The Religious Education department aims to give students the opportunity to build upon their prior knowledge of Christianity and other faiths that are represented in Great Britain. It provides them with a ‘space’ to reflect upon, and express, their personal beliefs, and those of others. Religious Education enables students to develop skills such as using key terminology, knowledge of beliefs, teachings and traditions, understanding, explanation, prediction, interpretation, synthesis, analysis and evaluation. During their time at Grace Academy, students study a variety of units to enable them to develop and extend their knowledge, and make links between concepts, whilst developing skills that will be key to them building on in their future pathways.
Within Religious Education, we operate a spiral curriculum, and topics continually link back to prior learning which reinforces understanding and helps pupils to make links between concepts and topics. This linking back approach is designed to help pupils become more confident in tackling more abstract ideas, and enable them to be resilient when approaching exam questions.
Religious Studies STAFF:
Miss V Dainty– Head of Department
Mr H Mann– RE teacher
Mr P Miles – Assistant Principle/ RE Teacher
Miss Maknun – RE teacher
Pupils in Year 7, 8 & 9 will complete a range of topics from a systematic and thematic approach. Students study Christianity and other faiths that are represented in Great Britain. Their understanding of different faiths is sometimes through themes, looking at how religious believers respond to issues that are in the world in which they live. Lessons are built around the “Big ideas”, and wherever possible, concepts are linked to real life to help scaffold understanding and help pupils to see the importance of Religious Education in the world around them. The KS3 curriculum covers a broad range of content, designed to help prepare them for the GCSE course. Students are assessed by the completion of assessments which will cover content from that half terms topics, as well as previous units.
Our GCSE Religious Studies course starts in Year 10, following the AQA specification (A). Lessons frequently link back to prior learning from previous units in KS3 & KS4 in order to help pupils recognise the links between the topics they have covered, and support them to develop joined up thinking. Students are assessed through the completion of half-termly assessments which will cover content from that half terms topics, as well as previous units. In year 10, PPE exams will take place in January and June to track progress, and identify any intervention requirements. Students sit two papers in their final examination (8062MA).
Year 11 students will complete three sets of PPE exams in October and March to track progress & enable pupils to feel confident and as prepared as possible for the final summer exams