Religious Education

Aims

Students will discover how religion is at the centre of global issues and cultural conflicts. They will investigate why religion continues to thrive and the reasons for this despite the threat to religious understanding from new technologies and scientific explanations of the world. Developing their comprehension of how religious traditions are adaptable, students will discover why contemporary religion has room for scepticism, science, and the secular, which allows it to keep going in our rapidly changing world.

What you will study

Students study Religious Education for one period a week at Key Stage 3 and two periods at Key Stage 4.

In Year 7 students develop an overall appreciation and comprehension of all the major world religions and the ways they practice and worship. They also examine religious themes of justice, the significance of religion as a cultural denominator and the importance of religion in environmental matters.

Students in Year 8 examine concepts such as evil and suffering, the religious arguments associated with animal rights, and the debate over religious explanations of the natural world against those offered by the scientific community. Students also undertake an enquiry into poverty and equality in relation to religious understanding, and explore various festivals of faith.

In Year 9 students look at the roles of key individuals and personalities associated with the various faith groups around the world and how they impact on their own religion and world affairs. Students examine how religion helps us to develop an ethical and moral understanding of the world around us.

At GCSE, the Academy follows the WJEC (Specification B) for Religious Studies. Students develop an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion. They explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions and engage with these intellectually and on a personal level. They also enhance their own spiritual and moral development and reflect on and develop values, opinions and attitudes through their learning.

Clubs and Trips

The Religious Studies department runs a regular GCSE revision/booster club which runs once a week from Easter onwards. There is also the opportunity for Key Stage 3 students to attend the Religious Education club, run by an outside provider. This involves students taking part in fun and engaging games and activities which allow them to consider the role of religion in a number of contemporary situations. The club also offers students the opportunity to work on independent learning projects and enquiries, and explore their own relationship with religion and faith.

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