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Ridgewood

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RE

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

With five 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 three lessons a fortnight, which increases at both KS4 and KS5. Our RE department also cover PSHCE in dedicated lessons.

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 2018 the department achieved excellent results at KS4. 43% of students achieved grades 9-7 and 86% of students achieved grades 9-4. Results at KS5 were also successful with the department securing an ALPS 3. In addition to this 80% of students achieved A*- B grades and 100% of students achieved A*-C. 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

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zb48q6f

http://www.rsrevision.com/contents/index.htm

KS5 

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

More details of our A Level Religious Studies course can be found in the Sixth Form section of this website.

Year One Philosophy of religion

Learners will study:

  • •         ancient philosophical influences
  • •         the nature of the soul, mind and body
  • •         arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • •         the nature and impact of religious experience
  • •         the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil

Year Two Philosophy of religious

Learners will study:

  • •         ideas about the nature of God
  • •         issues in religious language.

Year One Religion and ethics

Learners will study:

  • •         normative ethical theories (Utilitarianism, Natural Moral Law, Kantian Ethics, Situation Ethics)
  • •         the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance (Business Ethics and Euthanasia)

Year Two Religion and ethics

Learners will study:

  • •         ethical language and thought
  • •         debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • •         sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Year One Developments in Christian thought

Learners will study:

  • ·         Augustine’s teaching on human nature
  • ·         Death and the Afterlife
  • ·         Knowledge of God’s existence
  • ·         The person of Jesus Christ
  • ·         Christian Moral Principles
  • ·         Christian Moral Action

Year Two Developments in Christian thought

Learners will study:

  • ·         Religious pluralism and theology
  • ·         Religious pluralism and society
  • ·         Gender and society
  • ·         Gender and theology
  • ·         The Challenge of Secularism
  • ·         Liberation Theology and Marx

Assessment:

The course is assessed by 100% exam (no coursework).

There are three exams (Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics and Developments in Christian thought). Each exam is a two hour written paper out of 120 marks and students must answer three questions from a choice of 4. All exams must be sat at the end of the course in Year 13.

Useful web links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revision-Notes-Level-Religious-Studies/dp/1510418040

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revision-Notes-Level-Religious-Studies/dp/1510418059/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_2/260-5905199-7763061?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=3BX83WPYNFB92HDAKECD

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revision-Notes-Level-Religious-Studies/dp/1510418067/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1510418067&pd_rd_r=dc57029b-bdb5-11e8-ae44-f5fdfe6b1c70&pd_rd_w=zqTkF&pd_rd_wg=pbscH&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=411ab071-48fa-4e54-8efd-5161cbbb9cf9&pf_rd_r=MN8S8YT4ENRNBHTBZFDN&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=MN8S8YT4ENRNBHTBZFDN

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce/religious-studies-h173-h573-from-2016/assessment/

http://www.rsrevision.com/contents/index.htm

http://peped.org/

https://www.iep.utm.edu/

https://plato.stanford.edu/