Religious Education at Beaumont Leys School is part of the Humanities Faculty. The curriculum content is taught according to the locally agreed syllabus and covers the main faiths in the United Kingdom. There is high quality provision to enable all students at both KS3 and KS4 to study RE and it is expected that all students will sit a GCSE in the subject during years 9 and 10.
In partnership with the Learning for Life program at Beaumont Leys we aim to teach students how to live in a tolerant, multi faith society and cover topics relevant to young people in our community. Looking at the religions in the world allows our students to consider the different responses to some of life’s most difficult questions such as: Why is their war and poverty? Is there an afterlife? It also helps them to understand how the different cultures and communities in today’s world have developed and the impact religious belief has on individuals and communities.
KEY STAGE 3
Students develop an understanding of the key features of different religious beliefs, and consider how and why followers put these beliefs into practice. The KS3 RE program builds a strong foundation for the GCSE Religious Studies specification.
A wide range of both religious and social views are debated, which makes this an interesting and stimulating subject for them to study. Issues are examined from a religious and social viewpoint, reflecting on how moral values are applied to different aspects of modern life and considering what students’ own responses might be. Students are also given an opportunity to study how religion affects Leicester; evaluating the positives and negatives of a multicultural society.
We aim to enable students to learn in a variety of ways, including research, discussion, group work, drama and art. Students develop the ability to select, explain and evaluate relevant information, and to structure a clear response. Literacy skills and activities and firmly embedded into the KS3 program to support students with the extended writing and vocabulary of the GSSE program.
Units studied at Key stage 3 include:
- Religion, Leicester and Me
- Religious Buildings
- Good and Evil
- Prejudice and Discrimination
KEY STAGE 4
At Key Stage 4, all students follow the WJEC full course GCSE in Religious studies (spec B). In Year 9 students study their first component: Religion and Life Issues. It consists of the following four units:
- Our World
- Is it Fair
- Looking for Meaning
During Y10 students will study the second component of the GCSE: Religion and Human Experience. This component consists of 4 modules:
- Religion and State
- Religion and Medicine
- Religion and Expression
- Religion and Conflict
At the end of Y10 students will be examined on both components. There are two external exams, each consisting on 4 sections and are 1.45 minutes each.
During the course students will explore religious and social views on various modern day topics such as euthanasia and war. Students focus on two main religions: Christianity and Islam. They will gain an understanding on each faiths views on a variety of key issues and topics and will need to explain and debate these views using religious evidence and teachings. Students are also encouraged to incorporate their understanding of their own beliefs and experiences in their answers.
EXAM BOARD WITH LINK TO WEBSITE
USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT
Students can do revision quizzes at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs
A school made GCSE revision guide will be given to each student. There is also one available to purchase by following the link below.
- GCSE Revision Classes
- Visit to a local Mosque
- Saturday sessions prior to each exam