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Our principal aim is to engage our students in systematic enqRE Posteruiry into significant human questions which religion and world views address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. Our curriculum aims to ensure that all students know about and understand a range of religions and world views, express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world view, and gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views. Through each Key Stage we develop the three disciplines of Religious Education: Theology, Philosophy and Sociology. We develop key content whilst also developing key knowledge of Religious Education, mainly Substantive knowledge, Disciplinary Knowledge, and Experiential Knowledge. Our extra-curricular offer seeks to develop opportunities for debate and development of understanding for our students, as well as to deepen enjoyment and interest of the subject as a whole.  

The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all students

1. Know about and understand a range of religions and world views, so that they can:

  • Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals.
  • Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and world views.
  • Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.

2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views, so that they can:

  • Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities.
  • Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues.
  • Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.

3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views, so that they can:

  • Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively.
  • Enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all.
  • Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.

Extra Curricular 

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Get an extra dose of RE

The RE Podcast with Louisa Jane Smith - The First dedicated religious education podcast for students.  https://www.therepodcast.co.uk/

Play free quizzes on Religion and Atheism (non-religious belief) https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/religious-education/

Learn an animated A-Z guide that explores and introduces a variety of religious topics. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks3-az-of-religion-and-beliefs/znt647h

Explore follow the link to 5 virtual tours of religious sites you can take while you stay home. https://religionunplugged.com/news/2020/4/5/travel-5-religious-sites-you-can-visit-virtually-while-you-stay-home

Watch a comedy sketch show which demonstrates how fun philosophical thinking can be. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks3-gcse-enlighten-up/zvsdcqt

Podcast revise GCSE RS, let other students help you revise for your GCSE and A Level exams.  In this series, students break down complicated revision subjects to its core components helping you rock your exams.  https://open.spotify.com/show/5m4TQjMNTdv3ro49blv72o?si=hkwD4aU8ToK9FSGLYH05Yg&dl_branch=1&nd=1

Read How the world thinks by Julian Baggini, in this groundbreaking global overview of philosophy, Baggini travels the world to provide a wide ranging map of human thought. https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-World-Thinks-History-Philosophy/dp/1783782285

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Key Stage 3 Learning Objectives

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1:1

What is Religion?

Does God exist?

How is religious identity tested and shaped by conflict and persecution?

1:2

What are the Abrahamic Faiths?

2:1

Is death the end?

Why are there divergent groups in Christianity?

2:2

How does religious belief influence daily life?

Did Jesus save the world?

Are all lives equal?

3:1

Do religious stories stand the test of time?

How do religious festival celebrate triumph over darkness?

3:2

Is religion a force for good?

What impact do places of worship have on believers and the local community?

How can the divine be expressed through music and art?

Key Stage 4 Learning Objectives

  Year 10 Year 11
1:1

Teacher 1

Christianity

  • beliefs and teachings
  • key beliefs 
  • Jesus Christ and salvation 

Teacher 1

Christianity

  • Practices
  • Worship and festivals
  • Roles of the church in the local and worldwide community

1:2

   
2:1

Theme A:

Religion, relationships and families

Theme B:

Religion and Life 

2:2

Teacher 2

Islam

  • Beliefs and teachings
  • key belief
  • Authority

Teacher 2

Theme D: 

Religion, peace and conflict

3:1

Islam

  • Practices
  • Worship
  • Duties and festivals
 

Theme E:

Religion, crime and punishment 

3:2    

 

Key Stage 5 Learning Objectives

  Year 12 Year 13
1:1

Teacher 1:

Philosophy

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience 
  • Verifying religious experiences 

Teacher 1:

Philosophy

  • Religious Language
  • Miracles
  • Self, death and the afterlife 
1:2    
2:1

Teacher 2: 

Ethics

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of natural moral law, situation ethics and virtue ethics

Teacher 2:

Ethics

  • Meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant
2:2

Teacher 3:

Theology

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity 

Teacher 3:

Theology

  • Christianity, gender and sexuality
  • Christianity and science
  • Christianity and the challenge of secularism
  • Christianity migration and religious pluralism
3:1    
3:2