The RS curriculum follows The Cornwall Agreed Syllabus In Years 7 and 8, moving on to GCSE Religious Studies in Years 9-11, which is also in line with The Cornwall Agreed Syllabus. it is a spiral curriculum and we introduce topics in KS3 which are explored in more depth throughout the GCSE course. The AQA syllabus is relevant. The themes it covers encourage thought and consideration requiring students to stretch their knowledge and understanding of the topics studied. The assessment techniques are clear and accessible for all students. The RE curriculum at Mounts Bay is designed to engage students by encouraging students to consider a range of opinions about many of the topics studied, linking them to real life. This develops students understanding and appreciation of the variety of life styles and viewpoints in the world.
We implement our curriculum via our Firefly VLC. This allows for a blended approach to learning where we believe students can reach their potential in and out of the classroom. All of our units of study start with an Essential Question which forms the enquiry. Knowledge organisers are used to provide students with an overview of a unit’s substantive knowledge. To ensure that students understand the material deeply we use a variety of didactic and independent learning approaches. Students are given clear learning objectives for each lesson and scaffolded to reach mastery via solo taxonomy learning outcomes. Learning in school is supported by a menu of consolidation and flipped learning opportunities. Feedback on students’ learning follows a Feedback, Feedforward and Question (where appropriate) model. Students are encouraged to reflect on where they have demonstrated High Performance Learning attributes and disciplinary concepts are highlighted to students. Finally, we have introduced an acronym to our students to facilitate them using historical evidence more effectively – STEPD.
To assess the impact of our curriculum we assess learning rigorously. All humanities subjects follow the faculty assessment policy to inform teacher understanding of student progress. In each learning quadmester students will complete:
The impact of the learning journey is communicated, and the students can assess the impact of
the curriculum via the Learning Maps.