Religious Education

Religious Education is firstly about young people, their views, their opinions, their beliefs and commitments they will develop for life. The purpose of Religious Education is to help pupils to reflect upon the experiences and the mysteries of life.

Pupils will be asked to analyse, think and develop empathy as they evaluate and draw on their experiences and learning. Our aim is to make a positive contribution to the pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development. All pupils study R.E. up to GCSE.

Aims of the Department:

  • To provoke and challenge pupils about ultimate questions about the meaning and purpose of life.
  • To develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world faiths.
  • To enhance pupils’ awareness and understanding of the influence religion has on families, communities and culture.
  • To encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs and values in order to help them develop their own identity and respect others.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

  • How can Religious Education help me understand my community?
  • Where in the world is Christianity?
  • How do contemporary images reflect faith communities?
  • What would be the impact on the world if Easter had not taken place?
  • Where do people go to find affirmation of their faith?
  • What does it mean to be a good steward?

Year 8

  • How do the society and the media portray Islam?
  • Is it fair?
  • Do sacred texts enable individuals and groups to support faith and respond in times of crisis?
  • Is death the end?
  • Do words matter?
  • Where is God?

Year 9

  • Key Christian Beliefs
  • Islamic Beliefs and Teachings
  • Christian worship
  • Islamic worship
  • Christian Sacraments
  • Islamic authority

Year 10 (GCSE)

  • Christian Festivals, pilgrimage and the role of the church
  • Islamic Duties
  • Relationships (Christian and Islamic Perspective)
  • Religion and Life (Christian and Islamic Perspective)

Year 11 (GCSE)

  • War and Peace (Christian and Islamic Perspective)
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment (Christian and Islamic Perspective)