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The Willink School

The Willink School

Religious Education - Mrs K Friend Head of department
Mrs S Herd, Mrs H Jonas, Miss S. Kilbane, Miss E Mace, Mr P Hewson, Mr R Golding

An Overview of The RE Department

RE is a compulsory part of the curriculum.  Within the department we have a committed team of various teachers. Each member of the department uses a variety of teaching styles and resources to encourage the pupils to enjoy the subject. 

What we Believe

Our RE courses do not depend on personal faith and are equally relevant to those of faith as to those with none.

As a multi faith society, we believe that one of the ways of addressing prejudice is through gaining a knowledge and insight into the beliefs and practices of others.  In RE we look at questions of faith and morality asked by humans and the answers provided by religion.  We do not always agree on the answers, but the important thing is that we respect the view of others and their rights to hold these views.

PDF icon RE - Milestone Assessment 2017-2018

At KS3 we follow the West Berkshire Agreed Syllabus and pupils have one lesson per week.  Mixed ability groups are taught. 

Year 7
Students begin considering why some people believe in God and the kinds of questions that religion attempts to answer.  They then follow this up with a taste of the six major religions.  Here pupils do a poster presentation on a religion of their choice.  Students also undertake a major study of Christianity and Festivals. 

Year 8
Students begin considering worship, special places and places of worship.  They also undertake a major study of Holy Writings and Buddhism.

KEY STAGE 4 plus Y9 Compulsory  GCSE
In Years 9, 10 and 11 ALL students must take one lesson of RE per week by law and as a result of the recommendation of OFSTED.
The course is entitled Eduqas Religious Studies (Route A) and is interesting and varied.  It covers the following topics:-

  • Study of Christianity
  • Study of Islam
  • Philosophy and Ethics in the modern world

All sections will be studied from the viewpoint of Christianity and/or Islam. 

Students will sit all Exams at the end of Year 11.

Philosophical And Ethical Studies in the Modern World Study of Christianity Study of Islam
50% of final mark 25% 25%
2 hour exam 1 hour exam 1 hour exam