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Religious Education

Religious Education

Aims of the department

Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to pupils' learning by enabling them to reflect upon themselves as whole people, experiencing life through the body, the mind and the spirit. The purpose of Religious Education is to help pupils to understand the significance of religion and its contribution to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Through the delivery of RE in school, we aim to provide all students with the tools to become valued members of society. We focus on a range of ethical and moral debates, and cover issues around the family and community as well as environmental concerns.
All students are actively encouraged to develop a strong sense of engagement, respect, self – understanding and curiosity through the study of different religions and world beliefs.

Staff:

Director of Learning and Standards : Mrs S Morris.

As a department we currently have two full time teachers of Religious Education:

Mrs S. Morris , Miss O Halstead.

In addition, we have other experienced teachers delivering the subject :

Mr A Cook, Mr R Poole, Mr N Jackson, Miss Emma O`Malley, Mr C Woodward.

All students in school have one allocated lesson every week in which to study Religious Education.

Key skills

     The key skills that we aim to develop in our students in Religious Education include :

  • Knowledge
  • Learning from religion (AO2)
  • Understanding
  • Explanation
  • Presentation of ideas
  • Reflection
  • Empathy
  • Expression
  • Co operation
  • Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Application
  • Evaluation
  • Learning about religion (AO1)
`Horrible Humanities` Primary Workshops

The Religious Education department play an important role in the transition of students from primary to secondary education. For example, alongside the History and Geography departments, staff deliver a workshop called `Horrible Humanities` to which students from all local primary schools are invited.  

The main objective of the day is to give students a taste of the classrooms, the staff and the students already at the school. Students are introduced to the theme of `Horrible Humanities` and the Aztec period is our focus.

The first workshop involves the historical skill of investigation, where students solve a crime set during this period, the second workshop focusses on geographical skills and includes a treasure hunt and the third workshop is based on the worship and design of religious icons and also Aztec sacrifice.

Our students follow a diverse curriculum at Key stage 3, which incorporates regular assessment and encourages their personal, social and emotional development as young people. We nurture self- awareness in our students and tackle issues such as prejudice, human rights and the environment, using `active` learning techniques to develop the key skills of understanding and evaluation.r

Course outline:

Every student in years 10 and 11 studies RE for one lesson a week.  The content we cover prepares students for the Edexcel : `Religion in Life and Society` GCSE examination.  Some students will choose to sit the examination at the end of the course and others will not.  This will depend on their other commitments and ability in the subject and will involve dialogue between teaching staff, students and parents.

 In the course we reflect upon and explore questions about the meaning of life and religious responses to moral issues, introduce pupils to the challenging and varied nature of religion and help them to appreciate the contribution of religion to the formation of patterns of belief and behaviour and develop empathetic skills and promote mutual understanding and tolerance of other people’s viewpoints.

Why is this a compulsory subject that everyone has to take ?

Religious Education is a compulsory subject which has to be taught by law in all state schools, to provide students with an understanding of important moral, religious and social issues that concern us all as members of a modern and progressive society.

It provides students with information about the diversity of culture and lifestyle within the United Kingdom, which in turn prepares them for working in any profession in which they will be expected to deal with members of the public, many of whom will have a different background to themselves.

Examination Results

Year

A*- C RE GCSE

A*- G RE GCSE

Number of candidates

2014-15

82 %

100%

93

2013-14

68 %

100%

68

2012-13

87 %

100%

61

Revision
  • Regular RE revision workshops are led by Mrs Morris (hour long lessons after school) to enrich learning in addition to timetabled lessons.
  • The department provides free and extensive revision materials for each student,to enable optimum progress to be made with revision at home. (This includes a revision booklet for each of the 8 topics, featuring detailed revision notes, and also a revision workbook for each topic, featuring past paper template questions.)
  • Each student receives personalised feedback after each assessment and examination, to ensure that they know exactly which skills need more focus and practice, and template examples of model answers are provided to demonstrate the amount of detail needed on each type of question.