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RS, Culture & Citizenship

Primary

EYFS

In the Nursery and Reception classes, our students are encouraged to develop culturally and are exposed to a variety of religious and cultural experience, through stories, topics, visits and visitors. Students are assessed according to the early learning outcomes of which is the PSED strand which covers making relationships, self-confidence, managing feelings and behaviour. In the understanding the world strand, students are assessed under their knowledge of people and communities and of the World.

Key Stage One

In Years 1 and 2 our students follow the Bristol RE scheme. There are opportunities to take part in our daily act of worship, through assemblies and the Merchants’ Academy Homily. We celebrate Christmas, Harvest and Easter as part of our British culture and also expose our students to religions from around the world. We hold an annual RE day with a different theme each year.

Yr 1

Where do we belong?

Why are some stories special?

Why is our world special?

Yr 2

How do we celebrate our journey through life?

Why is Jesus important?

Why are some places special?

 

Key Stage Two

In Years 3-6 our students follow the Bristol RE scheme. There are opportunities to take part in our daily act of worship, through assemblies and the Merchants’ Academy Homily. We celebrate Christmas, Harvest and Easter as part of our British culture and also expose our students to religions from around the world. We hold an annual RE day with a different theme each year.

Yr 3

What is important to me?

Why do religious books and teachings matter?

What does it mean to belong to a religion?

Judaism

What does it mean to belong to a religion?

Hinduism

Yr 4

What can we learn from the life and teaching of Jesus?

Who is Jesus?

What can we learn from the life and teaching of Jesus?

Jesus.

The Easter story

What does it mean to belong to a religion?

Islam

Yr 5

What does it mean to belong to a religion?

Christianity

How do people express their beliefs and identity?

Why do religious books and teachings matter?

Yr 6

How should we live and who can inspire us?

How do we make moral choices?

What do people believe about life?

           

Secondary

Years 7 and 8

Topics studied and content covered include:

Year 7

Year 8

In Year 7 students study a variety of topics closely linked with Religion, Culture and Citizenship. Students look at religions of the world and what it means to be a global citizen. Look at key issues and questions of life and death.

In Year 8 students look at issues such as prejudice and discrimination and complete a study on Islam and islamophobia. Students also study key issues and debates around topics such as abortion and euthanasia and the religious arguments and debates surrounding them.

 

Years 10 & 11

Not currently an examination course option

Sixth Form

Years 12 & 13

Course Title: Religious Studies
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification: A Level

About the course
The course offers an academic approach to the study of religion. Our Religious Studies A Level course encourages candidates to: – develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world. To treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion. We also aim to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion and reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

Component 1:  AS Unit A Religion and Ethics 1

Overview of content:

  1. Utilitarianism
  2. Situation Ethics
  3. Religious teaching on the nature and value of human life
  4. Abortion and euthanasia

Contribution to final grade: 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

How it is assessed 1 hour 15 minute written examination (Each unit is worth 90 marks)

Component 2: Religion, Art and the Media

Overview of content:

  1. The nature and purpose of religious art
  2. Religion, art and popular culture
  3. Cyber religion and TV religion

Contribution to final grade: 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

How it is assessed
1 hour 15 minute written examination (Each unit is worth 90 marks)

Component 3: Religion and Ethics

Overview of content:

  1. Libertarianism, free will and determinism
  2. Virtue Ethics
  3. Religious views on sexual behaviour and human relationships
  4. Science and technology

Contribution to final grade: 25% of A Level

How it is assessed
1 hour 30 minutes written examination (100 marks)

Component 4: Religious Fundamentalism

Overview of content:

  1. The Nature of Fundamentalism
  2. Fundamentalism in its context
  3. In Christianity – Plymouth Brethren, Elim Pentecostalism, Southern Baptists
  4. In Islam – Muslim Brethren, Khomeini’s revolution, Taliban

Contribution to final grade: 25% of A Level

How it is assessed
1 hour 30 minutes written examination (75 marks)

Further information:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/as-and-a-level