Religious Studies at Abbs Cross is about teaching tolerance and understanding. It’s about preparing students and giving them the skill to flourish as able and qualified participants of a multi-cultural, multi-faith society. The RE department at Abbs Cross are a successful and dedicated team who are committed to the students enjoyment and development in Religious Studies.

KS3 curriculum:

At KS3 students are taught RE once a week.

 

Year 7 Year 8
Aim: To teach all 6 major world religions to give students a baseline of knowledge to then move forward with. Aim: To keep students engaged with the subject RE today and to give them a broader understanding of the world around them in 2018.

Topic 1: Christianity

Topic 2: Islam

Topic 3: Sikhism

Topic 4: Hinduism

Topic 5: Judaism

Topic 6: Buddhism

Topic 1: Inspirational leaders

Topic 2: Islam

Topic 3: War and Peace

Topic 4: Authority and Belonging

Topic 5: Crime and Punishment

Topic 6: Christianity

 

GCSE Curriculum:

We find it essential for pupils to learn about the community they live in and we therefore implement compulsory Religious Studies throughout the school until Year 11.  It is taught in year 9 for 3 hours per week and then in year 10 and 11 once a week. Students follow the new AQA Religious Studies A specification and study and compare the two religions: Christianity and Islam.

 

The aim of GCSE Religious Studies is to teach pupils an understanding and evaluation of different religions and their impact on the world; pupils are encouraged to develop their imagination and become aware of the spiritual dimension and the richness it can bring.

 

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

  1. Islamic Beliefs and teachings
  2. Islamic Practices
  3. Christian Beliefs and teachings
  4. Christian Practices

How it is assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks, plus 6 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions: Each religion has a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks. Each religion is marked out of 48.

Component 2: Thematic studies

  1. Relationships and families
  2. Peace and Conflict
  3. Crime and punishment
  4. Human rights

Theme A: Relationships and families.

Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict.

Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment.

Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice

How it is assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks, plus 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions: Each theme has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks. Each theme is marked out of 24.

GCSE revision guide suggestions:

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity and Islam Revision Guide By Oxford

AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies A Christianity and Islam Revision Guide By Pearson

Homework

At key stage 3 pupils will be set homework every week and are expected to take between 30 minutes to complete this work.

At Key Stage 4 pupils will be set homework every and are expected to take between 1-2 hours to complete this work.

Support for your learning:

The following websites support all ages KS3 and KS4
http://www.reonline.org.uk/
Useful websites for GCSE
http://www.projectgcse.co.uk/rs/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/re/
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062 (Syllabus and Specimen Materials)