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Religious Education

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WELCOME

The Religious Education (RE) Department has a wide and varied curriculum, spanning the study of different world religions at Key Stage 3 , religious and social responses to ethical and religious issues at Key Stage 4, as well as the exploration of religious and moral philosophy at A-Level. Students develop an understanding of important issues such as the challenges of living as a faith believer in a secular society and media portrayal of religious believers. As well as this, students will grapple with philosophical questions such as the nature of truth, the problem of evil and what defines a human being as a person.

We believe strongly that the spiritual development of students is a very important part of their learning and we aim to encourage students to be empathetic, tolerant and sensitive. Students are encouraged to develop maturity in discussion by the sharing of ideas and arguments through group, paired and whole class discussions. During these they learn to reason their own arguments carefully whilst listening with an open mind to the views of others.

- Mrs Swait, Head of RE

WHAT WE DO

The RE department aims to engage and challenge students in their learning by using a number of different teaching strategies. We enjoy using kinaesthetic learning and students often find themselves standing up in the lesson. We also encourage students to be active in their learning by using card sorts, games, hot seating and working with images. Involvement of all students is encouraged with the use of miniature whiteboards.

Lower Years Religious Education

The lower years curriculum will involve the following:

  Year 7 Year 8
Autumn
Term
What do we mean by knowledge, belief and truth? (philosophy unit)

What is meant by religion?

What is a symbol and what can be learnt from symbols?
How do Muslims practise their beliefs?



 
Spring
Term

Why is Guru Nanak important to Sikhs?

Why do people believe in God? (philosophy unit)
Summer
Term
How do Sikhs practise?

Why is Muhammad important to Muslims?
What do Christians believe about Jesus?
 

Middle Years (Y9-11) Religious Education

The middle years curriculum will involve the following:

  Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn
Term

Issues of relationships from different Christian perspectives

 

Issues of life and death

Buddhist practices

Issues of human rights from Christian and Buddhist perspectives
Spring
Term

Buddhist teachings

 

Buddhist practices

Issues of Good and Evil from Christian and Buddhist perspectives

Christian beliefs and practices

 

Summer
Term

Issues of life and death from Christian, Buddhist and Humanist perspective

Issues of Good and Evil from Christian and Buddhist perspective

Revision

Upper Years Religious Education

The upper years curriculum will involve the following:

  Year 12 Year 13
Autumn
Term

Philosophical language and thought-Plato and Aristotle’s ideas

Beliefs concerning body and soul distinctions

Arguments for the existence of God

Normative ethical theories including natural moral law, situation ethics and Kantian ethics

Attributes of God

Religious language including analogy, via negative and symbolism

Meta Ethics and Conscience

Spring
Term

Arguments for the existence of God

God, the world-religious experience, and the problem of evil

Normative ethical theories-Utilitarianism

Applied ethics-euthanasia and business ethics

20th century perspectives on religious language-logical positivists and Wittgenstein - Responses to them

Developments in Ethical thought

Islam, Science and philosophy

Islam and Gender equality

Islam and society-tolerance, justice and liberation

Islam and challenges-the State and Islam in Europe

Summer
Term
Foundations of Islam-Prophecy, Revelation and Tradition

Insight-God is one and Human destiny

Living-The Sharia and Sufism

Complete Islam

Revision