Why do we learn Religious Education?
As a Church of England High School, Religious Education will play a vital role in everyday school life. Our aim is to provide all pupils with a forum for discussion and debate on a range of religious matters, whatever their personal opinions or background. RE will inform and educate pupils on the key beliefs and teachings of the six major world religions, whilst also provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE, students learn about religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts. They discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
Throughout years 7-9 we provide a curriculum that has a balanced representation of different world religions.
In Year 7 students look at world religions in depth, often through historical narratives which can be applied to modern day living. Students are immersed in a Judeo-Christian historical exploration after learning the key skills needed to be a good theologian and finishing the year learning how to be independent and critical thinkers using philosophy as a platform. We believe that these challenging and ‘higher’ skills are necessary at a young age for an excellent foundation later on.
In Year 8 students build upon their understanding of the how Christian values can impact social justice by looking at Moral Exemplars such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and then finish of looking at the Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. This will give students the opportunity to have studied all major faiths within their first two years before preparing for GCSEs. Christianity is interspersed throughout the Key Stage 3 curriculum looking at Jesus, Christmas, Easter, Pilgrimage and the Sacraments.
Year 9 students begin studying Islam beliefs and practices in preparation for their GCSEs which they will revisit and be examined on at the end of year 11, accounting for 25% of their GCSE grade.
In Year 10, students study Christianity beliefs and practices. Year 11 students will study religious perspectives on philosophical, ethical and moral issues. Thus, the content learnt from year 9 to year 11 will make up three separate examinations leading to a full GCSE qualification taken at the end of Year 11. Students develop key skills in writing to time with a focus on explanation and evaluation. The results have consistently been of the highest in the academy, with staff who structure and scaffold work tailored for the appropriate set they teach.
Students are monitored and have the opportunity to move between sets within two groups (sets 1-3 and sets 4-7) according to their end of term assessments. Homework is set regularly and will always be exam focused to thoroughly prepare them for the reality of their GCSE.
Year 9 - Religious Education
Six Articles of Faith
Five roots of Shia Islam
The creation of the world
The nature of God
The life of Jesus
Salvation and Atonement
The Five Pillars
The Ten Obligatory Acts
Year 10 - Religious Education
Worship and Prayer
The world wide Church
Issues of Life and Death
The creation of the world
Stewardship and Dominion
Sanctity of Life
Issues of Human Rights and Social Justice
The importance of Human Rights
Freedom of Speech
Distribution of Wealth
Year 11 - Religious Education
Year 12 - Religious Education
Religion: Pre-Islamic Arabia, The life of Prophet Muhammad
Philosophy: Introduction to different types of arguments, Teleological Argument
Ethics: Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics
Islam: Sources of Authority, The six articles of faith
Philosophy: Cosmological Argument, Ontological Argument
Ethics: Natural Moral Law, War and Peace
Islam: The ummah, The five pillars of Islam
Philosophy: Religious Experiences, Evil and Suffering
Ethics: Sexual Ethics, Environmental Ethics