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R.E.: Addysg Grefyddol

The RE Department at Abersychan is located in two dedicated teaching rooms. Both rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and laptops/learn pads for pupils to use. RE is taught by Curriculum Leader, Mrs McFarlane alongside many other excellent teachers. The RE curriculum has been revamped for September 2016 to encourage a broader range of topics that will inspire and motivate Abersychan students to enjoy and progress in the subject.

Subject Leader:  Mrs S McFarlane ( staff3205@abersychan.schoolsedu.org.uk)

Course outline

Year 7:

  • Ø Why RE? - This unit introduces students to the reasons why RE is an important subject to study and how it relates to their own lives. Students consider the importance and value of having beliefs (both religious and non-religious) and are introduced to the beliefs of the 6 major world religions.
Assessment Examples 4a 4b 4c
5b 5a part 1 5a part 2 5a part 3
  • Ø The Island - In this unit students consider the main features of a religion such as a place of worship, rules, symbols, ceremonies and traditions. Students develop skills in collaboration, resourcefulness and capitalisation.
  • Ø Buddhism: How to be happy - Students are introduced to the key teachings and beliefs of Buddhism and reflect on how they can be beneficial to the lives of both Buddhists and non-Buddhists.
Assessment Examples 7c 6a 6b 6c 5a
5b example 1 5b example 2 5c example 1 5c example 2 4a 4b
  • Ø God and the Meaning of Life - In this unit students learn the key terminology associated with God and debate the main reasons why people either do or do not believe in God. Students will then learn about God in 2 of the major world religions; Christianity and Hinduism. They will develop their own beliefs about whether or not they think that God exists.
Assessment Examples 7c example 1 7c example 2 6b  
  • Ø  Creation Myths – students get the opportunity to investigate Inca, Chinese, Egyptian, Christian and Hindu creation stories culminating in an end of year project to create their own group creation stories and perform them as a play.

 

Year 8:

  • Ø War and Peace - In this unit, students learn about different issues surrounding the topic of war and peace such as whether or not Christians believe it is ever acceptable to use violence, the Just War Theory, and the concept of forgiveness. Students are encouraged to develop their own thoughts on these issues and make links to conflict in the modern world.
Example Assessments  7c 6a   6b
  6c   5a 5b 
   5c  4a  4b
  • Ø Heroes – students will investigate how religion has played a key part in the lives of many well known and respected individuals such as Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Jesus, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.
  • Ø What is Religion? - In this unit students consider what are the main characteristics of a religion? They do this through learning about a wide range of religions such as Jediism, Scientology, Kabbalah, Mormonism and Bahai. Each of these religions throws up issues that are relevant to the modern world and to the lives of our students. As part of the unit students have the opportunity to design their own religion incorporating everything that they have learnt.

Mid unit Assessment Examples

7b example 1  7b example 2  7c  6b example 1  6b example 2
 6c example 1  6c example 2      
End of Unit Assessment Examples

 

 7a   7c   
 6c example 1  6c example 2    

 

Year 9:

Mid Unit Assessment Examples

7b example 1 7b example 2 7c 6b example 1 6b example 2
6c example 1 6c example 2      

End of Unit Assessment Examples

7a   7c  
6c example 1 6c example 2    

 

Year 10: at GCSE RE, students study WJEC Specification B Religion and Life Issues. Four units are currently studied and students will look at a variety of topics relating to how Christians and Jews view the differing issues as well as their opinion on them.

. You will study and sit an exam on:

  1. Relationships - issues of love marriage and divorce.
  2. Is it Fair? – issues of justice and equality
  3. Our World – exploring creation and our place in the world
  4. Looking for Meaning – issues about God, life and death
Past Papers Mark Schemes Revision Materials Exemplar Papers
2012  2012 Topic Checklist  
2013  2013  Revision Guide  2013
2014  2014  Exam Tips  2014
2015  2015  Revision Booklet  2015

 

Year 11: at GCSE RE, students continue to study WJEC Specification B, now completing the Religion and Human Experience module. Four units are currently studied and students will look at a variety of topics relating to how Christians and Jews view the differing issues as well as their opinion on them.

  1. Religion and Conflict – issues of peace, forgiveness and war
  2. Religion and Medicine – issues of medical ethics and the sanctity of life
  3. Religion and State – issues of law and order in religion and society
  4. Religious Expression – issues of expressing one’s faith
Past Papers Mark Schemes Revision Materials Exemplar Papers
2012 2012  Topic Checklist  
2013 2013  Exam Tips  2013
2014 2014  Revision Booklet  2014
2015 2015    

 

What homework and assessments will I have to do?

Homework – a small piece of work will be set on average, every two weeks, to extend pupil understanding of the topics being studied and promote engagement.

Assessment - You will have at least one written assessed task per term to complete in school, based on what you have been learning in class and as part of your own research into the topics studied. This will be marked by yourself and a friend and you will set yourself targets for improvement. Your teacher will also mark it and give you a level as well as suggesting ways in which you can improve in the future. You will also have two presentation tasks to complete per year. Your classmates and your teacher will watch your presentation and offer feedback to help you improve. All homework will be set via www.showmyhomework.co.uk to help pupils and parents keep track of all homework set.

Homework - a small piece of work (usually an exam style question) will be set on average, every two weeks, to extend pupil understanding of the topics and exam technique being studied and promote a consistent recap of subject content.

Assessment - You will sit a mid unit assessment for every module you study as a homework task to assess your understanding of the content and exam technique you have been taught. You will also sit a mock exam after every module completed. All homework will be set via www.showmyhomework.co.uk to help pupils and parents keep track of all homework set.

 

What intervention and revision is on offer in RE?

KS3 Interventionstudents will be invited by letter to attend extra assessment help sessions in the spring and summer terms to aid them in progressing towards their target levels. These sessions will focus on understanding of the content taught as well as the assessment criteria and how best to ensure they meet this.

GCSE Intervention and Revision - There will be regular drop in sessions for all students during Wednesday lunchtime in HM1 to provide you with extra support. Students will also be invited by letter to attend extra revision sessions to aid them in progressing towards their target grades. These sessions will focus on understanding of the content taught as well as the assessment criteria and how best to ensure they meet this.

A range of revision activities can also be found at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

 

What visits can I go on?

Pupils will have the opportunity to visit Palpung Changchub Dargye Ling; a Buddhist Temple in Brynmawr.