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KS3 Religious Ed

Religious Education at Audenshaw is forward thinking, relevant and challenging. The Religious Education department are passionate about provoking meaningful dialogue about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

The Religious Education department is wholly committed to developing the knowledge and understanding of all students, regardless of ability, gender, race or religious persuasion. Students are taught by highly qualified and experienced specialist teachers and are offered opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. The main aim of the department is to challenge students to reflect on issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics; leading to the ability to analyse, interpret and to communicate their responses.

The department is dedicated to enabling students to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It encourages students to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community. The department facilitates student’s understanding of the important role Religious Education plays preparing them for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables students to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables students to combat prejudice. The Religious Education department has a long record of outstanding GCSE and A level results and strives to maintain a stimulating and engaging learning experience for all.
 

Year 7 - Curriculum Information

At KS3 RE is taught in themes which are inspired by the Tameside Agreed syllabus. Students have the opportunity to learn about and from the 6 major world religions plus humanism and new aspects of New Religious Movements where appropriate. 

Investigating God – Basic philosophical questions on the nature of God
Important people – The lives, work and influence of The Buddha, Guru Nanak and Muhammad
Prayer and Worship – Investigation in to expressing faith within Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam
What does religion cost? - The theme of sacrifice within Christianity & Sikhism.
 

Year 8 - Curriculum Information

At key stage 3 Religious Education is taught in themes which are inspired by the Tameside agreed syllabus. Students have the opportunity to learn about and from the 6 major world religions plus humanism and new aspects of new religious movements where appropriate. 

Jesus – As a human, as the incarnation of God and his relevance in 21st century.

Journeys of faith 1.1– Rites of passage as aids to a person’s spiritual journey through life including marriage and funerals.

Journeys of faith 1.2– Pilgrimage as an aid to a person’s spiritual journey through life including Christian sites and Hajj.

Life after death – An overview of the possibilities for what might happen after death from a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and humanist perspective.
 

Year 9 - Curriculum Information

At KS3 RE is taught in themes which are inspired by the Tameside Agreed syllabus. Students have the opportunity to learn about and from the 6 major world religions plus humanism and new aspects of New Religious Movements where appropriate. 

Conflict and reconciliation 1.1– Investigation the role of religion within global conflict, initially, Northern Ireland (study project). The impact of Christian teaching on forgiveness and the way in which religion is used as a tool to unite communities.

Conflict and reconciliation 1.2– Investigation the role of religion within global conflict, Israel and Palestine. Considering the value of Holy land and justification for war.

What I want to know - An introduction to the philosophy of religion, asking ultimate questions such as: does God exist? Why do we suffer? What is the meaning of life? The questions are explored and possible answers from Christianity and Buddhism are offered alongside the humanist view.

In the final term of year 9 students will be beginning their studies of GCSE RE, specifically the unit 'Uses of Medical Technology'. In this unit they will be introduced to facts and ethical debate surrounding fertility treatments, cloning and genetic engineering.
 

Key Stage 3 - How parents/carers can support their child

​Year 7

Discuss the issues with your child when they are doing their homework tasks, many homework in year 7 are to 'ask people at home' to gain a range of perspectives.

Year 8

During journeys of faith they will need your help to discuss and research the rights of passage and gain a variety of views on rights of passage.

Year 9

Support your child by discussing the big questions during our 'What I want to know is' unit. When they begin their study of GCSE RE in the final term you can access the AQA website with them to look at the GCSE specification and past exams.
 

Useful Websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/ good source of information for and videos topics and revision

http://request.org.uk (RE quest) good source of information and videos for topics and revision


External links are carefully selected, however Audenshaw School is not responsible for the content of external websites.
 


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