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Ridgewood

School

RE

The RE department promotes its vision with all students and encourages them to share in it: ‘Reconsidering the world around you.’

With four specialist teachers located in our Telford Block, the RE department teach all of our KS3 students and those who choose to pursue their love of the subject at KS4 (currently more than 100 students). At KS3, students are taught in mixed ability groups and receive two lessons a fortnight, which increases at both KS4 and KS5.

The RE department pride themselves on really making students think. They work hard to develop learners who can think for themselves and form reasoned opinions and ideas. They believe that a successful student in RE is someone who is open minded, curious about the world around them, and extremely tolerant of other people’s views. The ethos of the department is very much one of inclusive learning where every student can access learning and feels safe and valued. The teaching delivered endeavours to develop discussion, empathy and communication skills through debate and sharing of opinions.

In 2017 the department achieved some excellent results at KS4. Teaching and learning is also a strength of the department with innovative approaches to lessons enabling students to engage with some of the most challenging and philosophical concepts in an interactive and engaging way. In addition to excellent classroom practice, students can take their learning beyond the classroom through extra-curricular opportunities and trips.

KS3 

Assessment:

Students are assessed at the end of each topic in KS3 and these will be used to inform the REG for each CF Cycle.

Useful web links:

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh3rkqt

www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/

KS4 

Overview of topics:

At KS4 students follow AQA Religious Studies GCSE Specification A.

Home learning details:

Students will be set exam questions/additional research for home learning tasks.

Parents can support students by monitoring the completion of these tasks, reading through their work with them, and encouraging them to revise at key points of the year.

Encouraging debate and discussion of moral issues in the news would benefit your child and help them in the answering of longer evaluation questions at GCSE.

Useful web links:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse

KS5 

At KS5 students follow OCR A Level Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics)

  • Philosophy
  • Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion (Plato and Aristotle)
  • Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion
  • Traditional arguments for the existence of God (Cosmological Argument, Teleological Argument, Ontological Argument, Moral Argument)
  • Challenges to religious belief (Religion and Science and The Problem of Evil)
  • Religious language
  • Experience and religion
  • Nature of God
  • Life and death
  • Miracles

 

  • Religious Ethics
  • Ethical theories - Utilitarianism, Deontology, Religious Ethics, Natural Law
  • Applied ethics topics - Euthanasia, Abortion and the Right to a Child, Genetic Engineering, War and Peace
  • Meta-ethics
  • Free will and determinism
  • Conscience
  • Virtue ethics
  • Applied ethics topics (Business and Environmental Ethics and Sexual Ethics)

Assessment:

Students are assessed at the end of Y13 in both Philosophy and Ethics through a 1 ½ hour exam for each component

In class, students are assessed throughout the course through in-class assessments and essays set for home learning.

Useful web links:

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-religious-studies-h172-h572/

www.rsrevision.com/Alevel/

www.iep.utm.edu/

plato.stanford.edu/