St James's Church of England High School

St James Church of England High School

'A National Teaching School'

September 2013

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Religious Education

KEY STAGE 4

Was Jesus a pacifist? How do we know? How can people manage to forgive those who have done terrible things? Whose job is it to care for people in need? What is a Pharisee? Is marriage out of date? Did Jesus actually feed 5,000 people? Does God really want me to recycle?  

Like two sides of the same coin, religion is very much linked with real life and Religious Education involves developing that really important skill of being able to look at issues from more than one point of view and evaluate the thinking.

Religious Studies, as it becomes known, is not part of the options programme because all pupils begin the GCSE course in Year 9 as part of the core programme. We follow the AQA specification A syllabus, Units 2 and 5.  Assessment for the GCSE takes the form of two examinations at the end of Year 10. A small number of pupils will follow a similar course which focuses on internal assessment and does not lead to external examination.

The following topics are studied:-

ETHICS

The Ethics paper focuses on moral issues in Christianity, concentrating on personal relationships, prejudice and discrimination, the environment, crime and punishment, war and peace, decisions on life and living, in fact all areas of life which are of concern to thinking people.

MARK’S GOSPEL

Who was Jesus, when did he live? What did he have to say about God, about faith, about life? Why did Jesus die in the way he did? What does resurrection mean? Did Jesus ever get angry? Did he have a family? What was his most important message? The study of Mark’s Gospel puts the emphasis on the life and teaching of Jesus, including his ministry, his followers, and the last week of his life.