Intent of Curriculum
At Babington our intent for the Religious Education curriculum is to enable our learners’ needs are met so that they can grow, aim high and thrive in their identities and ambitions throughout their lives. We intend it to be inclusive, inspiring and supportive and that it will build resilience in the face of the varied pressures and challenges that our students will face throughout their lives.
Specifically we aim to:
- Facilitate a cohesive understanding regarding the origins of and the place of religion and various worldviews in today’s world.
- Develop religious literacy; facilitating informed understanding and the distinction between cultural and religious beliefs and practices.
- Promote community cohesion by celebrating diversity and fostering respect for different identities.
- Challenge bad religion.
- Challenge negative perceptions of religion.
- Challenge extremism.
- Challenge specific issues surrounding our diverse community including forced marriage, FGM, Islamaphobia and Homophobia.
- Raise awareness and understanding of the UK’s Christian heritage.
- Develop opportunities to discuss the issues above.
- Promote critical thinking to facilitate the development of self-regulation in terms of students’ own beliefs and attitudes.
- Within the above parameters – support students in achieving the best GCSE RE exam results they can.
Implementation of Curriculum
We implement this through the delivery of a high quality religious and worldview education which places learning not terminal exams at the forefront of planning.
We jointly plan highly ambitious and aspirational subject specific responses to the RE statement of intent by designing schemes of learning that build students’ knowledge, understanding and skills progressively.
Throughout the schemes of learning, assessment is a meaningful vehicle for learning, of learning and as learning to ensure we make a profound positive difference to all students. Various Academy and Faculty quality assurance activities are undertaken to rigorously ensure that the implementation of the curriculum has maximum impact.
Schemes of learning will include opportunities to develop students’ skills of discussion, empathy, evaluation, inference, interpretation of religious and non-religious worldviews.
Impact of Curriculum
The Religious Education curriculum will make a profound, positive impact to the outcomes of every child. We will know that this is true as we are delivering a high standard of religious education, quality assured through qualitative and quantitative measures such as:
- Observing lessons and scrutinising planning
- Standards of learning in books
- Student voice
- Behaviour data
Students will be:
- Religiously literate
- Resilient to extremism
- Ready to challenge injustice and false perceptions
- Critically evaluative of their own place in the world and their own world views.
Students will make progress in line with their starting point and be successful in GCSE RE.
KS3 Year 7 – Laying the Foundation; ‘A wise man built his house upon a rock’.
- An introduction to RE at Babington
- The Big Story of the Bible and its relevance today
- Origins – exploring science and religion
- So, what do Muslims actually believe?
- So, what do Hindus actually believe?
- The Bible Project Competition
KS3 Year 8 - Debatable and Relatable RE; from a variety of religious and non-religious perspectives.
- Human Connections
- Morality and Suffering
- Beginnings and Endings
- United Nations Declaration of Human Rights
- Science and religion revisited
- A case study from Judaism
KS4 Year 9 and Year 10
All students have the opportunity to take the EDUQAS Full Course Religious Studies GCSE. Assessment for this is un-tiered, i.e. all units cater for the full range of ability and allow access to grades 1-9.
The course is examined at the end of Year 10. There will be three exams relating to each of the three components outlined below.
Components 2 and 3 are studied during Year 9.
Component 1 is studied during Year 10.
EDUQAS GCSE Religious Studies Route A
Component 1 makes up 50% of the course
Students study the following four themes from Christian and non-religious perspectives:
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
Component 2 makes up 25% of the course
Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity
Component 3 makes up 25% of the course
Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of a world faith. Students will choose either Islam or Hinduism.
All components are assessed by compulsory questions focussing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the subject content.
Helping Your Child with Homework
Homework for all students is set on https://showmyhomework.co.uk/
In RE we encourage students to discuss world and local events at home and explore their own responses to these as well as your responses.
Additional Support for RE students
From the autumn half term there will be weekly revision classes after school for Y10 RE and occasional Saturday revision sessions.
GCSE students have access to the website;
The website is being regularly updated with course and revision resources. Please encourage your child to explore the relevant website and to use the resources.
Teachers also use www.edmodo.com to make lesson and other resources available for catch-up and revision at both KS4 and KS3.
The exam board site has further resources – but the sample exam papers they provide are not accurate. www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/gcse/