Religious Education

Overview for Year 7:

During Year 7 you will be exploring a wide range of topics. We will be using the different religions of Leicester as examples in our work within the Leicester Agreed Syllabus for RE. Remember your opinions, ideas and beliefs, both religious or not are also important in this subject.  You will be in your form group for Religious Educations lessons and will have two lessons a fortnight.

Units of Work Covered in Year 7:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Living in Leicester

Jesus and his life.

Festivals

Food and religion

Laws and rules.

Caring for others.

What parents can do to help:

  • Encourage wider reading and understanding around a topic using library books from the college resources centre or from a local library.
  • What happens in the community of Leicester? Look out for evidence of religion in the local community including buildings, festivals being celebrated – perhaps out of doors, charitable activities  and other ways.
  • Talk and discuss with your son or daughter events in the media with religious and ethical angles to them.

Useful websites

BBC Religion and Ethics website has a wide range of information and useful articles http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/

BBC Bitesize  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/

The Fairtrade Foundation http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/what_is_fairtrade/default.aspx

There are many websites in religious traditions and some change frequently. These are just examples currently available; others are mentioned in class from time to time.

http://www.request.org.uk a website useful for topics in Christianity e.g. festivals

http://www.hindukids.org/  one of the many Hindu websites

http://www.sikhnet.com/ a Sikh site

http://islaminschools.com/ a Muslim site useful e.g., for festivals and fasts


Overview for Year 8:

During year 8 we will be investigating what it means to be human and some of the religious communities in Leicester including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. In these units one of the most important aspects is to explore what it means to be a member of the religion in everyday life. This can include attitudes, actions, worship, what matters in everyday life and how and why worship is important.

We also investigate topics such as suffering and workers for justice. The opinions, ideas and beliefs that students bring to this work are really important. Enquiry based strategies are used, in investigation and looking at how actions and beliefs are linked. You will have Religious Education twice a fortnight and in mixed ability groups.

Units of Work Covered in Year 8: 

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Who are we?

Sikhism

Fairtrade

Suffering

Islam

God through art.

Christianity

 

 

What parents can do to help:

  • Encourage wider reading and understanding around a topic using library books from the college resources centre or from a local library.
  • Investigation - What happens in the community of Leicester and in the wider world? Look out for evidence of religious belief and the impact of belief through charitable activities and other ways.
  • Talk and discuss with students events in the media with religious and ethical angles to them. Encourage them to see how there may be a variety of opinions and perspectives.

Useful websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/

BBC Bitesize  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/

There are many websites in religious traditions and some change frequently.  These are just a few examples currently available; others are mentioned in class from time to time.

http://www.request.org.uk/main/main.htm

useful for topics in Christianity http://www.hindukids.org/  one of the many Hindu websites http://www.sikhnet.com/ a Sikh site

http://islaminschools.com/ a Muslim site 


Overview for Year 9:

In Year 9 students will still be working on topics within the Leicester Agreed Syllabus for RE and will also start to investigate topics for the GCSE Religious Studies Religion and Life issues. Topics will include;

  • Religion in a multicultural community
  • Prejudice and Equality,
  • Religious and other views on the environment
  • Issues of war and peace.

In all topics students are encouraged to discuss their own and different points of views, and both religious and non-religious beliefs. Examples are particularly used from Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam. Enquiry based learning approaches are used and students are taught how to develop their writing effectively. Debate and personal investigation tasks are also encouraged.

 

Units of Work Covered in Year 9: 

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Religion in a multi-cultural society

Religious Heroes

Journeys and Pilgrimages

Origin and value of the Universe

Wealth and poverty

Environment.

What parents can do to help: 

  • Encourage wider reading and understanding around the GCSE topics using library books from the college resources centre or from a local library.
  • Investigation - What happens in the community of Leicester and in the wider world? Collect cuttings and articles and keep them in a file to add to knowledge for case studies.
  • Talk and discuss with your son or daughter events in the media with religious and ethical angles to them. Encourage them to see how there may be a variety of opinions and perspectives.


Useful websites -

BBC Religion and Ethics website has a wide range of information and useful articles:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/

BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize//

AQA (exam board) http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/rs/specifications/AQA-8062-SP-2016.PD