Religious Education – Classwork, Homework and Marking

 

RE teachers expect only the best of your child when it comes to their presentation of Classwork and Homework. The expectations are as follows:

 

• Each piece of work should be marked in the margin as either C/W (Classwork) or H/W (Homework);
• The Heading needs to be underlined;
• The date needs to be written on the same line as the heading, usually first, and underlined;
• KS3 students are usually asked to write down the aim of the lesson;

 
• When C/W or H/W is completed students will be asked to leave 4-6 lines empty before they underline their completed work. These empty lines are either used by their teacher to give written feedback on how to improve students’ work or to provide space to students for improving their work or literacy.

 

GCSE style questions – spacing your work

 

• Both KS3 and KS4 students will be completing GCSE style questions. To improve their presentation, a line will be left empty between the question and the answer. Also, a line will be left empty after each completed answer.

 
• At present, there are four different types of RE GCSE questions. Students will be helped to recognise them and taught how to structure their answers appropriately.

 

Marking of Classwork and Homework

 

• The standard of KS3 work will usually be graded numerically:

• 1 – Work above the expected standard
• 2 – Work at the expected standard
• 3 – Work below the expected standard
• 4 – Serious concern

To show borderline cases ‘between’ grades, e.g. 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, will be used.
• GCSE style questions will be marked according to the GCSE Assessment Policy. The maximum marks awarded for different types of GCSE questions are:

• A) style question: 2 marks
• B) style question: 4 marks
• C) style question: 8 marks
• D) style question: 6 marks

 

• If the work is below the expected standard, students may be asked to redo their work.

 

• Teachers may provide a written or verbal feedback to students on how to improve their work and will expect students to put into practice what they were advised to do. If the required work is not improved, an appropriate sanction will follow.

 

• Frequency of marking: Whether the H/W was completed will usually be checked immediately – the following lesson – after the H/W was set. If the Homework was of poor standard or not done, the appropriate sanctions will be given.

 

• Usually once a module or a section of study has been completed, the exercise books will be collected by subject teachers for more detailed marking. As a result of this a written or verbal feedback will be given to students.

 

• Marking of assessments: On top of work in exercise books and other homework, the RE teachers mark modular or end of section assessments. Assessments have priority when it comes to marking.

• Year 7 and 8 teachers will mark at least 9 -10 A4 pages of written work for each student per academic year:

• 3 Literacy assessments
• 3 Term assessments

• Year 9 teachers will mark at least 18 A4 pages of written work for each student per academic year:

• 3 Modular GCSE type assessments (Literacy is incorporated into GCSE style assessments)

• Year 10 teachers will mark at least 30 A4 pages of written work for each student per academic year:

• 3 Modular GCSE type assessments (Literacy is incorporated into GCSE style assessments)
• Unit 3 Mock paper

• Year 11 teachers will mark at least 28 A4 pages of written work for each student per academic year.

• Unit 10 Mock
• 8 Final Revision Knowledge Assessments
• 8 Final Revision Literacy (RE Vocabulary) Assessments
• Once Y11 students commence their final revision programme of study, the RE teachers will mark no classwork or written homework in detail. They only check that it has been completed and take an appropriate action if required. Assessment for Learning will take place via 16 Final Revision Assessments.
• The final Revision Assessments may be done and marked in students’ exercise books

 

Progress in RE

 

Each student has a Progress Sheet inserted in their exercise book. There, anybody can see:

• Their predicted GCSE Grade (What standard of work is expected from each student)
• The content of study
• Marks awarded (how well students have learnt the relevant content and used appropriate skills)
• Personal targets drawn out from marked assessments (in other words students will know exactly what they need to do to improve their attainment). This is in addition to verbal or written feedback provided by their RE teachers
• KS3 Progress files which contain separate marks from RE Specific Literacy Assessments
• The Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar GCSE Marking Scheme included in the Progress File

 

Homework in RE

 

• Is set in accordance with the RE Department Homework Policy and School Homework Policy. In more detail, the following applies:

• KS3 students are usually expected to complete 30 min homework per week

• KS4 students are usually expected to complete 60 min homework per week

• The content and structure of Homework varies, however, the purpose is the same: It should help students to re-visit the content learned throughout their lessons and allow students to establish, broaden and deepen their learning.

• Homework usually comes in two forms:

• Learning Homework: Learning and memorising RE Vocabulary, learning facts, revision for Assessments and revision after assessments (to improve what did not go well), dramatisations, verbal presentations and other forms;

• Written Homework: Written work in exercise books, posters, booklets, written and graphical presentations, GCSE question practise, extended projects and other forms;

• Independent learning – Sometimes students will be given basic instructions to study independently. Sometimes, they will be guided throughout whole process of learning. Both forms of learning are needed – they complement each other.

• The most able students will be entered for competitions:

• Y7 and Y8 students will take part in the ‘Bible Project’ competition;
• Y9 and Y10 students will take part in the ‘Young Catholic Writer’ competition
• Both of these competitions involve independent learning and extended writing.

 

Examples of completed Homework

Year 8, Middle Ability, Study of World Religions, Judaism, The Temple

Y11, Higher Ability, GCSE C) question style combined with poster work, Living the Christian Life

Y7, Middle Ability, Booklets, Reconciliation

Y7, Middle Ability, Christian Festivals and Customs, poster work

Y8, Middle Ability, Other faiths, Judaism, extended writing, independent learning and poster work

Year 10, Top Ability, God the Creator, Biblical, Theological, Philosophical and Scientific Concepts and Theories – Combined with Poster Work

Y8, Middle Ability, World Religions, Judaism, Bible Skills, Exercise Book Work, Cartoon Strip

Y11, Top Ability, Easter, Exercise Book work, GCSE Style Questions, Work on Literacy

Some additional examples