Cheney School

Cheney School

Religious Education

Head of Humanities and Business Faculty - Miss J Gleen -

Religious Education at Cheney covers many topics, includig philosophical and ethical questions in each year.  This is to develop each student as a questioning learner, interested in current affairs and issues in today's world.

Key Stage Three

During Year 7 and 8, students study the religions of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism, and throughout the two years apply these religions to issues such as the problem of suffering, does God exist? Why is Jerusalem important, our rights and responsibilities in the world.

Year 7 assessments are:

  • Term 1: What do people believe about God?
  • Term 3: What happened to Jesus’ body? (Newspaper article)
  • Term 4: Design a Gurdwara for Oxford

Year 8 assessments are:

  • Term 1: Speech on ‘Does suffering make it hard to believe in God?’
  • Term 3: Essay: ‘Is religion a force for good or bad?’
  • Term 6: End of unit assessment (assortment of questions) on ‘Is it fair?’

Key Stage Four

From September 2014, students in Year 9 will be studying full course GCSE Religious Studies. They will be exploring the unit ‘Life Issues’ from WJEC, which encompasses the following topics:

  • Is it fair? (begun in Year 8) – this explores human rights, wealth and poverty and religious reactions to these issues.
  • Our World – this explores the relationship between science and religion, including looking at the religious creation stories, and religious believers care for the Earth.
  • Relationships – this explores the concept of marriage in religions.
  • Looking for meaning – this unit considers the concept of God, including religious beliefs in life after death.

All units are assessed through exam questions during lessons, culminating in an end of unit exam question paper.

In Year 10, students will continue their short course GCSE RS, studying the topics:

  • Religion and Early Life – exploring religious beliefs of when life begins, and opinions and beliefs on abortion.
  • Religion, War and Peace – exploring the issues of war, and religious believers fighting in war.

Students have already studied the topics Religion and Prejudice and Religion and Animal Rights in Year 9.

All units are assessed through exam questions during lessons, culminating in an end of unit exam question paper.

The religions taught for the GCSE in both years are Islam and Christianity.

Key Stage Five

From September 2014, OCR Philosophy and Ethics will be taught. This course is the study of the key moral and ethical issues in life, exploring various philosophical and ethical theories, which are then applied to ethical issues.

At AS: Ancient Greek philosophy, Judeo-Christian philosophy, arguments and challenges to the existence of God (e.g. the Problem of Evil); ethical theories (such as Natural Law) and applying these theories to ethical issues, e.g. euthanasia.

At A2: Religious language, religious experiences, life and death; freewill and determinism, meta-ethics, the conscience, virtue ethics.

This course is assessed through essay questions and exam papers throughout the year.

Philosophy - Year 13 only

A2: The course involves the study of a key philosophical text (The Republic, Beyond good and evil, on liberty, a treatise concerning human understanding or meditations)

There will also me the study of two key themes in philosophy to compliment the chosen text (Epistemology and Metaphysics, Philosophy of mind, Philosophy of Religion, Moral philosophy or Political Philosophy.) 

This course is assessed through practice essay questions throughout the year and two exam papers in the summer.