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Exam Board: AQA
Course: GCSE Religious Studies A - Unit 10 Judaism (4050)
Members of Department:
Mr. D. Yaroslaw, Head of Religious Education
Mr. A. Dubberley
Mrs. J. Farrow
Mrs. L. Ramsay
Mrs. J. Rose
RE involves some complex issues! We aim to understand more about the world we live in. Key areas are Learning about religion and Learning from religion. The school works in accord with Suffolk Agreed Syllabus and the non-statutory QCA guidelines. Students are taught for one lesson each week in Years 7 – 9, and two lessons a week in Year 10 and 11. Students who complete the full course have additional lessons.
RE aims to:
- Provoke challenging questions;
- Develop students’ knowledge of Christianity and other religions;
- Develop students’ awareness and understanding of religious belief and practice;
- Encourage students to learn about different religions and traditions;
- Challenge students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues;
- Encourage students to develop a sense of identity and belonging within their communities;
- Prepare students for adult life;
- Encourage students to develop respect and sensitivity towards others.
Trips and Visits
Year 7 to Sizewell Hall and St. Mary's Church, Debenham
Year 8 to Coventry Cathedral
Year 10 to Berlin and the Jewish Museum London
Year 11 to “Seeing Jewish Life”, London
KEY STAGE 3
Pupils follow the course “This is RE!”
Year 7 -
- What is RE
- How and why do people worship?
- What is the Big Story told in the Bible?
- What does justice mean to Christians?
- Why was Gotama Buddha so special?
Year 8 –
- What is the difference between tourist/pilgrim?
- Did Jesus save the world?
- How should MLK be remembered?
- What makes a gurdwara special?
Year 9 -
- Who am I?
- Where are we going?
- Why is it sometimes hard to believe in God?
- Has science ditched God?
- Does suffering make it impossible to believe in God?
- The Big Question
KEY STAGE 4
CORE RELIGIOUS STUDIES FOR ALL - leading to GCSE (Short Course) Certification
Exam Board: AQA
Course: Syllabus A Christianity: Unit 2 Ethics
There is also an option of studying extra RE for full course GCSE certification.
1 The Right to Life - Abortion, Euthanasia
2 The Use of Medical Technology - Treatments, Gene Therapy and Genetic Engineering, Cloning.
3 Personal Responsibility - Sexual Relationships, Drugs.
4 Social Responsibility - Prejudice and Discrimination.
5 Global Concerns - The Environment, World Poverty.
6 Conflict -War and Peace, Crime and Punishment.
Pupils will study Christian teaching on these issues and non-Christian responses.
1hour 30 minutes exam on Christianity: Ethics
There is no controlled assessment.
Full GCSE Course
1hour 30 minutes exam on Judaism in addition to the Short Course exam
This option, in addition to the Short Course, will form the second part of the Full Course in Religious Studies. There is no controlled assessment.
Do you enjoy the chance to study and discuss what is happening in the world today? Do you find itinteresting to study other cultures, people, beliefs and practices? Do you enjoy lively debate? Do you want to develop transferable skills such as evaluation and research? Then this may be the course for you!
We begin the course with an introduction to Judaism. This is followed by:
1. Beliefs and sources of authority
Sacred writings, beliefs about God, Covenant
2. The synagogue and worship
Use of synagogues, important artefacts
3. Festivals and pilgrimage
Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Pesach, Jerusalem, Holocaust memorials
4. Personal lifestyle
Kosher food laws, special clothing, the home, 21st century lifestyle
5. Family life
From birth through to the grave, family relationships
6. Justice and equality
Attitudes towards women, prejudice and discrimination, Holocaust studies
The course also includes a Seeing Jewish Life day trip to London, a day at the Jewish Museum and Camden Town, various Jewish themed films and a fair amount of Jewish based cooking.