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Religious Education Curriculum

Our Subject Vision

The Religious Education (RE) curriculum at TLA is balanced and broadly based, and which: promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. While, the content the students learn will investigate religions and worldviews through varied experiences, approaches and disciplines. While it provides ample time to reflect on and express their own ideas and the ideas of others with increasing creativity and clarity. While giving the students an ample time to become increasingly able to respond to religions and worldviews in an informed, rational and insightful way.

Which qualifications do we offer at KS4?

The specification at GCSE is AQA.

AQA | Religious Studies | GCSE | Religious Studies A

The Religions we will be studying;

  • Islam
  • Christianity

The themes we will be studying;

  • Relationships and families
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, human rights and social justice
  • Religion, crime and punishment.

Where could this subject ultimately take you?

Religious Studies is a highly respected discipline, with many employers and higher educational providers looking for the skills it develops. Many studies who have studied the subject go on to work in Public Service, Journalism, Politics, The Law, Tourism, and Medicine.

Temple Learning Academy - Teacher with pupils - 2023 (3)

What enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities do we offer in Religious Education?

Students have an opportunity to reflect and apply what they have learnt in Religious Education into weekly Personal Development lessons. This opportunity allows the students to reflect on key Religious / SMSC in an environment which is engaging, trusting and informative. While, this will be further supported in their study of RE through the assembly and form time programme. This allows students to have time to reflect on issues related to religious, moral and ethical themes at key points in the year, often related to religious, national and international events of significance.

What will students study in Religious Education?

Key Stage 3

At Temple Learning Academy, Religious Education is taught as a stand alone subject at Key Stage 3. Students study the key aspects of the major world faiths, as well as looking at bigger questions of morality and responsibilities, applying and discussing key religious teaching to a variety of social and moral contexts. There is a strong emphasis on students applying not only knowledge of Religion (Theology), but also considering how religion impacts on our thinking (Philosophy) and on our lives (Social Sciences). We ask big questions including; What is religion?, Should we keep our promises?, Why is Christianity so Diverse – is it dying or thriving?, and What do Buddhists believe?

Year 7

In Year 7 students, begin to develop their journey of Religious Education by studying the Islamic World and the life and believes of a person who follows the Islamic faith. Students will progress their Religious understanding of Religion by focusing on Christianity and the believes and practices of a person who follows the Christian faith. Moreover, students will continue to broaden their Religious Education by looking at Judaism as a religion with the final topic being a comparison between all the different religions covered so far. 

Year 8

In year 8 the students pick up from where they left off and start by studying the Buddhist religion and the main believes and practices.  Year 8 furthers a students’ Religious understanding as they examine more interesting topics such as the Hindu and Sikh religions retrospectively. This will provide the students with an overall balance of the major world-wide religions and give the students a broad understanding of the similarities and differences between them. Year 8 journey continues with a focus on more philosophy and ethical topics such as Where does religion fit in our society? How does religion affect our Ethical understanding? and How does religion affect our Ethical understanding? These topics challenge the students as they will put into practice what they have learnt about religion and how this affects every day decisions.

Year 9

In year 9, the students carry on with the theme of Philosophy and Ethics by starting the year on Medical Ethics and how life is impacted on by peoples religious and ethical believes. This leads to debates over warfare and the right and wrongs with it. While, the year moves to the students studying about family and religious believes around prejudice and persecution. Also, how our lives are impacted on those around us and how our relationships can have a massive affect on our lives and why it is important to develop positive and healthy relationships. With the students finishing the year on studying the penal system in our country and if it meets the needs as a society.

At the end of KS3, students can choose whether to continue to study Religious Education into KS4 and gain a GCSE qualification. For those that do not continue to study Religious Education to gain a qualification there will be a compulsory one hour a week for the students’ to further their understanding in a subject called ‘modern studies’.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Religious Education is taught through the Personal Development programme, with students studying religious issues as part of the wider thematic programme. Students look at issues such as Medical Ethics and Equality in a wider social and religious context. In addition to Personal Development, we offer GCSE Religious Education as an option for students. Students follow the Edexcel Religious Studies B route. This includes two units on two world faiths, Religion and Ethics (Christianity Paper 1) and Religion, Peace and Conflict (Islam Paper 2). Both papers allow for a developed understanding of the religions themselves but also how these religions fit into a wider national and international context in the 21st Century. Topics covered include Christian and Muslim Belief, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and Family, Crime and Punishment, Peace and Conflict.

Year 10

In year 10 the students start their Religious Education GCSE by studying Religious beliefs, teaching and practices. In this unit the students’ study two out of the following religions; Buddhism, Christianity, Catholic Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. At Temple Learning Academy we focus our attention on Christianity and Islam as they are the main religions in the modern world and give the students a broader understanding of these religions in society. The students will go into great detail about these religions focusing on the key elements and components of each religion. While the students will develop an understanding of key comparisons between the different religions and how they fit into the modern world.

Year 11

In year 11 the students focus on experimenting with their own moral and ethical understanding by studying themes such as relationships & families, peace & conflict, crime & punishment and human rights & social justice. The students’ will test their own views, ethics and morals by debating these themes and trying to apply their social understanding to key issues. While, the year will allow the students to fully develop their understanding of social justice, morality and the wider world.

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