Students are set in Year 7 in ability groups by the Deputy Principal based on transition information received from KS2.
Students are grouped in Year 8 and 9 in four mixed ability groups with one teaching group having allocated SEN support and another grouped for the more able. The teaching sets are shared with other five subjects.
Assessment - In KS3 the students will access an assessment task within lesson time at three points across the College year. The assessments will be assessed by our steps to success which have replaced National Curriculum levels. We use review and respond to create a dialogue between staff and students and this will take place at least twice a half term.
Key words – Advent, Saint, Christmas, Advent, Reconciliation, Easter, Epiphany, Diocese, Lent, Bishop, Pentecost, Mass, Incarnation, Secular, Priest.
Baseline test – This will be an assessment in September to assess which R.E level each student is working at when they arrive at our College. There will be a creative writing task to assess how each student can express their ideas in a longer writing format and an audit of images and words.
Unit 1 – Our community – In this module we will explore the different ideas of what it means to belong to a community, especially the Church. We will look at the identity of the Church that Jesus gives us, and find out more about Jesus through reading and interpreting New Testament scripture.
Unit 2 – Prayer – In this module, we will discover the importance of prayer in the life of a Christian, and we will learn some of the ways that people like to pray.
Unit 3 – The Liturgical year – Advent and Christmas - In this module we will explore the times and seasons of the Christian Calendar in particular Advent as our opportunity to prepare for the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
Unit 4 – The Sacraments of Initiation – In this module we will learn how people are welcomed into communities. We will also learn about the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. We will investigate and explore how each sacrament leads a believer to be closer to God on their own personal spiritual journey.
Unit 5 – Mary and the Saints – In this module we will learn from the example of Mary and the Saints in how we can lead extraordinary lives even in the everyday things we do.
Interim examination – April – Based on units 1 – 5 and the key words.
Unit 6 – EPR – (Education for Personal Relationships) In this module we will try to understand why we are who we are. We will look in particular at the way we are formed physically, emotionally and spiritually. In Year 8 and Year 9 we will teach a further two units to develop themes on the sanctity of life.
Key words – Marriage, Divorce, Priest, Exodus, Moses, Isaac, Passover, Menorah, Torah, Discipleship, Beatitudes, Miracle, Parable, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa.
Unit one – Discipleship and social responsibility – In this module we will explore the different ideas of what it means to be a disciple or follower of Jesus, especially the first disciples of Jesus and those who came later right up to the present day. We will look at the concept of social responsibility for others and investigate the mission and work of CAFOD.
Unit 2 – Marriage and Holy orders – In this module we will discover the different ways in which people follow a vocation in their lives as Christians. We will look particularly at the commitment shown to God through becoming a Priest and also through entering into a married relationship.
Unit 3 – People of God in the Old testament – In this module we will explore the different characters of the Old Testament, including some of the prophets and Kings. We will take time to reflect upon the ways these people of God can still influence our lives today.
Unit 4 – Judaism – In this world faith module we will learn about the Jewish faith, in particular how their beliefs and rituals influence and guide their way of life. We will use artefacts and text from the Jewish tradition and recreate the Passover meal.
Unit 5 – Parables and the Kingdom of God – In this module we will find out what the Kingdom of God is and the teachings that Jesus gave us in his parables from the New Testament. We will focus on stories that will show us how to act in order for us to reach the Kingdom.
Unit 6 – The Miracles of Jesus – In this module we will learn about Jesus as the son of God with the power to perform miracles. We will look particularly at the messages Christian’s today can take from these healing and nature miracles.
Interim examination – April – Based on units 1 – 6 and the key words.
Unit 6 – EPR – In this module we will try to understand what it means to suffer the loss of a loved one and the ways that people deal with grief and anxiety. We will also learn about the Catholic Church teaching on marriage and sexual relationships based on an understanding of the sanctity of Human life.
Key words – Benevolent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Atheism, Agnostic, Creation, Moral evil, Natural evil, Conscience, Temptation, Theist and Stewardship.
Unit one – God – In this module you will explore why people believe in God ? What are agnostics ? What are atheists ? You will look at the issues of prayer, evil and suffering, how the media portrays theists, numinous experience and how we understand and communicate with God.
Unit two – Islam – In this unit you will be asked to explore another world faith and complete comparison activities with other world faiths that you have studied previously. You will learn about the beginnings of Islam and the life and teachings of the prophet Muhammad. You will understand each of the five pillars of Islamic faith and explore the teachings contained in the Quran. You will visit the Mosque in Worcester and you will have the chance to ask questions about the Islamic faith directly to Muslim believers.
Unit three – Creation and Stewardship – In this unit you will learn about the importance of your role in protecting our world and environment. You will explore the arguments about how the world was created and the faith teaching that God designed and created this world for us to look after as stewards. You will investigate environmental issues like nuclear power, renewable energy, factory farming and pollution and then look at how Christians respond to them.
Unit four - Religion and the media – In this topic you will learn about the relationship between religion and the media using examples of film, television, drama and radio sources. The main the question asked will be whether the media is fair when reporting or discussing as aspects of belief in God.
Interim examination - March - Based on topics 1 - 4 and the key words.
Unit five - Start the GCSE course from Easter – Unit 11 Religion, relationships and families. ( See KS4 information ).
Religious Education at Key stage 4
At KS4 we work with our Science department to create two bands or groupings of students. Band 1 are the students studying triple Science as an option at GCSE and band 2 are the students who complete dual award GCSE. R.E then set the students from these two groups into groupings based on prior attainment at KS3 in the subject. We currently have an ASDAN entry group for a small number of students who wish to access Religious Studies at a different level of challenge to GCSE.
Assessment - In KS4 the students will access an assessment task within lesson time at three points across the College year. The assessments will be assessed by the AQA GCSE marking policy. We will have formal examinations at the end of Year 10 and at January in Year 11.
We use review and respond to create a dialogue between staff and students and this will take place at least twice a half term.
AQA GCSE syllabus B - Catholic Christianity with Judaism.
The course is based on three study units. Each unit has a number of sub sections and each student will cover a minimum of 11 sub sections across the GCSE course.
Unit 1 Catholic Christianity – You will complete one examination over 1 hour and 45 minutes ( Paper one ). This unit is worth 50 % of your final mark.
This first part of the new GCSE is made up of six units. Each unit is subdivided into roughly 12 lessons.
3 The Triune God
5 Church and Kingdom of God
Unit 2 Judaism – Worth 25 % of the examination.
7 Judaism - Beliefs and teachings
8 Judaism - Practices
Unit 3 Themes ( Made up of religious, philosophical and ethical studies ) – Worth 25 % of the examination.
9 Religion, relationships and families.
10 Religion, peace and conflict.
11 Religion, human rights and social justice.
Units 2 and 3 will be tested in one examination over 1 hour and 45 minutes ( Paper two )
Any further queries should be sent to,
Mr Lee James,
Area Leader for Religious Education.