As a Church of England school with an Outstanding SIAMS we believe that Religious Education has a central part to play in the development of each student. As a result every student gets the opportunity to take part in Religious Education.
We aim to provide students with a breadth of religious knowledge about world faiths. The rationale behind Key Stage 3 schemes of work is to build on these introductory units completed at primary school, by providing schemes of work which concentrate on the philosophical and ethical issues presented by religion. We also aim to enable students to develop theological terms and understanding. The schemes also encompass the world faiths that were previously not covered in Key Stages 1 and 2. We use a range of learning activities, encouraging our students to be active in their learning and to use drama, visualisation and the creative arts as well as creative writing and use of primary sources such as religious texts
The aim of Year 7 is to provide a really good base for studying religion by exploring philosophical and ethical issues as well as an in-depth look at Christianity.
Unit One: Philosophy. The students will explore a range of philosophical questions such as; do I exist? Who am I? Can I trust my senses? Does God exist? Why is there something rather than nothing? These are considered through discussion, experiments, research and creative writing.
Unit Two: Christianity – the life of Jesus. Students will look at the key events in the life of Jesus: incarnation, teaching, miracles, the passion, resurrection, ascension, Parousia and the second coming. They will explore what happened and how these events impact on Christians today. They will use research or Biblical evidence, creative writing, drama and role play to understanding the impact of Jesus’ life.
Unit Three: Ethics. Students will explore different ethical approaches and apply these to situations such as business ethics and Children’s Rights. There is a clear link made to the school’s status as a Rights Respecting School.
In Year 8 students have the opportunity to explore a variety of questions from the perspective of different world faiths including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity and Islam. Students will explore these questions using a range of source material from a variety of perspectives. They will respond creatively and be encouraged to debate and discuss and to develop their own reasoned judgements on the issues.
The questions explored will include:
Unit One: Other Belief Systems. An exciting opportunity for students to consider what makes a religion by looking at alternative systems such as Shinto, Scientology, Jedi’s and Humanism. Students will be encouraged to evaluate what they think is a religion and to explore what impact religion has on people’s lives today.
Unit Two: The impact of the Holocaust. Students will be explore Judaism and the impact that the Holocaust has on the Jewish population. We cover a range of creative and spiritual responses to the Holocaust – including meeting a Holocaust survivor and listening to their testimony. Students have the opportunity to produce a creative piece of work to represent their response to the Holocaust.
Unit Three: Inspirational People. Here students will look at people who were inspired by their faith to change the world such as Bonhoeffer, Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Students will reflect on these people’s lives and consider what changes they would like to be a part of.
Religious Studies at GCSE offers you the chance to engage with some of the most significant philosophical and ethical questions in the world today. We will discuss important ethical issues ranging from ‘is it acceptable to genetically modify animals?’ to ‘should countries be allowed to possess nuclear weapons?’ And consider philosophical debates such as the ‘problem of evil’ and ‘why is there something rather than nothing?’ You will explore these and more through the consideration of Christianity, Hinduism and your own views (religious or non-religious).
It is an opportunity for you to express an opinion and to learn about other’s views, but also to learn how to effectively create reasoned and logical arguments. Religious Studies forms an essential part of your broader education. It allows you to deal with the philosophical ideas and the ethical decision-making processes that underpin many of the issues that increasingly affect society today. It also allows you the opportunity to develop and explore the religious, spiritual, moral and philosophical side of your personality within a wider context.
Students who opt for RE will be following the AQA Religious Studies A Specification. This will be comprised of: