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The aims of RE which inform the curriculum are based on the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE, which states that the principle aim of RE is to "explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that students can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living."
At Bishop Perowne Church of England College we seek to:
•Provide students with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions represented in Great Britain;
•Develop their understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook;
•Develop in students a capacity to engage with challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, moral issues and what it means to be human in order to enhance their own spiritual and moral growth
•Encourage students to develop a positive and respectful attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.
Statement of Work
Key Stage 3
In Year seven students are introduced to key Christian beliefs, teachings and practices and follow units from the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE. Students engage in a study of Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam through a series of themed questions. Students also study PSHE topics related to the self and our place in the local and global community.
Autumn Term - An Introduction to Christianity – beliefs, teachings and practices.
Spring Term 1 – Do we need religious buildings or should we sell them and use the money to help the poor?
Spring Term 2 – Staying Safe and Relationships
Summer Term 1 – What is good and what is challenging about being a teenage Muslim in 21st Britain?
Summer Term 2 – What makes us good British Citizens?
In Year eight students continue to study religion and philosophical themes through key questions. Students continue to study Christianity as their main religion whilst also studying other religious and non-religious world views.
Autumn Term 1 – Does religion help people to be good?
Autumn Term 2 – Does living biblically mean obeying the whole Bible?
Spring Term – How can people express the spiritual through Music and Art?
Summer Term – Do we need to prove God's existence?
Key Stage 4
Students in our current Year ten and eleven are studying for the legacy WJEC GCSE in Religious Studies (Specification B). This course is examined through two exam papers which will be sat in the summer of 2017; there is no coursework element to this course.
Students have studied eight units, covering a range of topics such as marriage and family life; issues related to prejudice and discrimination; philosophical questions about the existence of God and the importance of religion; issues to do with religion and medicine; human rights and how believers can express their faith to others.
Students in Year Nine from 2016 onwards are studying for the Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies (Route A). This course is examined through three exam papers at the end of Year Eleven. The structure of the course is:
50% - Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World (from the perspective of Christianity and Islam). This includes the study of the four themes listed below:
Theme 1: Issues of Relationships
Theme 2: Issues of Life and Death
Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil
Theme 4: Issues of Human Rights
25% - A study of Christianity. Students study Christian beliefs, teachings and practices and sources of Christian authority in depth.
25% - A study of Islam. Students are study Muslim beliefs, teachings and practices and sources of Muslim authority in depth.
A student e-textbook written for this course has been published by Hodder and Stoughton and is available to purchase from https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Product?Product=9781471867651