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Greenback High School

Greenbank High School

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RE

Religious Education is taught in mixed ability groups and is enjoyed by students from all ages, abilities and faith backgrounds. Students will gain an insight into the beliefs and practices of the six major world faiths, and will also be given the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs. The study of religion encourages pupils not only to celebrate cultures different from their own, but also to explore and evaluate their own beliefs and ideas about life’s “big questions”. In our multi-cultural society, Religious Education is a crucial and relevant part of the curriculum, and the department aims to equip students with skills of critical analysis, respect for others, and independent thought.

KS3

Throughout key stage 3, students will cover the main six world faiths, and will also be given the opportunity to reflect on their own ideas about God. Each topic will begin with a keyword test, and students will be formally assessed with a written test, three times per year. Homework will be given three times each half term, and will feature a combination of revision, research and creative tasks which will consolidate learning and encourage independence.

In Year 7, students will attend a one hour-long lesson per week. The autumn term will begin with an introduction to the six world faiths, and will focus on places of worship. In the spring term, students will focus on the Hindu faith, using creative skills to explore the Hindu deities and key ideas behind the faith. The topic in the summer term will be Sikhism, focusing on the history of the Sikh faith, as well as current practices and festivals.

In Year 8, students receive one hour lesson per week. In the Autumn term, students will study the religion of Judaism. They will explore Jewish history and discover how this faith is still celebrated today. They will also learn about different types of Jewish identity, and look at the festivals and rituals celebrated by Jewish people. The Spring term will feature a topic called 'Human Rights and Wrongs', which looks at the origin of human rights, and how those rights are respected but also violated in some societies. We will explore the issue of extremism, and look at abuses of human rights and examples of radicalisation and terrorism throughout history, such as The Ku Klux Klan, The Nazis, and in modern times, ISIS. This topic will also explore questions surrounding poverty, injustice, capital punishment and animal rights. In the Summer term, students will study Buddhism. They will aim to discuss the impact that this ancient Eastern philosophy has on our society, and will explain the Buddhist pursuit of happiness. We will also explore the benefits and challenges of being a Buddhist in modern Britain. 

In Year 9, students receive one hour lesson per week. In the Autumn term, students will study the religion of Judaism. They will explore Jewish history and discover how this faith is still celebrated today. They will also learn about different types of Jewish identity, and look at the festivals and rituals celebrated by Jewish people. The Spring term will feature a topic called 'Human Rights and Wrongs', which looks at the origin of human rights, and how those rights are respected but also violated in some societies. We will explore the issue of extremism, and look at abuses of human rights and examples of radicalisation and terrorism throughout history, such as The Ku Klux Klan, The Nazis, and in modern times, ISIS. This topic will also explore questions surrounding poverty, injustice, capital punishment and animal rights. In the Summer term, students will study Buddhism. They will aim to discuss the impact that this ancient Eastern philosophy has on our society, and will explain the Buddhist pursuit of happiness. We will also explore the benefits and challenges of being a Buddhist in modern Britain. 

KS4

In Year 10 and 11, all students will complete the Edexcel Religious Studies GCSE course, focusing on ‘Religion and Life’ and ‘Religion and Society’ from a Christian and Islamic perspective. The eight topics covered in the GCSE are Belief in God, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and the Family, Community Cohesion, Rights and Responsibilities, Environmental and Medical Issues, Peace and Conflict, and Crime and Punishment. The GCSE is assessed with two written exams at the end of Year 11. Students will also be formatively assessed through in-class keyword tests and exam-style assessments for each of the eight topics, and will also complete a Religious Studies paper as part of their mock examinations at the end of year 10. Students are taught in mixed ability classes and will attend two hour-long lessons per week. Homework will be given each week, and will consist of revision tasks and GCSE-style questions, in order to build up knowledge of key facts and exam technique.

Extra-curricular

Students will visit both of Liverpool’s Catholic and Anglican cathedrals and the Synagogue as part of the key stage three R.E. course. There will also be an opportunity to travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland in conjunction with the history department.

The R.E. department also runs ‘Philosophy Club’, which allows students to challenge their own perspective of reality, and to tackle controversial issues in a safe and open environment. Philosophy Club is hosted in conjunction with a philosophy specialist from a local sixth-form college.


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Staff

Miss L Rimmer - Subject Leader for Religious Education

Mrs H Clarke - Teacher of Religious Education

Mrs C Moorehead - Teacher of Religious Education

Mrs S Smith - Teacher of Religious Education

 

Miss G Battersby - Teacher of RE


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