Our vision is that Religious Education will allow students the opportunity to explore and engage with life’s ultimate questions – considering their own opinions towards topics as well as a range of religious perspectives. We aim to provide students with the skills required to become reflective and critical thinkers, students who are empowered to understand and respect differing beliefs and cultures, appreciating the strength that arises in diversity, not adversity.
“ Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.” Neil Armstrong.
We want our students to have the opportunity to explore and engage with life’s ultimate questions – considering their own opinions towards topics as well as a range of religious perspectives.
We aim to provide students with the skills required to become reflective and critical thinkers which will prepare them for being a member of their local community.
KEY STAGE 3
The Ks3 RE course at MCA is taught in half-termly units. Throughout Year 7 and 8 students will explore philosophical and ethical issues, such as why is there evil in the world? How did the world get here? Do we have the right to test on animals?. As well as investigating the 6 main world religions, looking at similarities and differences and exploring how religious believers express their beliefs and faith to others. Year 7 students are introduced to the concept of ‘belief’, with the chance to explore and reflect upon their own beliefs as well as learning about the beliefs of other people. The skills gained in Year 7, continue to be embedded in Year 8 through the application of their knowledge to specific moral issues or dilemmas. We use relevant and engaging real life examples as they emerge in the world to show the importance of learning about religion in the world and allowing students to understand and respect differing beliefs and cultures.
Our schemes of work include a variety of activities, including the use of group work, pair work, class discussions, drama, independent research, different forms of media including art & music, all of which helps form the exciting and engaging curriculum the students encounter. SMSC themes run throughout all of our schemes of work and we have a large focus on developing student’s ability to formulate justified opinions and be able to appreciate the opinions of others.
KEY STAGE 4
Religious Studies gives students an opportunity to explore challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God and other ethical issues. Religious Studies provides a great opportunity for students to engage with current issues; developing social, cultural and moral awareness. It encourages philosophical thought and decision making skills, allowing them to discuss and analyse topics they encounter in society and through the media. Religious Studies will help students to develop their own values and beliefs, gaining a greater sense of their own identity. Students learn how to think critically, listen empathetically, speak thoughtfully and write clearly. Students also learn the skills of debating, evaluating and analysing. These transferable skills will be of great use in a multitude of careers.
At KS4 we follow the AQA syllabus (Specification A), which consists of two components:
Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices (50% of GCSE)
Component 2: Thematic Studies (50% of GCSE)
Theme B: Religion and life
Theme C: The existence of God and revelation
Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict
Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment
Both components are assessed through a written exam each consisting of 1 hour 45 minutes, SPAG is also awarded across both papers.
"I enjoy RE lessons because it allows me to explore theological and philosophical questions, and challenge others beliefs. It allows me to think about and scrutinise my own beliefs, and ask questions I wouldn't have thought about before"
- Amber Adebusuyi, Yr9