Head of Subject: Mr B. Kingswood / Mr N. Matthews
Religious Education at Key Stage 3 seeks to develop a greater understanding of religious beliefs and ideas, deepening students’ knowledge and understanding of major religious faiths as well as relating these to major contemporary ethical issues. Key Stage 3 provides a foundation for the demands of GCSE study, developing skills and knowledge that will enhance students’ understanding in both RE and other areas of the school curriculum.
GCSE Philosophy and Ethics seeks to develop students’ interest in, and enthusiasm for, a study of philosophy and its relation to the wider world; to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding by exploring the significance of philosophical ideas and the impact of religious beliefs and teachings; to express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.
In the autumn term we seek to give students a detailed overview of religious beliefs and ideas within a historical context, exploring the origins of beliefs and assessing whether these are or divine or natural origin.
In the spring term we explore Christian beliefs about Jesus and the implications of these.
In the summer term we explore the origins of both Hinduism and Buddhism.
In the autumn term we introduce students to some key topics of religious philosophy, starting with an exploration of arguments for God before moving on to life after death and the implications of various beliefs regarding this.
In the spring term we explore the concept of evil and the problem of evil for religious believers. We then explore Islam in Britain, learning about the religion in the context of contemporary issues for British Muslims.
In the summer term we build upon our Year 7 work on Hinduism and Buddhism.
Key Stage 4:
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A
'Core RE' for all
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RE is provided as part of a broad and balanced school curriculum which promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is based in the Worcestershire agreed syllabus and is inclusive and broad minded.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from RE and provide an alternative religious education, and must contact the Headteacher if they wish to do so. However, the school does not support selective withdrawal from RE.