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Severn Vale School

An Academy

Religious Education

The RE curriculum at Severn Vale School is based on the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE. Students are encouraged to learn about and reflect upon the key beliefs and practices within the main six world religion. They will also learn about Humanist and Atheist views. Along the way students will be encouraged to question and to think about their own ideas on a whole host of ultimate questions. RE at Severn Vale School is relevant to both religious and non-religious students and we pride ourselves on teaching a creative, modern and relevant curriculum that allows all students the ability to achieve. RE is about way more than religion, It is about life, society and our place within it.

What is taught and how?

Year 7:

  • Is there a God?
  • Who was Jesus?
  • Equality within Sikhism.
  • How do we know what is true?
  • How do people express their spirituality?

Year 8:

  • An introduction to Islam
  • Buddhist teachings in the modern world.
  • Christians who stood for justice.
  • Should Christians be greener than anyone else?
  • Is death the end?

Year 9:

  • Good, bad, right and wrong. How do we decide?
  • Why is there suffering?
  • An introduction to ethics.
  • Alternative religions and belief systems.
  • Should happiness be our purpose?

Lessons are taught in a variety of ways with lots of discussion, time for reflection and use of modern day examples to enthuse and make students see how relevant RE is to everyday life.

KS4

Students can opt to choose Religious Studies GCSE. We follow the Eduqas course - focusing on Christianity, Islam and ethical and philosophical questions in the modern world.

Non-option RS is taught through the Futures programme. 

Assessment

Students are formally assessed at the end of every year on their subject knowledge. During the year they take part in skills practice to help to develop the way they write longer written responses.

Homework

Homework is set every fortnight and is either a knowledge test or a spelling test. This is usually completed online or students can request a paper copy from their teacher if needed. This distributes the revision of core knowledge thought the year.