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RE

                                                                                                                                                                              

 

At Holte School RE is part of the Humanities faculty, where it aims to encourage students to have a high level of interest in religious, ethical and contemporary issues in a spirit of open enquiry, tolerance and respect for others as well as encourages students to develop the capacity to reflect on themselves, their experiences, their relationships and the world around them. Religious Education at Holte School is not just about learning facts and figures - anyone can do that on their own. Among other things studying Religious Education also includes:

  • understanding where peoples’ beliefs come from
  • understanding why people view the world differently
  • examining the fundamental questions of life
  • weighing up different beliefs, opinions, and experiences
  • working out your own views about how to live your life
  • relating the beliefs, values, and experiences of others to your own experience of life
  • encouraging students to make their own personal responses to spiritual and moral issues about life
  • Encouraging students to use empathy in order to enter creatively into the lifestyles and cultures of the different believers of the world religions

Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to pupils’ learning enabling them to reflect upon themselves as a whole person and also other people in society. The RE department aims to encourage students to have a high level of interest in religion and moral issues in a spirit of open enquiry, tolerance and respect for others as well as encourages students to develop the capacity to reflect on themselves, their experiences, their relationships and the world around them. 

RE is making excellent contribution towards students’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development by implementing different elements of SMSC in SOW’s and also incorporating literacy and numeracy in all RE lessons.

Staff

  • Head of Department: Mr M K Mahmood
  • 2nd in department: Dr S Farouk
  • Ms S Asghar Teacher of Religious Education
  • Teachers of Humanities who also teach some RE lessons: Ms Z Zubair, Ms S Sodhi and Mr S Ahmed

Key Stage 3

All students follow the curriculum laid down in the Birmingham’s Agreed Syllabus. This syllabus implements the requirements of The Education Act 1988 which promotes the ‘spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical’ development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The content of the Birmingham’s Agreed Syllabus reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principle religions represented in the U.K / local community including the secular approaches (Atheism and Humanism).

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn 1

Looking for God

Diversity in Christianity

Autumn 2

Who am I? Identity

What are we doing to the environment?

Spring 1

Jesus Christ Superstar!

Death and Beyond

Spring 2

What does it mean to be a Jew?

Seeking Justice

Summer 1

What does it means to be a Muslim?

Wealth and Compassion

Summer 2

Freedom (Nelson Mandela)

The Art of Peace – Buddha

 

Year 9

Two options are available to year 9 pupils (September 2019); RE core and full GCSE optional. All year 9 pupils start the Pearson Edexcel GCSE New specification A (9-1) ‘Faith and Practice in the 21st Century.’ RE Two faiths course covers two religions in year 9 (Islam and Christianity 50:50). The sections covered are; Beliefs and teachings, and practices in Islam and Christianity along with secular approaches including the atheism and humanism. In year 10 optional full GCSE pupils will continue the GCSE new specification (9-1) which is the study of two religions (Christianity and Islam). This specification will provide pupils an opportunity of having a 75% primary religion and 25% secondary religion of their choice. Core RE pupils’ statutory requirements of religious education will be met through the wider curriculum provided. Pupils will have a range of assignments and exam style questions as part of their assessments. There are links with History, Geography, Citizenship, PSHE and Science.

Key Stage 4

AT KS4, all pupils in year 10 and 11 are entered for Pearson Edexcel GCSE full course New Specification A (9-1) ‘Faith and Practice in the 21st Century. The syllabus develops students' prior knowledge whilst offering them new challenges and concepts. There will be three papers for GCSE religious studies. The students study two religions Christianity and Islam (75:25 options).

The following units are covered at KS4 for year 10 new specification (9-1):

Paper 1: Area of Study 1 — Study of Religion- Students study the content areas which are based upon their chosen religion either Christianity or Islam:

  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
  • Forms of Expression and Ways of Life

Paper 3: Area of Study 3 — Philosophy and Ethics- Students study the content areas based upon their chosen religion:

  • Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st Century
  • Arguments For the Existence of God

The following units are covered at KS4 for year 11 new specifications (9-1):

Paper 1: Area of Study 1 and 2 — Study of Religion: Students study the content areas based upon their chosen religion either Islam or Christianity:

  • Beliefs and teachings
  • Practices

 

Revision:  Paper 1, 2 and 3:

  • All year 11 pupils will be revising for all three papers by developing examination techniques and carrying out practise exam questions.

Key Stage 5 GCE A Level Religious Studies

At KS5 GCE Students follow A Level OCR – H573B New Specification. This qualification is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Student will develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical issues. New A Levels will be fully linear so assessment of a student’s knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of two years of study. There will be six papers altogether for A Level covering both year 1 and year 2 specifications.

