As a Church of England High School, Religious Education will play a vital role in everyday school life. Our aim is to provide all pupils with a forum for discussion and debate on a range of religious matters, whatever their personal opinions or background. RE will inform and educate pupils on the key beliefs and teachings of the six major world religions, as well as exploring the role of religion in our society, whilst also providing a forum to raise questions. In today’s society, religious matters are often making headlines for both good and bad reasons. Religious Education is extremely important as it allows the pupils to understand and analyse religious and other opinions, whilst also forming their own spiritual identity.
In Year 7 students will come to understand the importance of Religious Education as a distinct subject within the school curriculum. They will learn the skills of discussion and debate within a classroom, as well as the necessity of understanding the reasons for different religious beliefs and values. It is these skills that will consistently be useful as they engage with more challenging
topics throughout the school.
The scheme of work for the year is split into 4 separate topics which will introduce pupils to different religious faiths and concepts. As a Church of England High School some of these will focus on developing pupils’ understanding of Christianity. However the RE curriculum starts with Judaism, which also forms part of both Christian and Muslim traditions.
- Unit 1— Introduction to RE
- Unit 2— Introduction to Judaism
- Unit 3— Introduction to Christianity: The Life of Jesus
- Unit 4— Introduction to Islam
Pupils will be assessed at the end of each of the 4 units. These assessments will be in the form of short tests, which are designed to secure students’ knowledge and prepare them for the revision and exam skills that will become vital throughout their schooling. In addition to this, pupils will receive assessed homework, which will allow the teaching staff to monitor pupil progress and identify areas of strength and weakness. All assessments will be marked according to the National Curriculum Levels, which will be made available and understandable to all pupils.
Pupils will be set a short prep task after each lesson. These are designed to consolidate skills and learning from the previous lesson, or to prepare for the following lessons. As well as allowing pupils to progress to the best of their abilities, these tasks also develop learning habits that will be essential for future study.
Alongside these tasks pupils are encouraged to be proactive in their independent learning.
Religious topics are consistently debated in the media and pupils should look to read and discuss these articles with friends and family. By immersing themselves in the subject it allows them to improve the standard of their work and progress beyond the curriculum expectations.
As the school grows, we plan to run a Key Stage 3 Philosophy Club to inspire a sense of enthusiasm for the subject. This will allow pupils to discuss philosophical, moral and ethical issues which would normally be introduced for the first time at GCSE and beyond.
The department also runs trips to places of worship linked to the curriculum, currently offering a Year 7 trip to Greenford Mosque and a Year 8 trip to Jalaram Mandir. These trips will extend the pupils’ learning beyond the classroom and allow them to see the relevance of their studies in the wider world.