Religious Education at Crypt is delivered in Years 7 - 8 at KS3 level and Year 9 at GCSE level. At the end of Year 9, all students will take an accelerated Short Course GCSE. Core RE then continues with an exploration of contemporary religious beliefs and practices into KS4.
In Year 10 students can however, choose to take a second unit of RE as one of their GCSE option blocks in order to build their Short Course qualification into a full GCSE. During this year they will also be taught an A/S Philosophy and Ethics module. This will be both an introduction to higher level critical thinking and an opportunity to see if AS suits their future scheme of study.
Focus of Study
Key Stage 3 RE is a study of Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. We follow the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus which aims to guide the student in the development of a broad understanding of beliefs and the impact of religion on people's lives and society.
Key questions are asked to deepen the student's understanding of issues of diversity, secularism, belonging, community and identity. Through investigation, reflection and evaluation, students will learn about religion and learn from religion; expressing their own beliefs and values through a variety of learning styles and creative tasks.
Key Stage 4 Religious Studies: Students in year 10 and 11 will be able to realise their full potential in RS by completing the two year thematic study of Philosophy & Ethics. This subject will allow them to develop their understanding of religion by exploring the significant impact it has on philosophical and ethical issues in the world today. Students will undertake the AQA RS Specification ‘B’ Philosophy & Ethics units over two years. The full specification can be found here: http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcse/pdf/AQA-4055-W-SP-14.PDF
Key Stage 5 RE is a Philosophy and Ethics course which enables students to engage with critical and creative thinking at AS & A2. This popular and successful subject provides a direct line of study through to university.
How Do We Teach?
RE is delivered in a variety of learning styles from interactive ICT to role-play, experiential creativity, peer teaching and visits to the wider community.
We recognise that RE must be relevant to those of all faiths and no faith and the subject is creatively structured to provide a fast-paced and challenging lesson that deals honestly with the basic questions of life.