Our overarching vision encompasses our Christian belief: that Ark Alexandra is “building a flourishing community through love and hope anchored by God”. The trinity of Faith, Kindness and Excellence form our values. They are underpinned by Agape (love) and overarched by Koinonia (community).

We are building the success of our school through an inclusive Christian ethos based on the universal values of Faith, Kindness and Success alongside high expectations and ambition for every child to succeed. Our values will inform our behaviours, language and Rewards, Repair and Sanction policy: Faith to believe they can, and they will, a determination to aspire for excellence every day in all that they do with the kindness to be caring, supportive and charitable in how they treat themselves and others.

Faith: 

For we walk by Faith, not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7, I can , I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ Philippians 4:13

Kindness: 

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Ephesians 4:32

Excellence: 

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.1 Corinthians 9 :24-25

Courage: 

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God, I trust and am not afraid. Psalm 56v3

Respect: 

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7v12

Responsibility: 

“We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.” 2 Corinthians 6 :3

Hope: 

and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5v5

Forgiveness: 

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3v13-14

Perseverance: 

Those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run, and not be weary. Isaiah 40:31.

Belief: 

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21v22

Compassion: 

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, Colossians 3v12

Serve to Lead: 

Sitting down, He called the twelve and *said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

Mark 9:35

Self Control: 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Love: 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-5

Patience: 

“Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace.” Proverbs 15:18.

We believe in living a full life based on love and respect which is why we commit to give “Always our best, because everyone matters”. Jesus said: “I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.” We are here to show every child what ‘life in all its fullness’ means.

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Religious Studies Curriculum

Within Religious Studies students develop understanding and awareness of how belief or none influences and shapes ideas about society and their place in society. Students engage in debate and dialogue around cultural beliefs and religious practices.

Students become religiously literate and engage in the Big Questions. Students will know how and why religious beliefs, practices, texts and customs inform a believer’s actions and responses to the world.

Students consider their own values and how this is or is not influenced by societal values and religious beliefs. They demonstrate respect of living in a multicultural society and worldviews.

Thinking religiously means:

  • Understanding how beliefs, cultures and customs affects actions
  • Explore difference of ethical norms within societies either influenced by belief or none
  • Engage with the Big questions and philosophically explore these while respecting one another’s views may differ to others.
  • Recognise that attitudes and values vary towards ethical, philosophical approaches.
  • Develop a rich understanding of the diversity within society and how this is influenced by attitudes and values.
  • That students develop a knowledge scripture and tradition within practices.

Implementation:

The curriculum is developed to engage young people in Big questions. Student explore how religious belief responds to philosophical questions and ethical issues. Students will develop knowledge and awareness of religious beliefs, practices, texts and customs and their influence.

  • Students are engaged and on task
  • Students are using a developing literacy within Religious Studies
  • Students can analyse the beliefs, scriptures, tradition, customs and practices and can impart how this influences actions.
  • Evidence of live marking and models of excellence to develop the skills with regards to the Big Question of the unit.

Impact:

Excellence within exercise books – students demonstrate care in their work, develop written responses that demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices. Data is used to analyse starting points of knowledge , mid point assessments and this informs planning and teaching.

  • Students draft and redraft responses in order to develop their own models of excellence.
  • Students develop responses that reflect different attitudes to social issues.

Year

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

7

Biblical literacy 1Old Testament: Genesis

Biblical literacy 2 Exodus to Exile

Biblical literacy 3

New Testament:

Life and teachings of Jesus

Biblical literacy 4

New Testament: Jesus in Jerusalem (miracles)/ Buddhism – mini unit

Judaism

Judaism

8

Christianity 1

History and Belief

Christianity 2

Christianity in the modern world

Islam 1

History and Belief

Islam 2

Islam in the modern world

Philosophy

Ethics

9 and 10

AQA Christianity beliefs

AQA Christianity beliefs and practices

AQA Christianity  practices

AQA Islam beliefs and practices

AQA Islam beliefs and practices

AQA – Theme A

10 EARLY ENTRY

AQA Christianity beliefs

AQA Christianity beliefs and practices

AQA Islam beliefs and practices

AQA Theme A/ C

11 GCSE

Islamic practices

AQA Theme E

Revision

Revision

11 Core RE

1 a fortnight

Human Rights and Social Justice

Human Rights and Social Justice

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Alternative Religions

10 GCSE 2022

AQA – Theme B

AQA-Theme E

AQA –Theme C- interleave revision Christianity beliefs/ Islam beleifs God

Revision