KS3 and KS4 RE and Life is a core subject that all pupils will have once a week. The curriculum involves Religious Studies units and SRE/PSHE/Citizenship units. The year is split where possible into 3 terms of RE and 3 terms of Life topics- although each year groups curriculum looks slightly different so please take a look at our road map. Where possible both subjects are intertwined. For example: Our PSHCE families’ Y7 unit also includes religious birth rites. Our topics and units are planned to complement each other as much as possible.  In addition to core RE and Life, in Y9 students have the option to opt for our popular GCSE Religious Studies.

Religious Education

The study of religions and cultures from around the world and throughout history is of vital importance in 21st century education. Our aim in RE is to prepare our students for life outside of the academy by equipping them with the skill to become tolerant, empathetic and reflective members of society. At Rossington we follow the advice given on the Doncaster locally agree syllabus recommendations which allow us to explore major world faiths, ethical and philosophical perspectives.

Our teaching aims to develop pupils understanding of religious and world view and includes the development of skills such as enquiry, describing, explaining, justifying, analyzing and evaluating. Our KS3 and KS4 topics focus on one ‘big question’ which is addressed throughout each lessons as well as an emphasis of how key beliefs and teachings might impact the lives of believers in 21st century Britain.

As a Church of England academy our study of religion has a key focus on Christianity. Students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast Christian beliefs with the beliefs of other religions studied and explore how Christian perspective might inform beliefs about ethical matters explored.

Exam board: Eduqas

Paper one– The study of Christianity (1 hour 25% of qualification)

Paper two– The study of Islam (1 hour 25% of qualification)

Paper three– Ethics (2 hours 50% of qualification)

Rossington All Saints Academy values in RE and Life

Community: To understand how we all are part of a community and what growing up in a community might look like. To engage with the community around us and explore the diversity of the town and country of we live in.

Aspirations: To aspire to become confident individuals who feel well prepared to go out into the world as confident and active citizens. To aim to build a tolerant and understanding society where all are valued and accepted

Resilience: To create solutions to promoting mental strength. To find solutions to end intolerance and prejudice around the world.

Excellence: To create a safe environment for individuals and future generations To create a society of love, tolerance and respect

KS4 GSCE Curriculum

Exam board: Eduqas

Paper one– The study of Christianity (1 hour 25% of qualification)

Paper two– The study of Islam (1 hour 25% of qualification)

Paper three– Ethics (2 hours 50% of qualification)

Life

The study of life is essential in preparing our young people for life. It explores key topics of study which hope to enrich students’ lives to ensure they live a healthy and safe lifestyle throughout their school years and long after.  Key areas of focus such as sexual health, relationships and the law ensure our students are given the tools and knowledge to ensure they are kept safe and independent life styles. Life at Rossington followings key RSE guidance and PSHCE guidance.

Life topics ensure students are prepped with diverse knowledge on several subjects such as sex and relationships, crime, bullying, mental strength and wellbeing, cancer awareness, puberty and self-care. Life topics are chosen to be age appropriate and also in direct reflection of our school context and needs. The delivery of sex and relationships education is constantly recycled through students’ years at Rossington and starts in KS3.

In addition to this, the lead teacher of PHCSE also endeavours to explore PSHCE outside of the classroom and throughout the year organizes an array of PSHCE opportunities delivered by external providers such as fire safety assemblies, road safety weeks and assemblies and child exploitation assemblies. Once again this is to ensure that students realize the importance of the content covered in PSHCE in an attempt to make it apply to their lives.

Rossington All Saints Academy values in RE and Life

Community: To understand how we all are part of a community and what growing up in a community might look like. To engage with the community around us and explore the diversity of the town and country of we live in.

Aspirations: To aspire to become confident individuals who feel well prepared to go out into the world as confident and active citizens. To aim to build a tolerant and understanding society where all are valued and accepted

Resilience: To create solutions to promoting mental strength. To find solutions to end intolerance and prejudice around the world.

Excellence: To create a safe environment for individuals and future generations To create a society of love, tolerance and respect

Possible pathways

Students will have the option to go onto AS/A2 Philosophy and Ethics leading to a Level 3 qualification. Employment opportunities in many areas where skills such as empathy, understanding, respect, tolerance and good communication are welcomed. Philosophy and Ethics is a highly regarded subject by top universities due to the skills it develops. Many Religion and Ethics students have progressed onto careers in Law, politics, primary/secondary teaching and the forces.