the exam stage.
At KS4 we follow AQA specification A.
Year 10 is focussed upon an in depth study of the beliefs and practices of 2 religions. The religions we study are Christianity and Islam.
In Year 11 students develop their understanding of each religion by completing 4 thematic studies. The themes we study are; crime and punishment, marriage and family relationships, peace and conflict, religion and life.
The GCSE course is assessed using 100% exams. Students will sit two exams lasting 1 hour 45 minutes each.
Issues of religion and belief frequently top the news agenda and RE helps make sense of them. By having access to good RE in schools, young people are equipped to handle issues in their lives, preparing them for the workplace and adult life.