Religious Education is not just for the religious. The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
At Thomas Keble we study Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism in Years 7 and 8 using a thematic approach. We also consider non-religious perspectives and aim to develop the students’ own awareness, thinking skills and spirituality through study as well as direct experience.
Religious Education in Years 7 and 8 is taught according to the Locally Agreed Syllabus. Teaching and learning is centred on three key elements: making sense of beliefs, understanding the impact of beliefs and making connections, evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the beliefs and practices studied.
Assessment is built into our Schemes of Work throughout KS3. Students are assessed on the key skills developed in RE through end of unit assessments, school exams and a variety of homework tasks. Students also peer- and self-assess work on a regular basis.
In Y9 students are assessed through end of unit assessments, homework tasks and a school exam. The GCSE mark scheme is used for all these assessments and students regularly peer- and self- assess their work.