The principle aim of Religious Education (RE) is to engage students with questions arising from the study of religion and beliefs so as to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
At KS3 the programme of study focuses on the exploration of key questions that are delivered in relation to the ‘Major World Religions’ as well as our own beliefs and viewpoints. By exploring issues within and across faiths, we learn to understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life stances), and their influence on individuals, societies, communities and cultures.
Year 7 and 8 explore the six ‘Major World Religions’ (Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Buddhism), with particular focus placed on key beliefs, holy books, prayer and worship. We explore these themes through a variety of key questions that students have the opportunity to explore.
Year 9 begin to explore key ethical questions, that link both with their own lives and in a wider context. Units of work studied include: Religion, a cause of conflict or power of peace and are humans born good or bad? The study of key ethical questions in year 9 allows us to broaden our understanding of religious and non-religious viewpoints.
The aim of RE at Key Stage 4 is to give students an overview of different themes within and across religion. We are currently following the A-Z of religion and belief which is a series of short clips created by the BBC. Each week we analyse a different letter such as: A is for Atheism, B is for Burqa, C is for Creation and D is for Darwin. Students have the opportunity to explore religion and belief through a variety of different themes, allowing them to understand and question their knowledge.
The current year 9 students will have an exciting opportunity to select GCSE RE as one of their options in year 10. Students will study a thematic approach to religion focusing on two religious traditions as well as non-religious viewpoints. The aims of the GCSE are to develop students’ knowledge and understanding in both religious and non-religious worldviews whilst giving them the ability to construct well-argued and informed judgements on the subject. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their own beliefs and attitudes towards the themes studied in light of their learning, allowing them to become a well-rounded citizen for adult life.