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Religious Education

Religious Education Staff
Mrs A Burn aburn@conyers.org.uk
Mrs A Brack abrack@conyers.org.uk
Mr D Kirk dkirk@conyers.org.uk

Please select the links below to view further information about the department. The assessment programme explains how and what the students will be assessed on along with information on how to prepare.

  • Key Stage 4
  • Year 7 Assessment
  • Year 8 Assessment
  • Year 9 Assessment
  • Year 10 Assessment
  • Year 11 Assessment

GCSE Religious Education

Introduction

Religious Education is one of the core subjects studied by all students and they started the GCSE Religious Education course in Year 9.

Skills

Learning about and learning from religion. Using subject specific language and keywords. Applying knowledge and understanding to a range of sensitive issues. Developing critical thinking reasoning and evaluation skills. Showing sensitivity and empathy in decision making whilst appreciating the views of others.

Units

The course will look at the following topics and encourage students to formulate and evaluate opinions on the units of study below :  Paper 1 –THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS Beliefs and Teachings and Practices of Christianity and Islam Paper 2 – THEMES Relationships and Families, Religion and Life, Religion and Peace and Conflict, Religion and Crime and Punishment

Assessment

AQA Specification A Two 1 hour 45 minute exams each worth 50% of final grade.  (Assessments both at the end of Year 11)

Year 7 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment focus and purpose Key concepts Preparation/key areas to revise
Baseline Assessment (teacher assessed) Purpose: to outline the level/depth/range of knowledge based understanding and skills needed for RE which Y7’s are beginning KS3 with and will also rely upon in KS4.
  •  AO1 – Select, List and Identify
  • AO1 – Describe and Explain
  • AO2 – Apply Religious Teaching
  • AO2 – Compare and Contrast and use Analysis
  •  Teacher may provide some knowledge based revision in class
  • No revision at home necessary, skills based assessment
  • No specific prior knowledge needed
  • Questions are accessible despite no revision

Term 2

Assessment focus and purpose Key concepts Preparation/key areas to revise
What is Spirituality? 45 minutes and added extra time if required by students SEND needs.
  • AO1 – knowledge
  • AO2 – Evaluation
Use exercise book for revision and iPads further further reading. Some useful websites: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/

  • What roles do symbols and images have in religion?
  • Where and how do people worship?
  • How do people celebrate? What is Eid?
  • How do Hindus celebrate? What is pilgrimage?
  • Why do Hindus visit The River Ganges?
  • What is the ‘Hajj’?
  • What are your opinions on the above things

Half Term 3

Assessment focus and purpose Key concepts Preparation/key areas to revise
What makes a person inspirational? 45 minutes and added extra time if required by pupils SEND needs.
  •  AO1 – knowledge
  • AO2 – Evaluation
 Use exercise book for revision and iPads further further reading. Some useful websites:

  • What is an inspirational person?
  • Gram Seed
  • Maria Cristina Gomez
  • Martin Luther King
  • Gandhi
  • How does religion help inspirational people?

Half Term 4

Assessment focus and purpose Key concepts Preparation/key areas to revise
End of Year 7 Exam (teacher assessed) All THREE units assessed 45 minutes and added extra time if required by pupils SEND needs.
  • AO1 – Select, List and Identify
  • AO1 – Describe and Explain
  • AO2 – Apply Religious Teaching
  • AO2 – Compare and Contrast and use Analysis
Students should revise everything from assessment 2 and 3 and also the following:

  • What is meant by the term religion?
  • What is the difference between fact belief and opinion?
  • What do people believe about God?
  • Why do some people not believe in God?
  • What is the history of religion?
  • What is meant by people of the book?
  • What are the ‘Indian’ religions?

 

Year 8 Assessment

Half Term 1

Assessment focus and purpose Key concepts Preparation/key areas to revise
Assessment 1: (teacher assessed) What is evil and suffering? 45 minutes plus extra time given if required by students SEND needs.
  • AO1 – knowledge
  • AO2 – evaluation
Students can use their exercise book for revision. Some useful websites:

  • What is moral and natural evil?
  • How is the Holocaust an example of moral evil?
  • How does natural evil effect belief in God? The Boxing Day Tsunami
  • Who is to blame for the existence of evil and suffering?
  • How do people respond to evil and suffering? Can good come from it?
  • How do Muslims, Christians and Buddhists respond to evil and suffering?

