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Contact: Mr. David Johnson
The RE Curriculum:


Religious Education at KS3 is taught according to the Diocese of Durham 'Illumination Pathways' Syllabus. Students learn about the major faiths represented in Britain today as well as having a sound grounding in Christian faith and belief.
The RE curriculum is designed around big questions at Key Stage 3 and big themes at Key Stage 4. In all RE lessons students are encouraged to voice and express their own opinions and beliefs at the same time as listening to those of others. As much as possible local, national and global stories are used to aid and enhance the learning.


All students have at least two hours of RE each week at both key stages. All students complete the Full Course Religious Studies GCSE from WJEC, syllabus B. Students consistently perform very well. High percentages of students achieve an A*-C with a high percentage attaining an A*/A. We have also had other successes in the RE department including an Outstanding SIAS inspection a gold award from the national RE Quality Mark and students winning national competitions.


In the RE department we endeavor to make the curriculum as interesting as possible. We have developed an excellent relationship with the Youth for Christ organisation who frequently come into RE lessons. We also invite Gram Seed into school each year to speak to our Year 9 students. We have a yearly trip with Year 7 to Durham Cathedral and a place of pilgrimage with our Year 10.


As Venerable Bede is a Church of England Academy our school day includes a daily act of collective worship. Parents have a right to withdraw their son/daughter from both worship and Religious Education.

Parents wishing to exercise their right to withdraw their son/daughter from Religious Education, Worship or any aspect of Sex Relationships Education should inform the head teacher of their decision in writing.

Learning styles:
Within RE we have found that students often find it easier to understand an issue when they look at it initially from a personal perspective. Students will develop their discussion, debate and argument-formation skills. Students will also be involved in research tasks and problem solving activities. Wherever possible we try to use media stimulus (film, TV, music for example) to engage the students in their learning.

KS3 Illumination Pathways

In Year 7, students study the following themes:
How can Religious Education help me understand my community?
Where in the world is Christianity?
How do contemporary images reflect faith communities?
What would be the impact on the world if the Key festival of Easter did not take place?
Where do people go to find affirmation of faith?
What does it mean to be a good steward in the 21st Century?


In Year 8, students study the following themes:
Is it fair?
Where is God?
Do sacred texts enable individuals and groups to respond to times of crisis?
Is death the end?
Should we forget about the Holocaust?
Do words matter?

KS4
At KS4 students follow Understanding Christianity and WJEC/EDUQAS GCSE Religious Studies courses.

For further information on this course and resources including past exam papers visit:
http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/religious-studies-gcse/religious-studies-b.html

In Year 9, students study the following themes:
Is faith hidden?
How do society and the media portray Islam?
What does it mean to be 'called'?
What happens when faith and courage collide?
What is the Gospel?
Introduction to Islam

KS4 RE (Current Year 10)
Course Title: Religious Studies GCSE, Exam Board, WJEC/EDUQAS
Course Aims:
• To identify, investigate and respond to fundamental questions of life and living and express and justify your own opinions.
• To develop skills when considering Christian, Muslim and non-religious responses to moral, ethical and philosophical issues.

Course Description:
Students will study three components of work, sitting all three exams at the end of Year 11.
Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World
Component 2: Study of Christianity: Teachings and Practices
Component 3: Study of a World Faith: Islam


KS4 RE (Current Year 11):
Course Title: Religious Studies GCSE, Exam Board: WJEC, Specification B
Course Aims:
• To identify, investigate and respond to fundamental questions of life and living and express and justify your own opinions.
• To develop skills when considering Christians and other responses to moral, ethical and philosophical issues.

Course Description:
Students will study two units of work, sitting both exams at the end of Year 11.

Unit 1: Religion and Life Issues
• Relationships (issues of love, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, remarriage and same-sex relationships)
• Is it fair? (Issues of dignity, equality, wealth and charity, social responsibility and prejudice and injustice)
• Looking for meaning (issues of belief in God, religion in a secular society, the nature and existence of God, death and the afterlife and funeral and mourning rites)
• Our world (issues of creation, mankind's place and purpose in the world, stewardship, animal rights and care for the environment)

Unit 2: Religion and Human Experience

• Religion and conflict (issues of peace, suffering, forgiveness and reconciliation, conflict and war, and attitudes to non-violent protest)
• Religion and medicine (issues of the sanctity of life and medical ethics, abortion, euthanasia and IVF)
• Religious expression (issues of the work of religious charities, symbolism in places of worship, attitudes to pilgrimage and expressing faith through what is worn and sharing faith with others)
• Authority – religion and state (issues of human rights, punishment, sacred texts and examples of conflict)

Progression routes:

Students who do well in RE at GCSE also enjoy the subject at AS or A level. Similarly, the skills developed during the study of RE are useful for subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, Politics and History.

What is important to understand is that the skills and understanding gained from the study of RE will be useful in adult life in general and in many careers, notably those that have a high level of people interaction.