The purpose of the RE curriculum is to provide students with a well well-rounded education in philosophy, religion and ethics. Students will study a broad range of faiths, including atheist ways of life. Study of RE will allow for students to understand the stories behind people’s faith, why faiths practice in the way they do, and how faith means different things to different people. Throughout the three years of KS3 students will learn a range of skills. They will learn how beliefs impact worshippers’ lives, how to analyse meanings of religious quotes, how people make moral decisions, and how to be evaluative.
RE - Curriculum Map
Students within KS3 will have one RE lesson each week. From Year 10 there will be an option to take a GCSE in Religious Education, where students will focus on Christianity and Islam before applying the beliefs of these faiths to the topics of abortion, relationships, war, and punishments for crimes. Students taking GCSE RE will have 5 lessons every two weeks.
In addition to this, all students in KS4 will have a lesson once every two weeks, where they will consider issues that affect the world today, such as poverty and climate change, and religious beliefs about those issues.
Homework – Religious Education Beyond the Classroom
Homework is provided throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and focuses mainly on using an online platform called ‘Carousel’. The online platform Seneca is also a useful tool for student revision.
How we explore these principles in the context of the Religious Education curriculum
All pupils have the right to study the core units of the United learning Religious Education curriculum which expose students to key religious and non-religious views that have deeply affected people’s lives.
The Religious Education curriculum is planned with carefully sequenced lessons and aims to present a coherent narrative to religious and non-religious views. The Religious Education curriculum considers the disciplines which sit underneath the subject ie. Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, History and Sociology and makes powerful links to English, History and Geography in particular.
Students are expected to get better at Religious Education as they progress through the curriculum, this involves students making connections between you and previously taught content as well as the development of academic skills.
The Religious Education curriculum is planned with diversity and inclusion in mind. All students should see themselves within our Religious Education curriculum as it covers a great variety of traditions and perspectives. We also explicitly deal with issues of equality within the curriculum.
Education with Character
Through exposure to the big ideas of religious and non-religious belief students have explicit opportunities for spiritual moral social and cultural development.
Progression to University and Careers in Religious Education Curriculum
Religious Education can lead to many inspiring and exciting university courses and careers. For example, many people go on to study philosophy, theology, law, politics, anthropology, history etc In terms of careers Religious Education offers a wide range of possible career choices such as working within international development, archiving, mediation, politics, journalism, or education.