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How to Improve Year 7 and 8 RE

Help for students and parents

We encourage all of our students to reflect on their learning in lessons and use feedback from their teacher’s to help them improve. There is a strong focus on immediate response to feedback in all RE lessons. Below, you will find the ‘statements for improvement’ that summarise the feedback students are given.

These statements will be used on the termly reports sent to parents and students and parents are asked to look at the further guidance below to help clarify the statements on the reports. 

  1. Continue to develop confidence and independence in your work
  2. When considering moral issues, create a coherent argument for supporting one view over another
  3. Reflect more on why there are differences between your own and other people's ideas and beliefs
  4. Reflect more on how belief and practice affects the lives of individuals and communities
  5. Develop an understanding of key beliefs, ideas and teachings
  6. Show understanding of the messages and meanings that are expressed through religion and belief
  7. Continue to use key RE and philosophical vocabulary correctly
  8. Try to use more religious and philosophical vocabulary in your written work and during class discussions
  9. Focus on improving your presentation
  10. Ensure homework is always of a standard that reflects your ability
  11. Be more willing to participate in class discussions

These Statements for Improvement are aimed at Y7-8 RE students

 

  1. Continue to develop confidence and independence in your work

Being an independent learner is vital across all subjects, as well as in RE. Being able to create reflective pieces, or being confident enough to articulate an argument are all crucial skills.  Independence can also be nurtured outside of the classroom with extended research.  The ‘BBC Religion and Ethics’ website is an excellent starting point for this.

  1. When considering moral issues, create a coherent argument for supporting one view over another

Part of being a successful Philosopher, is the ability to argue points of view that may not be your own. The ability to justify one point of view over another as well as reasoning that view is crucial.

  1. Reflect more on why there are differences between your own and other people's ideas and beliefs

This point refers to the ability to explain why someone may have a different view to you, or to others. People may have a particular view on how the world was created for example.  Can you say where that belief comes from and why it is different to someone else’s belief?

  1. Reflect more on how belief and practice affects the lives of individuals and communities

This statement refers to the ability to interpret religious teachings and apply them to real situations. If Christians believe that Jesus resurrected, how might they behave daily?  If a Muslim believes in the 5 pillars of Islam, what impact might this have on their life?  The ability to apply religious and philosophical teachings demonstrates higher level thinking skills.

  1. Develop an understanding of key beliefs, ideas and teachings

Within religious and philosophical study, the ability to use core ideas and beliefs is crucial. Things like understanding the 5 pillars of Islam, or the key festivals within Christianity, or religious teaching on ethical issues such as life after death.

  1. Show understanding of the messages and meanings that are expressed through religion and belief

Often philosophical thinking is abstract. At times, words or teachings can be metaphorical. The ability to demonstrate meanings within religious and philosophical ideas displays higher level thinking skills.  You can do this by fully explaining the meaning within a teaching (for example, the story of the Good Samaritan, or the idea of Karma) and what it suggests about belief. 

  1. Continue to use key RE and philosophical vocabulary correctly

The ability to use correct terminology is important in RE, as is the ability to spell key words. Philosophical vocabulary is important when constructing coherent arguments.   You should aim to correct spellings when identified by your teacher, and to use a dictionary if unsure in your written work.

  1. Try to use more religious and philosophical vocabulary in your written work and during class discussions

The ability to practice using key terminology will further your philosophical understanding and strengthen your arguments. You can do this by using key terms as much as possible and fully explaining them in written work.

  1. Focus on improving your presentation

RE has a focus on extended pieces of writing. It is important that you can write clearly and legibly for your teacher to understand this.  It is also important that you take pride in your classwork by underlining titles, creating work that is your best, and keeping your book free from graffiti.

  1. Ensure homework is always of a standard that reflects your ability

Homework in y7 and y8 will always be available to students on Show My Homework. There is an expectation that students will complete this work and will spend a minimum of 30 minutes on this.   Independent learning outside of the classroom is set to support or extend work being completed in the RE classroom.

  1. Be more willing to participate in class discussions

The ability to argue points is important in RE. We will often have paired, group or whole class discussions. This allows you to hear alternative viewpoints and challenges your own perspectives.  It also allows you to rehearse your points before committing them to papers.