In Religious Education, students have the opportunity to study a range of ethical and philosophical topics. Our students develop values and attitudes that will enable them to respond sensitively to worldwide issues. Teachers have high expectations of all students and challenge them to think deeply about the topics studied.
Key Stage 3
As a foundation for the GCSE course, Key Stage 3 students will learn about two of the main world religions, Christianity and Islam. Students will also develop skills in evaluating points of view, questioning ideas and beliefs, and producing pieces of extended writing. We study the concepts of Prejudice and discrimination through the life and works of Martin Luther King and the Jewish Holocaust. Identifying and addressing issues that our students will engage with throughout their lives will help them develop as young people and prepare them for adult life.
In Year 7 students will study Christianity and Islam. Throughout the Christianity unit, students will develop their own beliefs about the existence of God. Using philosophical questions, students will also evaluate issues and develop, justify and argue their own beliefs, whilst respecting the beliefs of others.
Students will then study the main beliefs and practices of Islam, enabling them to develop their knowledge and understanding of this religion. Students will enhance their learning by participating on a trip to a mosque, where Asian culture will be included as part of their learning.
Students will study different types of prejudice and discrimination, and develop ways of how to respond to negative issues that may arise. Students will then study racism through the life of Martin Luther King, and discrimination through the Jewish Holocaust. To enhance learning, a college trip to the National Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire is offered to students.
In Year 9 students will study two thematic units; Crime and Punishment and Peace and Conflict. Both units will look at issues from a Christian and a Muslim perspective. The units include topics such as capital punishment, forgiveness and pacifism. These units offer students the chance to develop their own justified views and to understand the opinions of others.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA Religious Studies (A) 9-1 GCSE. This specification comprises of 8 units, made up of thematic studies and the beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills that will help prepare them for the examination and for further study post-16. The GCSE is 100% examination, split over two papers.
The RE faculty has its own classroom with a wide range of resources including religious artefacts and well-resourced materials to support and aid learning. Specialist teaching staff enable engaging and informative lessons for students to be a part of.
There are two trips available at Key Stage 3 to enhance knowledge and understanding of the Jewish Holocaust and the study of Islam. We also run a range of intervention and revision sessions, as well as offering homework help to students who may need it.