A Level New specification September 2016

Year 1 A Level Religious Studies:

  • Philosophy of Religion (01)
  • Religion and Ethics (02)
  • Developments in Islamic Thought (04)

Year 2 A Level Religious Studies:

  • Philosophy of Religion (01)
  • Religion and Ethics (02)
  • Developments in Islamic Thought (04)

 

Homework policy

RE Homework is given as an extension of pupils’ learning and therefore its completion is important. Homework is set regularly by all RE teachers and pupils are required to record the detail of homework in their planners. Pupils can also send their homework via email to the relevant member of staff. At KS3 homework is set once in a fortnight and at KS4 at least twice fortnightly. Additional homework can be set at the discretion of the teacher. For KS5 homework is usually writing essays and completion of assignments on topics covered.

 

Additional reading, websites, activities

There are many Religious Education websites and books available for pupils to increase their knowledge of the topics we are studying. We would encourage pupils to read newspapers, watch the news and different television programmes on a regular basis to develop their awareness of different contemporary issues concerning the society we live in today. We always encourage pupils to take independence for their own learning in and outside of the classroom. RE department has its own collection of DVD library on different topics, ethical issues and dilemmas. Pupils have access to a large selection of books in the school library as well. Other useful websites include:

For year 7 and 8 the BBC Bitesize website is useful for some of the topics we cover: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh3rkqt

https://humanism.org.uk/

For year 9 and GCSE useful websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/god/

www.bbc.co.uk/religion/ethics/abortion/index.shtml   www.ukpriest.org

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/sanctity/cheuthanasiarev1.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/christianethics

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/   www.cafod.org.uk/

www.islamic-relief.org.uk/   www.muslimhands.org/en/gb/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/samesexmarriage/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/beliefs/hijab_1.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/christianethics/contraception_1.shtml

www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/islamethics/contraception.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/subdivisions/sunnishia_1.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/subdivisions/sufism_1.shtml

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/make-me-a-muslim

www.christianvocations.org

A Level useful websites:

www.rsweb.org.uk   www.rsrevision.com   http://ethics.acusd.edu/index.html

www.jcu.edu/philosophy/gensler     www.newadvent.org./

www.islamic-foundation.org.uk/    www.islam.org/     www.al-islam.org/

www.jannah.org

Contextual references:

Aristotle, Physics II.3 and Metaphysics V.2, Annas, J. (1998) An Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Oxford University Press, Chapters 9 and 10, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2004, rev.2013), Plato, http://plato. stanford.edu/entries/plato/, Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Summa Theologica I-II (93–95), Situation Ethics The New Morality, Lings, M. (1988) Muhammad: His life based on the earliest sources, Hallaq, W. (2009) An Introduction to Islamic Law, Cambridge University Press, Part 1, Ghazali, A.H.M. & Watt. M. (1995) The Faith and Practice of al-Ghazali: al-Munqidh min al-Dalal, Oneworld, Book 1.

Reading and Resource list for A Level Religious Studies

  • Oxford A level Religious Studies for OCR Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics AS and Year 1 by Libby Ahluwalia and Robert Bowie
  • Oxford A level Religious Studies for OCR Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics AS and Year 2 by Libby Ahluwalia and Robert Bowie
  • A students approach to world Religions- Islam by Victor W. Watton
  • OCR Philosophy and Ethics by Ina Taylor, Chris Eyre and Richard Knight
  • Understanding Religious Ethics by Richard Wright- A complete guide for OCR AS Ethics
  • As and A2 Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics Study Guide Robert A. Bowie
  • A New introduction to Islam second edition by Daniel W Brown
  • The life of Muhammad by Tahia Al-Ismail
  • Muhammad prophet and Statesman W. Montgomery
  • OCR Philosophy and Ethics by Chris Eyre, Richard Knight and Graeme Rowe
  • Understanding Religious Ethics by Richard Wright- A complete guide for OCR A2 Ethics
  • A New introduction to Islam second edition by Daniel W Brown

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • GCSE after-school and lunchtime revision classes
  • Easter revision classes
  • A Level revision classes

Towards the end of each academic year, revision classes are scheduled for all examination groups at KS4 and KS5. Letters will be sent to parents requesting permission for pupils to attend additional classes or participating in excursions or educational visits.

 

 

We are also committed to promoting our school values of ‘Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Responsibility’ to pupils at every opportunity.  We take every opportunity to ensure that our school’s Safeguarding Policy is adhered to in full at all times.

   
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