Subjects

RE

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Religious Education is given a high priority in Downshire School.  All pupils study the subject throughout their five years in key stages 3 and 4.  In years 8, 9 and 10, pupils are timetabled for three thirty minute periods of RE each week.  In years 11 and 12 pupils are timetabled for two thirty minute periods.

The teaching of RE in Downshire School is in accordance with the terms of the Northern Ireland Statutory Core Syllabus for Religious Education and the Revised Curriculum.  Where possible, lessons will be intentionally ‘Bible-based’.

Two courses of study are presently available at Key Stage 4 Level: GCSE RE (Full Course) and GCSE RE (Short Course). The Short Course is generally credited as being equivalent to half of a full GCSE qualification. Pupils following the Full GCSE Course will be timetabled for 5 periods per week.

An understanding of the work of various charities is very important in the RE Department as well as being a requirement of the Core Syllabus.  The RE Department plays a very active role in this regard and seeks to develop in pupils an awareness of the needs of others who are less fortunate than themselves.

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Year 8 Topics

  • God’s Word
  • God’s Relationship with his Chosen People
  • The World of Jesus
  • Jesus and his Relationship with People
  • Jesus’ Miracles
  • Jesus’ Teachings
  • Events Leading to the Death of Jesus
  • The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus

Year 9 Topics

  • The Early Church
  • The Church Through the Ages
  • The Church Today
  • The Study of Judaism

Year 10 Topics

  • Self-image
  • Created in the Image of God
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Right and Wrong and the Role of the Conscience
  • Coping with the Challenges of Adolescence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Peers, Family and Authority
  • Prejudice, Discrimination and Reconciliation
  • People with Special Needs
  • Careers, Work and Unemployment
  • Money, Leisure and the Environment
  • The Study of Islam

Year 11 (GCSE Short Course option)

  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Drugs and Addiction
  • Marriage
  • Social Responsibility

Year 11 (GCSE Full Course option)

  • Background to Mark’s Gospel
  • Jesus’ Ministry
  • Jesus’ Suffering, Death and Resurrection.
  • The Person of Jesus
  • Jesus’ Relationship with Others
  • Discipleship

Year 12 (GCSE Short Course option)

  • The Environment
  • Third World Issues
  • War and Conflict
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Medical Technology

Year 12 (GCSE Full Course option)

  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Drugs and Addiction
  • Marriage
  • Social Responsibility
  • The Environment
  • Third World Issues
  • War and Conflict
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Medical Technology
  • AQA GCSE Religious Studies (Specification A)
  • AQA GCSE Religious Studies (Specification A) – Short Course