RE

At Clayton Hall Academy, the International Studies Faculty has been established to serve the needs of the community by nurturing a multi-lingual, multi-literate and multi-cultural experience, preparing students to be thoughtful, engaged and educated citizens of a globally aware society.

This is underpinned by Gold Standard Quality First Teaching meaning high quality inclusive teaching, together with our continuous whole school processes for assessing, planning, implementing, tracking, monitoring and reviewing student’s progress, we specifically pledge to develop:

  • Student autonomy
  • Actively involved and engaged learning
  • Cultural enrichment and awareness
  • Communication capabilities and
  • Skills specific to the study of International Studies

Gold Standard Teaching and Learning

  • Assessment maps, interweaved with PLC’s, to be integral in developing a students’ autonomy and understanding of their own progression and target setting
  • Target Language to be used by the teacher and students (key focus for 2019 – 2020), so that the students are immersed in the world of the language (as they would be abroad), thus maximising the potential for retention and retrieval.
  • Regular use of subject specific terminology (supporting Tier 3 Language Skills) to be used by the teacher and students, across both Key Stages, , so that the students retention skills are developed, supporting the higher grades at GCSE Level. This is a key focus for 2019 – 2020.
  • A range of skills – Listening, speaking, reading and writing with as much use of conversational exercises as possible to increase the confidence of students in the target language which then opens up the learning for the grammatical side of things
  • Appropriate differentiation
  • Stretch and challenge through questioning, modelling (both student and teacher) and via the variety of tasks set
  • Assessment for learning
  • Effective use of summative data to inform short, medium and longterm planning
  • DIRT
  • Pair work, group work and independent work

 

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7

When What we are Studying

 

Autumn 1 Introduction to RE. Examination of key terms and beliefs about God. Assessment is through a GCSE style Baseline assessment (AO1 and AO2 questions)
Autumn 2 Religious Worship – examining all 6 of the world religions (an iPad scheme of work is running alongside) with a GCSE style assessment (AO1 and AO2 questions)

*split teaching groups will be completing Religious Worship and Celebrations alongside each other

Spring 1 Celebrations – examining celebrations from the 6 major world religions compared with non-religious celebrations. Assessment in the form of an A02 Evaluation question – Importance of festivals (Brobinog)

*split teaching groups will be completing Religious Worship and Celebrations alongside each other

Spring 2 Celebrations
Summer 1 Myself and My Beliefs – we examine religious and non-religious forms of belief and influence. Assessment AO1: Salvation Army (Christian Beliefs) assessed through a research project with A02 Evaluation extended writing question on the importance and influence of Gandhi today.

*split teaching groups will be completing Myself and My Beliefs and Whose world is it anyway alongside each other

Summer 2 Whose World is it anyway – examining the ideas of stewardship, dominion and creation as well as current issues around pollution. GCSE style assessment (AO1 and AO2 questions)

*split teaching groups will be completing Myself and My Beliefs and Whose world is it anyway alongside each other

 

Year 8

When  What we are Studying?  
Autumn 1   A Good book: General introduction to the importance of reading before moving onto examine the Guru Granth Sahib. AO1 Research project assessment on ‘What is the Guru Granth Sahib and why is it shown respect’
Autumn 2   A Good book: The Bible (What is the Bible, how and why is it used) Evaluation skills on the importance of the Bible and other holy books to believers today. GCSE style assessment (AO1 and AO2 questions)
Spring 1   Speaking in parables: Role of stories with a focus on Aboriginal tribal Dreamtime Stories. What are parables and why are they important?
Spring 2   Speaking in parables: Detailed analysis of the meaning and relevance of The Good Samaritan & The Lost Son. Drama group work activity. GCSE style assessment (AO1 and AO2 questions)
Summer 1   Life after death: Ultimate Questions (GCSE Prep) What is the meaning and purpose of life? What happens when we die? (Christianity. Islam, Judaism) Reincarnation (Hindu)
Summer 2   Life after death: Ultimate Questions (GCSE Prep) Samsara (Buddhism). Near death experience and the role of faith in those. GCSE style assessment (AO1 and AO2 questions) Students plan and design a board game to consolidate all knowledge.

