Religious Education

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The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

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‘RE explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.’

Year 7

Term 1

We begin with an exploration of the question “What is RE?” This includes learning key vocabulary (theist, atheist, agnostic), looking at the main Six Religions, a visit to St.George’s Chapel in Happy Valley. The students design a bookcover answering the question and then write an assessment. The bookcover is a competition and the winning cover will be shown on the website.
Homework:
Students will produce a bookcover and have some short tasks to complete at home.They will have key words to learn.
How to help:
The students may use colour in their books and to take a pride in keeping their work tidy and to try everything they are asked. Your support is appreciated. They will be asking you questions about belief please speak with them!

Term 2

Topic 1: “Does God exist and if he does what is he like?”

We explore the different ideas of God in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. We look at different arguments for the existence of God e.g. Cosmological Argument, Teleological Argument and Personal Experience.
We learn Key Vocabulary e.g. omniscient, omnipotent, transcendent, immanent etc….

Homework: Students will have short tasks to complete at home or some research.
How to help:
Borrow the film “Bruce Almighty” from the RE department and talk about the characteristics of God explored in the film.
Speak about belief in God and non-belief in God.

Term 3

Continue with Topic 1: “Does God exist and if he does what is he like?”
After half-term
Topic 2: Spirited Arts Competion
Homework:
Topic 1 Short tasks
Topic 2 completed in school
How to help:
Topic 1 When you are out an about in Cyprus encourage the students to recognise different places of worship and if possible visit some.
Topic 2 Ask your child about the themes and what work they are producing.

Year 8

Term 1

Who was Siddhartha Gotama? And how does his teaching affect the lives of Buddhists today?We explore the life of the Buddha firstly using the film “The Little Buddha” and then using an interactive programme on http://www.cvinteractive.org/lob/ or classroom-based learning.
Homework:
Completing tasks using the website above and classwork.
How to help:
Your child has a unique login to the website and could show you their work.
http://www.cvinteractive.org/lob/

Term 2

How did the world begin? (Has Darwin killed God?)

We use some stimulating resources from “The Wonder Project” to discuss this question.

Homework:
Short tasks will be set.
How to help:
Discuss the Big Bang and Creation with your child.
Borrow the film “Creation” from the RE dept. It is a life of Charles Darwin which was on general release for the 200th anniversary of his birth. It isn’t boring – promise!

Term 3

Continue with Topic 1: “Does God exist and if he does what is he like?”
After half-term
Topic 2: Spirited Arts Competition
Homework:
Topic 1 Short tasks set
Topic 2 Completed in school
How to help:

Topic 1 Talk to your child about your views on suffering.

Topic 2 Ask your child about the themes and what work they are producing

Year 9

Term 1

What matters most?

We explore this question using the “Dustbin Game” and the students write an assessment based on that. We then look at different Moral theories: egoism. Altruism, situation ethics and utilitarianism. The students produce a piece of work (free choice) to show their understanding. We then explore different Codes for Living and they produce their own one.

Homework:
Short tasks will be set.
How to help:
When watching television/films with them ask them what codes for living are being followed by the characters!

Term 2

Heroes? How do Buddhist beliefs motivate Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama? And Christian beliefs – Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

We explore the concept of heroes and the qualities required. We explore the lives of the people above and more. They produce a piece of work on their own hero.

Homework:
Short tasks will be set.
How to help:An interesting website is:
http://www.rejesus.co.uk/

Term 3

Topic 1: Jesus: liar, lunatic, liberator or..?

We begin this topic with a “life of Jesus”, we look at his key teachings and we see how he has been portrayed down the centuries. We look at the historical evidence for Jesus.

After half-term
Topic 2: Spirited Arts Competition

Homework:
Topic 1 Short tasks will be set
Topic 2 Completed in school
How to help:
GCSE Bitesizenew syllabus textbooks

Year 10

Term 1

 New AQA RS syllabus

Christianity and Islam: Belief and Practices

Homework:
Specific tasks will be set at key times e.g. revision for assessments.
How to help: AQA Past papers “Religious Studies B” Religion and Life Issues
GCSE Bitesize
2 new syllabus textbooks.

Term 2

 Continuation of the topic covered in Term 1: Christianity and Islam: Belief and Practices.
Homework:
Specific tasks will be set at key times e.g. revision for assessments.
How to help:
GCSE Bitesize
Students have textbooks for each topic and copies of each chapter for note-taking etc..

Term 3

Continuation of the topic covered in Term 1: Christianity and Islam: Belief and Practices.
Homework:
Specific tasks will be set at key times e.g. revision for assessments.
How to help:
GCSE Bitesize
Students have textbooks for each topic and copies of each chapter for note-taking etc..

Year 11

Term 1

Religion  and Early Life – we will examine when life begins and explore the moral issues involved in abortion. (Any student who does not want to study this topic will be able to choose a different one)

Mock exam

Homework:
Specific tasks will be set at key times e.g. revision for assessments
Revision for Mock Exam
How to help:
AQA Past papers “Religious Studies B” Religion and Life Issues
GCSE Bitesize

Term 2

Religion and War and Peace – Holy War, Just War, pacifism and the role of organisations like the Red Cross and Nato
Homework:
Specific tasks will be set at key times e.g. revision for assessments
How to help:
AQA Past papers “Religious Studies B” Religion and Life Issues
Use revision sheets available for downloading in the Student Area

Term 3

Revision for exams which usually begin in the second week of May
Homework: past questions and key facts/words learning
Revision
How to help:
Use revision sheets available for downloading in the Student Area
AQA Past papers “Religious Studies B” Religion and Life Issues
GCSE Bitesize
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