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 Watt buildings, 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.
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 2019 the department achieved excellent results at KS4. 47% of students achieved grades 9-7 and 85% of students achieved grades 9-4. Results at KS5 were also successful with the department securing an ALPS 3. In addition to this 25% of students achieved A*- A grades, 58% achieved A* - B grades, and 92% 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.
For information about A level Religious Studies, please visit our Sixth Form course pages.
Students have three key assessments each year and they will also complete the formative assessment pieces between the key assessment points.
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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.
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