Key Stage 3

Vision / Mission / Philosophy

Religious Studies at Davenant aim to provide children with both a strong respect for faiths and cultures beyond Christianity, while also ensuring that students have a firm understand of the basics of the Christian faith. Students learn about ‘from’ religion; role models in the bible are examined and the teachings of Jesus explored. In addition students also learn ‘about’ religion, much of year 8 for example focuses on church history.

In addition to these themes students also learn about the ethical issues within todays world and links between religion and popular culture are explored via programmes of study focusing on the Olympic Games and the World Cup.

The vision of the department is to ensure that students are aware of their own faith and the faith of others, to be able to reflect on why faith is important for many people, and maybe even for themselves, and to appreciate the role that faith has, in nurturing good citizens.

We intend to give particular prominence to the following:

  • Understanding the place of Christianity in today’s world, but also in British and local community.
  • Giving students a firm understanding of the role of religion in peoples lives, whether that be Christian or other.
  • Reflect on the benefits of religious teachings when formulating moral perspectives.

Overall we aim to give students a broad and enriching experience, throughout years 7-13 students will engage with good quality teaching and experience extracurricular opportunities in the forms of visiting speakers and trips.

Curriculum content and assessments:

At KS3, homework is set at least once a fortnight and includes research tasks, preparation for presentations, essays, revision tasks and creative tasks.  In addition, there is a key assessment each half-term when students are assessed using National Curriculum levels.

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Key Stage 4

Vision / Mission / Philosophy

Our vision for GCSE is to ensure that the students are equipped to think critically around ethical issues studied, and how religious belief might be applied to them. All students will complete a programme of study for Religious Education at Davenant, and therefore the majority will sit a qualification either full or short course. Our aim, is that the learning in Religious Studies lessons aids the ability in students to write about their opinion in a balanced yet firm and constructive manor, a skill vital for all post 16 subjects, however we also aim that students learn to develop an appreciation of ‘the other point of view’ and therefore own the ability to reflect on the viewpoints of all people with faith or none.

Curriculum content inc exam board and PoS (could be multiple)

At KS4 students study AQA Religion and Life Issues

  • Unit 1: Religion and Animal Rights
  • Unit 2: Religion and the Environment
  • Unit 4: Religion and Early Life
    • Unit 5: Religion War and Peace
    • Unit 6: Religion and Young Life
    • AS Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle, the Judeo-Christian God, Arguments for the existence of God, challenges to Religious Belief in God.
    • AS Ethics: Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Natural Moral Law, and Situation Ethics including Christian Ethics. Topics include the Right to Life, The End of Life, War and Peace and Genetic Engineering.
    • A2 Philosophy: Miracles, Religious Experience, Religious Language, Life after Death, The Nature of God, Scripture and Revelation.
    • A2 Ethics: Meta-Ethics, Free-will and Determinism, Conscience, Virtue Ethics, Applied ethics topics including Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Sexual Ethics.

Students are taught in mixed ability groups and unless they complete a full course sit 1 90minute exam.

Assessment

Student should receive around 6 assessments which mirror past exam questions throughout year 10 and 4 in year 11. This is 2 assessments for each module. Half of these assessments are set for homework, they can be found on the schools Fronter page and might well be peer marked. The teacher will mark an assessment at the end of each unit, although in year 10, the final assessment will be the end of year exam.

Key Stage 5

Vision / Mission / Philosophy

At KS5 our vision is that students leave with the ability to assess current issues with critical ethical reasoning skills and that they own a good philosophical foundation including the ability to accurately assess the strengths and limitations of rational and empirical argument.

Curriculum content

At KS5 students study OCR GCE Religious Studies, which comprises 4 units of work:

As at KS5, students are taught in mixed ability groups. Students can expect to receive 6-8 assessments per year for either topic, therefore between 12 and 16 assessments in total. This works out to approximately 1 essay per teacher every 4 week or more simply two essays a month. Assessments will always take the form of practice exam or past paper questions.