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Curriculum

Intent

Within Religious Education, we believe that every child has the capacity to learn, engage, reflect and experience quality Religious Education. This is within a creative, thought- provoking and understanding environment. We discuss the different cultures, religions and traditions within our diverse communities that are local, national and worldwide.

We provide and develop the skills of our young people to be respectful, reflective, intuitive and open-minded. This is with the vision of making their futures and their world a secure, accepting and diverse place to live.

Implementation:

Within Religious Education we have created a curriculum with stimulating and thought provoking aspects which enables students to engage and consider some of the most diverse and challenging religious, philosophical and ethical issues in our world currently.

Our curriculum will enable students to develop their thinking skills, knowledge of key religious, philosophical and ethical issues and to construct justified opinions whilst applying religious beliefs. Students will also have experiences in exploring philosophical and ethical content that is current and religious experiences that occur that are relevant to the curriculum.

Within the Religious Studies department the specialist team use a variety of techniques within lessons to engage students to a high standard in order for them to make excellent progress. Staff use stimulating and thought provoking video, discussion tasks, group tasks and extended writing tasks which foster an enthusiasm for the subject while preparing them for the demands of GCSE and A-level study. The department will use knowledge organisers, regular reading homeworks and extension tasks and activities to engage students and develop knowledge and understanding.

Through access to a number of learning opportunities including outside speakers, meditation and external visits, we will enable students to develop their learning through memorable and thought provoking experiences.

Impact

We wish that every child makes outstanding academic progress from their KS2 starting points which prepares them for their future learning at GCSE and A-level study. This requires high levels of knowledge and understanding of key religious, philosophical and ethical issues, skills in justifying their beliefs and opinions and also evaluating key curriculum content. We wish to develop the skills of our young people in many areas but in particular to leave Rainford High being respectful, reflective, intuitive and open-minded citizens. We wish for students to have developed many skills which will prepare them for the world of Further Education or for the demands of modern employment.

Possible careers and opportunities

A qualification in Religious Studies  is useful in the following professions:  Media, Law, Politics, Medicine the Army, Social care, the Police, and of course, Education.

Staff

Facilities

We have two dedicated classrooms in the East Block, E102 and E104.

Support

We offer numerous group and 1-2-1 revision sessions for students to prepare them for their GCSE examinations. Furthermore, all key information resources, Knowledge Organiser have all been placed on Rainford Connect to support your child’s learning.

Extra-Curricular

The enrichment opportunities in Religious Education are wide and varied. Here are just a few of the opportunities students at Rainford have experienced recently:

  • For GCSE and A Level students a day trip to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and the Liverpool Synagogue including a workshop exploring the topic of ‘Beliefs of Christians and The Jewish Community’.
  • A guest speaker from the charitable organization ‘Life’ visited school to discuss the topic of Abortion with all RS pupils.
  • A day visit to Cadburys world for Year 9 students focused on Business Ethics.
  • In the past 2 years, all GCSE and A-Level students have had the opportunity to meet a Holocaust Survivor.
Year 7 Curriculum:

Autumn term

  • ‘The Island’ – My Philosophy, students focus on spirituality, symbols and beliefs and philosophical arguments for and against a belief in a God.

Spring term

  • Moses and Abraham, students explore key ideas linking to covenants, laws and the way Jewish people live today.

Summer term

  • Judaism, students study beliefs and practice including Torah, Synagogue, Prayer, Jerusalem, Kosher and Weddings. They will also explore creation and stewardship.

Assessment

Your child’s progress will be assessed against the Religious Studies Progress Ladders.  Your child will be assessed formally in our whole-school Assessment Fortnights twice a year. In addition, you child will be assessed using GCSE style 6 mark questions; this will require your child to explain two beliefs, theories, ideas or influences of key Christian concepts.

Resources

To help support your child’s learning we have detailed Knowledge Organisers on each topic we teach. To help develop your child’s vocabulary and foster a love for reading, we also set four reading homeworks a term which are published on Show My Homework.  Further useful resources include: Rainford Connect and BBC Bitesize (URLS)

Year 8 Curriculum:

Autumn term

  • Islam, students learn about the main beliefs and teaching of inspirational religious people, focussing on the following people: Prophet Muhammad; MLK; Malala; Mother Teresa and Jesus.

Spring term

  • Jesus, students explore his role as the Son of God and whether he was a Rebel or Revolutionary.

Summer term

  • Buddhism, students explore the main beliefs and teaching and radicalisation, terrorism, extremism and injustice.

Assessment

Your child’s progress will be assessed against the Religious Studies Progress Ladders. Your child will be assessed formally in our whole-school Assessment Fortnights twice a year. In addition, your child will complete GCSE style 9 mark questions, which must focus on incorporating a religious quotation, belief or idea.

Resources

To help support your child’s learning we have detailed Knowledge Organisers on each topic we teach. To help develop your child’s vocabulary and foster a love for reading, we also set four reading homeworks a term which are published on Show My Homework. Further useful resources include: Rainford Connect and BBC Bitesize (URLS)

Year 9 Curriculum:

Autumn term

  • Crime, punishment and forgiveness, business ethics and capital punishment.

Spring term

  • Abortion and the Holocaust

Summer term

  • Religion and sport and religion and the media including the exploration of music, tv and film.

Assessment

Your child’s progress will be assessed against the Religious Studies Progress Ladders. Your child will be assessed formally in our whole-school Assessment Fortnights three times a year. In addition, your child will complete GCSE style 12 mark essay questions, which must focus on incorporating religious quotations, beliefs or ideas.

Resources

To help support your child’s learning we have detailed Knowledge Organisers on each topic we teach. To help develop your child’s vocabulary and foster a love for reading, we also set four reading homeworks a term which are published on Show My Homework. Further useful resources include: Rainford Connect and BBC Bitesize (URLS)