Welcome to the Kingsmead School Religious Education Learning Team.
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8), students study all of the major world religions. At Kingsmead we closely follow the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for RE at KS3. Our approach gives students the opportunity to explore religious, ethical and philosophical questions that are relevant to the world today. Investigations include: ‘Why do people believe in God?’ and ‘How should we challenge Islamophobia?’
At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11), students can choose a Religious Studies GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics. This is a very popular and successful course at Kingsmead. At KS4 we focus on investigating philosophical questions and ethical issues through the study of Buddhism and Christianity.
All students in Years 9 and 10 will follow a new course: Sophology (The study of wisdom). This will be externally examined at the end of Year 10. Students will gain an NVQ in Thinking and Reasoning, which is equivalent to a ½ GCSE. This is a new course that will enable students to transfer thinking and reasoning skills to other subject areas in the curriculum.
Students who choose Religious Studies have various enrichment opportunities.
- Visiting a local care home and primary school to record interviews with different generations in the community about various ethical and philosophical issues.
- Visiting a Tibetan Buddhist community in Bristol.
- Visiting Thai Buddhist and Roman Catholic Christian communities in London.
- Creating radio shows to be presented on 10radio.
The learning team has organised the opportunity for students to participate in cross-curricular activities through the School’s Challenge Days. These include:
- A sophology skills day with the English Department.
- A Holocaust memorial Day
- A British identity day, meeting with members of the Bristol Muslim community.