RE at saltash.net has two aims, to enable students to investigate their own spirituality and morality, as part of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and to equip them with skills which will be of great benefit to them academically and in life. Students are encouraged to consider what has shaped our culture and society. To that end, Christianity is the main religion studied and full use is made of current events to help students explore how they and groups of people are affected by today’s constantly-changing world. Just as importantly, we hope to help students develop the tools they need to deal with such challenges. Respecting differences, understanding others’ views and being able to justify their opinions from a well-informed standpoint are just some examples.

Key Stage 3

At KS3, all students follow a curriculum of department-devised schemes of work. Lessons take place once each fortnight in Year 7. Year 8 lessons take place twice each fortnight.

Year 7

In order to prepare students for the demands of GCSE, some of the basic knowledge they need is taught in Year 7 and Year 8. However, we are mindful of the needs and skill levels of our students. Year 7 is an exciting time at saltash.net ; we aim to be part of that by fostering enjoyment in the RE classroom and an enthusiasm for the subject.

Year 7, Part 1Year 7, Part 2
Introduction to Buddhism – Who was Siddhartha Gautama?Introduction to Islam – The story of Muhammad
Key Buddhist teachingsKey Islamic teachings
Buddhism in action – the work of some famous BuddhistsCommunity in Islam
What is happiness?

Year 8

Year 8s build on their first year by studying religion in more detail and the impact of some more key religious figures. They also build on their exploration of community by analysing our wider society and different responses (religious and non-religious) to some current issues.

Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
The Bible as a sacred textHuman rights and protestExploring “Britishness”
An investigation into Luke’s gospelThe work of some famous religious
people in relation to human rights
The challenges and opportunities
found in a multicultural society
Key features of Jesus’ life and
the Christian message
The work of some religious charities
which focus on human rights
Immigration
Key Stage 4

All pupils are entered for a GCSE in Religious Studies, which starts at the beginning of Year 9. Year 9, 10 and 11 lessons take place twice each fortnight. Students study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Buddhism. They also study different approaches, religious and non-religious, to issues of relationships, life and death, good and evil, and human rights.

Starting GCSE RS in Year 9 allows pupils to deepen their understanding of important issues and develop their study skills. We believe that these things will not only help them get the most out of RS at saltash.net, but also help to prepare them for GCSEs in other subjects when they begin Year 10, particularly History and Science. It also develops some of the skills and knowledge required for many A-Level courses, particularly Philosophy, Sociology and Politics.

Key Stage 5

A-Level Philosophy will offered in the Sixth Form from September 2017. Students will study key ideas concerning what knowledge is and where it comes from, ethical theories, arguments for and against the existence of God, and what is meant by the “mind”. This A-Level is seen favourably by many higher education establishments and employers. It compliments other A-Level subjects, particularly Psychology, Sociology, Politics and Mathematics.

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