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Fulford has an enthusiastic, experienced and successful team of three specialist Religious Education teachers, two of whom are part time. The department is well resourced and is housed in large, recently constructed teaching rooms which have interactive white boards and internet access. The department makes a significant contribution to the results of the school both at GCSE and A level as well as contributing to whole school improvement.
The RE department consists of a team of 1 full time teacher and 3 part time teachers. All teachers in the department deliver a combination of KS3 KS4 and KS5 classes.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3
The school operates a two week timetable with 25 one hour lessons each week. Students from Year 7 to Year 11 receive a weekly one hour lesson in Religious Education. At Key Stage 3 there are eight classes split into two halves of the year. Each half has one lower ability set, with the rest of the students mixed into the other three sets. In Year 8, each half of the year has one set one, two set twos and one set three. In Year 9, there are two set ones; one set two and one set three. In Year 7 the students look at issues such as ‘What does it mean to be human’? ‘What is belief’?’ Code Breaking’, Putting Belief and Faith into Practice’ and ‘By What Authority’. In Year 8 the students investigate ‘What Happens When We Die’? ‘Truth’, ‘Interfaith Relationships’, ‘Evil and Suffering’ and a project on Hinduism in preparation for the GCSE which begins in Y9. See KS3 summary below. In Y7 the students visit two places of worship in Bradford and work in groups to complete a home learning project.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4
In Year 9 all students begin the Full Course GCSE Religious Studies B http://www.wjec.co.uk/. The students complete 3 topics in Year 9. These are: ‘Our World’, ‘Religious Expression’ and ‘Looking for Meaning’. There are 3 topics in Y10: ‘Is it Fair?’, ‘Looking for Meaning’ and ‘Conflict’. There are 2 topics in Y11: ‘Relationships’ and ‘Our World’. For the first time two year the students; in collaboration with their parents and RE teacher, decided whether or not to sit the full or short course exam dependent on their results in the mock exam. Students are successful in both courses both in terms of their overall attainment and in comparison with their FFT-D estimated grades.
Key Stage 5
Key Stage 5
The Religious Education Department also offers A Level Religious Studies. AS Level students are currently studying ‘Buddhism’ and ‘Religion in Contemporary Society’ whilst A2 students study ‘Contemporary Society’ and ‘Religion and Human Experience’. There are currently no students studying A2 and 19 students studying AS. The students have consistently throughout the last 3 years experienced results in line with, or above Allis predictions. The department is keen to improve uptake at A level.
Lessons are varied concentrating on contemporary issues within local, national and global societies, using research based activities, worksheets, use of the interactive smartboard, DVDs, debating and group work. ICT is used to enhance students learning where possible, for example for researching and presenting information and through ICT software tailored to the course. In Year 12 the students visit Manchester Buddhist Centre and the local hospice in order to reinforce their learning before the AS Buddhism and Contemporary Society exams.
The department has friendly, enthusiastic and committed teachers who are continuing to improve the already high standards of the department.
At KS3 in Year 7 we run an alternative curriculum day to the Bradford’s Interfaith Centre to experience cultural and religious differences between two major world religions.
At KS5 in Y12/13 we visit the Buddhist Centre in Manchester to experience Buddhist meditation worship and practice. We also visit the hospice as part of religion and Contemporary Society in which we study euthanasia.