Tarporley High School

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Tarporley High School
& Sixth Form College

Religious Education

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. Albert Einstein

Vision

An exciting programme of study that is in line with the Cheshire Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. It seeks to engage students with religious, ethical and philosophical questions, encountering challenging texts and ideas, allowing them to respond thoughtfully and creatively.

A skills-based curriculum designed to improve religious literacy and to equip students in the skills of analysis and evaluation that enables all students to achieve.

What you can expect studying Religious Education at Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College

In Religious Education you will study a curriculum that is aimed at giving students knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the major world religions. Students are encouraged early on to engage with philosophical and ethical questions, and to consider both religious and non-religious responses to them. Students will learn to structure their thoughts and responses with the aim being to foster and develop the innate passion of learners

Key Stage 3 Curriculum – what to expect

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum allows students to engage with broad philosophical questions at the start of Year 7, before encountering and responding to Christian beliefs and practice.  In Year 8 students encounter the beliefs and practices of Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism. In year 9 they briefly encounter Hinduism and Judaism, before engaging with philosophical and ethical issues raised by a variety of topics under the umbrella of Sanctity of Life.  In Year 9 our Lead Learners from GCSE and A level help organise and facilitate the Holocaust Day in January.

How we assess at KS3

Students are assessed termly at Key Stage 3. Assessment is continuous, with GSCE style questions used to help foster the skills they will need in taking their study of religion further.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Curriculum

At GCSE, we follow the Eduqas Religious Studies course. Student study the beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam, before engaging with a range of philosophical and ethical issues, including relationships, issues of life and death, good and evil and human rights.

How we assess at KS4

Students are assessed via three external examinations at the end of Year 11. 25% of the course is a one hour paper on Christian beliefs and practices. Another 25% is on Islamic beliefs and practices. 50% is on philosophical and ethical issues.

At KS4 to track and monitor progress, students are issued with ‘progress books’, where all exam practice and reflection following assessments is stored. This provides a comprehensive overview of a students’ journey through the GCSE components, and the important skills and exam techniques that are being acquired along the way.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Students at Tarporley High School have access to a range of extra-curricular opportunities, including: Visits to local churches in the community; Visit to a mosque in Liverpool; Crown Court visit in Chester. We encourage members of religious communities to come in and speak to students. There is a also a philosophy and ethics debating club for students to get involved in.

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