March 16, 2011

Religious Education

Religious Education is an exciting and popular subject at Boldon School. It is taught by three specialist

members of staff who are able to offer a breadth of knowledge and experience to students.

The syllabus is delivered using a range of enquiry skills such as investigation, analysis evaluation, interpretation, and reflection.

“Whenever I come out of RE my head is exploding with questions and my whole body aches – this is not because I don’t understand – it is because I’m buzzing with new thoughts,” 12-year-old student. (National Association of Teachers of Religious Education survey.)

Nationally RE is becoming an increasingly popular GCSE subject and results both nationally and at Boldon School are extremely positive and show a genuine upward trend. GCSE RE is a nationally recognized qualification which is welcomed by a number of professions such as journalism, teaching, police forces, the medical and legal professions to name but a few.

In a Post 9/11 world students are growing up surrounded by change and uncertainty. RE allows them to understand and reflect upon the issues they see every day in the media. They are provided with the essential skills to reflect upon the bigger questions in life and to consider their own and other’s views and opinions on important issues.

“A major success of RE is the way that it supports the promotion of community cohesion. In many schools RE plays a major role in helping pupils understand diversity and develop respect for the beliefs and cultures of others.” Ofsted 2010

RE syllabuses are determined by local education authorities following consultation with local faith groups and teachers. Students will study aspects from the six major world religions, but syllabuses must, by law, reflect the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are Christian.

Scheme of work

Key Stage 3 syllabus

At Key stage 3 students follow the South Tyneside Agreed Syllabus.

  • What is Religious Education?
  • Who was the Buddha?
  • What is a Buddhist goal in life?
  • Exploring Moral Issues
  • What happens after death?
  • Why believe in God?
  • Why do people suffer?
  • Religious Expressions in society


Key Stage 4 syllabus

At Key stage 4 students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus. It is 100% examination.

Unit 1: Religion and Life Issues:

  • Religion and Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Religion and Animal Rights
  • Religion and War and Peace
  • Religion and Early Life

Unit 2: Religious Expression in Society:

  • Religion and Art
  • Religion and Music
  • Religion and Architecture
  • Religion and Media

AQA Religious Education GCSE (Year 9-11) Specification B Unit 2 and Unit 5

The new GCSE specifications for RE are already underway. These differ from those above because they also include a more in depth study of two major world religions. The new RE GCSE, also from the AQA exam board, also includes thematic studies of some of the big issues that affect our lives today. At Boldon our focus is on Christianity, Judaism for the two major religions with some elements of Buddhism and Islam for the thematic studies. These themes include religious responses to war, the value of human life, crime and forms of punishment.

The new course specification can be found on the AQA website

RE Staff:

Mr A Smith – Faculty Leader

Mrs A Jones – Faculty Co-ordinator

Mrs A Moore – Assistant Head