Half Term 2

Assessment focus and purpose Key concepts Preparation/key areas to revise
Why do we have human rights? 45 minutes plus extra time given if required by students SEND needs.
  • AO1 – knowledge
  • AO2 – evaluation
 Students can use their exercise book for revision. Some useful websites:

  • What is meant by Human Rights?
  • What is Human Dignity and how does it link to Human Rights?
  • How has terrorism affected Human Rights?
  • Why is there conflict between Israel and Palestine?
  • What can be done to promote Human Rights? The work of Amnesty International  and Banksy
  • What do religious people say about Human Rights?

Half Term 3

Assessment focus and purpose Key concepts Preparation/key areas to revise
Assessment 3: (teacher assessed) What is community cohesion? 45 minutes plus extra time given if required by students SEND needs.
  • AO1 – knowledge
  • AO2 – evaluation
Students can use their exercise book for revision. Some useful websites:

  • What is community cohesion?
  • How have the roles of men and women changed?
  • What are the religious attitudes to gender roles?
  • How is the UK a Multi Ethnic society?
  • Why do religious people promote racial harmony?

Half Term 4

Assessment focus and purpose Key concepts Preparation/key areas to revise
End of year exam of all units.45 minutes plus extra time given if required by students SEND needs
  •  AO1 – knowledge
  • AO2 – evaluation
Students can use their exercise book to revise all of the above three units.

 

Year 9 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Three assessments in this term:

  • Key beliefs in Christianity
  • Key Beliefs in Islam
  • Jesus and salvation
  • Authority in Islam (Taught in term 1 assessed in term 2)

The purpose of these assessments is to prepare students for Paper ONE ‘beliefs and practices’. Students will identify and practice the skills required for success at GCSE and familiarise themselves with the amount of marks awarded for certain questions. 45 minutes plus extra time given for pupils with SEND requirements.

  • Assessments will have a common structure of ONE question with FIVE parts
  • Pupils will be assessed on the following skills:
  • Recall of knowledge
  • Being able to show examples
  • Explain differences
  • Explain religious attitudes
  • Explain how x May influence y
  • Evaluate (offering different viewpoints, making a judgement)
  • God as Omnipotent and the holy Trinity and Christian beliefs about Creation
  • Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection, Ascension and life after death
  • Sin and Salvation
  • Sunni and Shi’a Islam and the oneness of God
  • Angels, Predestination and Life after Death
  • Prophethood
  • Holy books in Islam 

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Three assessments in this term:

  • Authority in Islam (Taught in term 1 assessed in term 2)
  • Worship and Festivals in Christianity
  • Worship in Islam

The purpose of these assessments is to prepare students for Paper ONE ‘beliefs and practices’. Students will identify and practice the skills required for success at GCSE and familiarise themselves with the amount of marks awarded for certain questions. 45 minutes plus extra time given for pupils with SEND requirements.

  • Assessments will have a common structure of ONE question with FIVE parts
  • Pupils will be assessed on the following skills:
  • Recall of knowledge
  • Being able to show examples
  • Explain differences
  • Explain religious attitudes
  • Explain how x May influence y
  • Evaluate (offering different viewpoints, making a judgement)
  •  Sunni and Shi’a Islam and the oneness of God
  • Angels, Predestination and Life after Death
  • Prophethood
  • Holy books in Islam
  • Worship and Prayer in Christianity
  • Baptism, Holy Communion Pilgrimage and Festivals
  • The five Pillars of Islam

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Two assessments in this term:

  • Duties and festivals in Islam
  • The role of the Church in the worldwide community

The purpose of these assessments is to prepare students for Paper ONE ‘beliefs and practices’. Students will identify and practice the skills required for success at GCSE and familiarise themselves with the amount of marks awarded for certain questions. 45 minutes plus extra time given for pupils with SEND requirements.

