Key Stage 3
Religious Education: The purpose of Religious Education at Key Stage 3 is to support pupils in developing their own values and principles as well as supporting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Pupils are encouraged to respond to a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within religions and to their own and others’ cultural and life experiences. Pupils are enabled to do this through rich and engaging schemes of work.
In Year 7 pupils study religious responses to environmental issues, the life and teaching of Jesus and study Hindu beliefs and practices. In Year 8 the beliefs of the Indigenous Peoples of North America, Buddhist beliefs and practices and Christianity is expression in today’s world are all explored. Pupils investigate Jewish responses to the Holocaust, the lasting influence of Martin Luther King and religious expression in the 21st century.
Religious Education is taught by an enthusiastic team and all of our schemes of work are in line with the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
Key Stage 4
Religious Education: Pupils opting for the Full Course GCSE in Religious Studies will take both Short Courses (Unit A and Unit H). Pupils following the core RE course will take only Unit H. The courses lead to GCSE qualifications.
- Religion and Life - Unit A
- Believing in God - Religious upbringing and experience and Suffering
- Matters of Life and Death - Sanctity of life, Abortion and Euthanasia
- Marriage and the Family - The law, statistics trends and religious beliefs and practices relating to: Marriage, divorce, family life contraception and homosexuality
- Social Harmony - The law, statistics, trends religious beliefs and practices relating to: The sexes, ethnicity and religion
- The Media - What are the media?, Faith and broadcasting and Moral Issues in soaps
- Religion and Society - Unit H
- Religion and Social Responsibility - Making moral decisions, The electoral system, The Welfare State and Political Involvement
- Religion and the Environment - Pollution and natural resources, Animal rights and Voluntary organisations
- Peace and Conflict - War and peace issues, Organisations working for peace and Resolving conflict at school and at home
- Crime and Punishment - Law and justice concepts, Capital punishment and Prisoners of conscience
- Medical Issues/ Religion and Science - Genetic engineering, Transplant surgery and Infertility treatment