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Religious Education

Key Stage 3 Summary

We believe that a strong understanding of religion is crucial for students to understand the rich religious influences in Hackney, London and the world beyond.

Religious Education at Bridge is characterised by a focus on religious literacy (reading and understanding the core texts), exploring differences and similarities within and between faiths, and recognising non-religious worldviews, such as atheism and humanism

Key Stage 3 RE follows these main topics:

Year 7 – Old Testament, New Testament, Judaism, Growth of Christianity
Year 8 – Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism
Year 9 – Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Euthanasia

In RE thoughtful, rigorous and frank debate is central to how we learn. We expect students to be tolerant of each other whilst engaging in lively discussion.

Key Stage 4 Summary

At GCSE we study AQA Religious Studies over a two year course.

We cover:

  • Christianity – beliefs and practices
  • Islam – beliefs and practices
  • Religion and Life (abortion, creation, animal rights)
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, crime and punishment
  • Religion, human rights and social justice

GCSE RS has become far more rigorous with recent government changes, requiring students to have specific knowledge of religious texts and to also be able to evaluate information for strengths and weaknesses.

Key Stage 4 Revision

For Sample Questions Click Here

This is all of the example questions (with mark schemes) the exam board has provided. Students should find the appropriate paper (Christianity, Islam, Thematic Studies 2B – Families and Relationships, Religion and Life, Existence of God and Revelation and Religion and Conflict.

Use these to practice!

Key Stage 5 Summary

We study AQA Philosophy in a two year course which will be moving to linear in 2017.

It is a very academic A Level which remains highly respected for the grounding it gives students in logic, argumentation and essay writing skills.

The four main topics are:

  • Ethics
  • Epistemology (the study of knowledge)
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Metaphysics of God
  • Learning Ladders


Useful Links

Key Stage 3

The BBC Religion Website contains some excellent information about the world’s major faiths. www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions

Key Stage 4

BBC Bite Size has some basic content on the course we study. Use it in addition to your class work, not instead. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs

The RE examination specification we follow can be found here: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

The Philosophy examination specification we follow (as of 2017) can be found here: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/philosophy/as-and-a-level/philosophy-7171

Mr Chris Brown

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