  • Assessments will have a common structure of ONE question with FIVE parts
  • Pupils will be assessed on the following skills:
  • Recall of knowledge
  • Being able to show examples
  • Explain differences
  • Explain religious attitudes
  • Explain how x May influence y
  • Evaluate (offering different viewpoints, making a judgement
  • Jihad
  • Festivals in Islam (Id-uL-fItr and Id-Ul-Adhr)
  • Ashura
  • Church in the local community
  • Christian persecution
  • Mission
  • Responses to world poverty

Year 10 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 1 (Teacher assessed) Theme A: Relationships and Families The purpose of the assessment is to engage pupils in the exam style for paper 2, which is named ‘Themes’. By completing this assessment pupils will become familiar with answering exam style questions and be able to practice their own written technique. Pupils will also become aware of the specific marks awarded for certain questions. 45 minutes given plus added time for pupils with SEND requirements
  • Assessments will have a common structure of ONE question with FIVE parts
  • Pupils will be assessed on the following skills:
  • Recall of knowledge
  • Being able to show examples
  • Explain differences
  • Explain religious attitudes
  • Explain how x May influence y
  • Evaluate (offering different viewpoints, making a judgement)
Pupils should revise the following areas from both a Christian and Islamic point of view:

  • Human Sexuality
  • Adultery
  • Contraception
  • Marriage and Divorce
  • The nature and Purpose of Families
  • Gender equality

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 2 (Teacher assessed) Theme B: Religion and Life The purpose of the assessment is to engage pupils in the exam style for paper 2, which is named ‘Themes’. By completing this assessment pupils will become familiar with answering exam style questions and be able to practice their own written technique. Pupils will also become aware of the specific marks awarded for certain questions.45 minutes given plus added time for pupils with SEND requirements
  • Assessments will have a common structure of ONE question with FIVE parts
  • Pupils will be assessed on the following skills:
  • Recall of knowledge
  • Being able to show examples
  • Explain differences
  • Explain religious attitudes
  • Explain how x May influence y
  • Evaluate (offering different viewpoints, making a judgement)
Pupils should revise the following areas from both a Christian and Islamic point of view:

  • Origins of the Universe and the value of the world
  • Use and abuse of the environment
  • Animal rights
  • Abortion and Euthanasia
  • Death and Afterlife

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 3 and End of Year exam (Teacher assessed)

  • Theme D: Religion, Peace and Conflict (May appear in term 1 of year 11)
  • End of year exam

The purpose of the assessment is to engage pupils in the exam style for paper 2, which is named ‘Themes’. By completing this assessment pupils will become familiar with answering exam style questions and be able to practice their own written technique. Pupils will also become aware of the specific marks awarded for certain questions. 45 minutes given plus added time for pupils with SEND requirements

  • Assessments will have a common structure of ONE question with FIVE parts
  • Pupils will be assessed on the following skills:
  • Recall of knowledge
  • Being able to show examples
  • Explain differences
  • Explain religious attitudes
  • Explain how x May influence y
  • Evaluate (offering different viewpoints, making a judgement
Pupils should revise the following areas from both a Christian and Islamic point of view:

  • Violent protest and terrorism
  • Reasons for war
  • Weapons of Mass destruction
  • Just war theory
  • Holy war
  • Pacifism
  • Victims of war and religious responses

Year 11 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 1 (Teacher assessed) Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment (This may run into term 2) The purpose of the assessment is to engage pupils in the exam style for paper 2, which is named ‘Themes’. By completing this assessment pupils will become familiar with answering exam style questions and be able to practice their own written technique. Pupils will also become aware of the specific marks awarded for certain questions.45 minutes given plus added time for pupils with SEND requirements
  • Assessments will have a common structure of ONE question with FIVE parts
  • Pupils will be assessed on the following skills:
  • Recall of knowledge
  • Being able to show examples
  • Explain differences
  • Explain religious attitudes
  • Explain how x May influence y
  • Evaluate (offering different viewpoints, making a judgement
Pupils should revise the following areas from both a Christian and Islamic point of view:

  • Reasons for crime
  • Aims of punishment
  • Attitudes to law breakers
  • Treatment of criminals
  • Causing suffering
  • Forgiveness
  • The death penalty

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Re-visit all units and complete practice questions on all.    

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Final GCSE so no class assessment to take place