“RE is a brilliant subject to learn because you discover new beliefs and ideas which inspire you to find alternative ideas on life itself! You also learn vital skills such as arguing a point, which is really useful in exams.” ”Manus, Year 9.
The RE/LIFE Department aims to encourage all students to discover their place in the world, and to live meaningful and fulfilled lives, by providing them with the framework within which they can explore the ultimate questions human beings ask about themselves and their relationships with others. All Religious Education & Life lessons aim to allow students to explore issues of concern to them, in an environment which is non-judgmental and accepting of all philosophies, whether they are explicitly religious or not. All students are encouraged to feel free to share their viewpoints and to seek to learn by listening to one another. Students are expected to achieve high academic standards and are challenged to think critically.
All students are given the opportunity to engage with religious and philosophical belief systems through the study of social and ethical issues. They are encouraged to formulate their own opinions and to be able to use logic, reason and empathy. Students are invited to be open to having their views challenged, and to challenge the views of others, in a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. They are provided with opportunities to develop their own beliefs as well as to explore those of others. Life is about exploring the world around us in a meaningful way.
Students follow the AQA Specification B (specification can be found by clicking here). This allows them to explore a wide variety of ethical issues such as euthanasia, environmental ethics and prejudice and discrimination. Conferences, debates, mock trials, hot seating and role playing are among the teaching and learning methods used. The department uses film clips to provide an insight into some of the themes. Students are encouraged to learn from each other and to reflect on the variety of responses provided by the faith communities to the issues they are studying. Parents can support students in their GCSE studies by discussing topical issues found on the news.
Wednesday: Student Council & Community Champions
Social: collaborative learning structures, debating and hot seating.
Moral: Students reflect on a range of topics from moral perspectives. We personal, religious and non-religious views to explore moral questions.
Spiritual: Reflection time in lessons to allow time to formulate personal views. Exploring a range of spiritual views as well as religious viewpoints. Experiential learning is often used at Key Stage 3 to encourage spiritual reflection.
Cultural: All major religions are studied across all year groups to give a deeper appreciation of cultural beliefs and values. We utilise opportunities to explore food, clothing and music from a variety of cultures to deepen understanding of similarities and differences between cultures.