Bishop
Ramsey

A Christian Learning Community

    School Life

    Religious Education

    Staff

    • Mr M Britton - Head of Faculty
    • Mrs H Cullum
    • Ms A Hodgson
    • Mrs D Shah
    • Mr R Ubbi
    • Mr N Appel

     

    Religious Education in Bishop Ramsey School

    Religious Education (RE) is seen by Governors and Leadership as part of the core curriculum of the school as well as a key aspect of the schools Christian identity. All students study RE through to GCSE and many choose to continue that study through our A level Courses.

    What we teach      

    Religious Education is studied from a position of positive yet critical enquiry about the diverse religious views and practices found both in the UK and around the world. The syllabus allows students to develop their higher level thinking skills and develop their own sense of identity through open and honest discussion about the nature of humanity, concepts of God and the relationship between the two.

    Key Stage 3

    Year 7

    Year 7 students explore RE through an Integrated Thematic Curriculum. Students study the topic of 'Beginnings' in the Autumn term and 'Identity' in the Spring Term. They then go onto study Judaism as a world religion in the Summer Term.

     Year 8

    Year 8 students focus on exploring main world religions. In the Autumn Term they study Christianity with a focus on festivals and rites of passage. In the Spring Term they explore Hinduism as a world religion and move on to study Sikhism in the Summer Term.

     GCSE

    The years 9 – 11 follow the GCSE course where students study the AQA syllabus with Christianity and Islam.  

    In Paper 1 Students at GCSE will study the key beliefs, practices and teachings of Christianity and Islam. They will explore the diverse religious traditions and beliefs in Great Britain today with a focus on the main religious tradition in Great Britain today being Christianity. They will learn about the sources of wisdom and authority and be able to refer to the Bible, Qur’an or Sunnah using specific quotes or examples. The students will look at the influence of these teachings on believers, communities and the wider society.

    They will also explore the common and divergent views within the religions and the way that different belief may be understood in different traditions.

    In Paper 2 students will explore four religious, philosophical and ethical themes. They will learn about the different religious perspectives on the issues studied and the different perspectives from religious perspectives and non-religious beliefs such as atheism and humanism.

    Students must also study the impact and influence that the religious, philosophical and ethical themes have on the modern world.

    The themes that are studied are:

    • Relationships and families
    • Religion and Life
    • Religion, Peace and Conflict
    • Religion Crime and Punishment

     

    A level

    Our A level course follows the OCR Religious Studies syllabus that that incorporates the following elements:

     

    Philosophy of Religion

    Learners will study:

    • ancient philosophical influences
    • the nature of the soul, mind and body
    • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
    • the nature and impact of religious experience
    • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
    • ideas about the nature of God
    • issues in religious language.

     

    Religion and Ethics

    Learners will study:

    • normative ethical theories
    • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
    • ethical language and thought
    • debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
    • sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in  religious beliefs.

     

    Developments in Christian Thought

    Learners will study:

    • religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
    • sources of religious wisdom and authority
    • practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
    • significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
    • key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

    This is a linear course and students are examined at the end of year 13.