RE has two main foci: learning about religion and learning from religion. Students are encouraged to discuss different beliefs and practices within the world faiths. Evaluation of these beliefs and practices is a key skill.
During Years 7 and 8 students learn the basic beliefs and practices of the 6 major world faiths. Additionally students look at moral issues, for example the reasons for the Holocaust.
From Years 9-11 students study the full course AQA syllabus. Students study the believes and practices of Christians and Jews in Year 9 and 10. In Year 11 students look at religious responses to moral issues.
Students take part in visits to places of worship locally. Recent visits have included two Cathedrals and the Orthodox synagogue in Liverpool.
Homework is taken seriously by the RE Department and is expected to be done as students always have a week to complete the task. Extra help is available for students after school. If a student does not complete homework then a detention will be set. If three homeworks in a term are not completed then a 45 minute detention will be issued and parents contacted.
Key Stage 3
Homework is set two lessons from three with the third lesson being used for the member of staff to take books in for marking. Homework tasks can include research, evaluation questions, producing a written account of a belief or practice or revision for assessments and examinations.
Key Stage 4
Homework is set frequently and involves undertaking past examination questions, learning key definitions and revision for assessments and exams.
Key Stage 3
Assessment takes place both formally and informally. The classroom teacher assesses student progress throughout the lesson by the use of various techniques including questioning and answering. More formal assessments take place twice a term with written assessment tasks. There is an annual examination.
Key Stage 4
Assessment takes place both formally and informally. The classroom teacher assesses student progress throughout the lesson by the use of various techniques including questioning and answering. More formal assessments take place each half term. These involve answering past examination questions which are then marked by the teacher with detailed feedback given. There is an annual examination in Years 9 and 10. In Year 11 students sit two mock examinations then two final examinations. There is no controlled assessment in RE.