 

Key Stage 4 Overview

For the Year 9 Cohort 2019-20 we are trialing an interleaving of topics so there will be some repeat of topics below Year 9 2019-20

  

When  What we are Studying? 
Autumn 1   Religion Paper 1: Christian Beliefs
Autumn 2   Religion Paper 1: Christian Beliefs
Spring 1   Religion Paper 1: Buddhist Beliefs: Birth and life of the Buddha, the four sights, ascetic life, the enlightenment, the Dhamma, the four noble truths, the eightfold path. Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice
Spring 2   

  For the Year 9 Cohort 2019-20 we are trialling an interleaving of topics so there will be some repeat of topics above

 

Summer 1 
Summer 2 

 

Year 10 2019-20

When  What we are Studying?  
Autumn 1   Religion Paper 1: Buddhist Beliefs: Birth and life of the Buddha, the four sights, ascetic life, the enlightenment, the Dhamma, the four noble truths, the eightfold path. Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice
Autumn 2  Religion Paper 1: Buddhist Beliefs: Dependent arsing, three marks of existence, Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, Arhat and Bodhisattva, Pure Land Buddhism. Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice plus an end of topic AO1 and AO2 GCSE style assessment.
Spring 1  Religion Paper 1: Buddhist Practices: Places and forms of worship, Samatha; Vipassana meditation, visualisation of Buddha’s and Bodhisattvas, Ceremonies associated with death and mourning.  Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice
Spring 2   Religion Paper 1: Buddhist Practices: Wesak and Parinirvana Day, kamma and rebirth,karuna, metta, five moral precepts, six perfections.  Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice plus an end of topic AO1 and AO2 GCSE style assessment.
Summer 1  Themes Paper 2: Theme B Religion and Life: Origins and value of the world, use and abuse of environment and animals, pollution, human life, abortion, euthanasia and death.  Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice plus an end of topic AO1 and AO2 GCSE style assessment.
Summer 2  Themes Paper 2: Theme E Religion, Crime and Punishment: Reasons for crime, attitudes to lawbreakers and types of crime and punishment, aims of punishment, suffering, forgiveness and the death penalty. Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice plus an end of topic AO1 and AO2 GCSE style assessment.

 

Year 11 2019-20

When  What we are Studying?   
Autumn 1  Themes Paper 2: Theme A Relationships and Family: Human sexuality, contraception, family planning, marriage, divorce and remarriage, nature and purpose of the family and gender equality.  Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice plus an end of topic AO1 and AO2 GCSE style assessment.
Autumn 2  Completion of Theme A.

Themes Paper 2: Theme D Religion, peace and conflict: Violent protest, terrorism, reasons for war, weapons of mass destruction, just war, holy war, pacifism and peace-making. Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice plus an end of topic AO1 and AO2 GCSE style assessment.

Spring 1  Completion of Theme D: Assessment throughout through research and exam question practice plus an end of topic AO1 and AO2 GCSE style assessment.

Review/Revision of Christian: Beliefs and practices with Buddhism: Beliefs and practices

Spring 2   Revision and Exam Skills
Summer 1   Revision and Exam Skills

 

Key Stage 4 Examination Overview

Exam Board Details: AQA Religious Studies A Christianity and Buddhism

Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes The study of religions (Buddhist and Christian beliefs and practices) 50%

Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes Thematic studies (4 Theme papers) 50%

 

What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child?

AQA Revision Guide Religious Studies A (9-1) Christianity and Buddhism (ISBN 978-0-19-842285-3)

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (9-1) Workbook: Themes through Christianity and Buddhism for paper 2 (ISBN 978-0-19-844565-4)

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (9-1) Workbook: Christianity and Buddhism for paper 1 (ISBN 978-0-19-844564-7)

 

What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use?

RE Quest https://request.org.uk/

BBC Bitesize ks3: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zh3rkqt

BBC Bitesize ks4: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zjgx47h

General: https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/, https://www.reonline.org.uk/, https://studywise.co.uk/gcse-revision/religious-studies/,

What can I do to encourage my child to take further interest in RE?

Watch, read and talk about the news. Ask and discuss BIG questions. Consider religious responses to world events – why would they do what they do? Consider issues of equality, tolerance harmony.

 

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