Welcome to the RE Department

Why study Religious Education? RE plays a significant role in the personal development of children and young people. At its heart is the intention to enable children and young people to become “religiously educated” in order to face the demands of the contemporary world.

What might a “religiously educated person” be? (Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus)

The RE department is committed to providing a challenging curriculum from the outset, providing students with the opportunity to explore their sense of self, their beliefs and values and how these compare to others’. The Department follows the latest Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus (2017) principal aim to engage pupils with questions arising from the study of religion and beliefs so as to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The RE Curriculum is a carefully designed 5-year curriculum to support a seamless transition from Primary (KS2) and empower all students to achieve their best GCSE grade possible. Following the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus study at KS3 continues to develop students to learn about world faiths and what they can personally learn from religious teachings and apply to their own lives.

Year 7

In Year 7 students undertake an in-depth study of two world faiths, these being Christianity and Buddhism. In the Christianity unit of study students explore Christianity today, looking at questions and issues such as:

· How do Christians Worship?

· Who is Jesus?

· What does Christianity say about life and death issues?

In the Buddhism Unit of Study students explore Buddhism today, looking at questions such as:

· Who was Buddha?

· What is meditation?

· What does Buddhism teach about the cause of suffering?

Year 8

In Year 8 students undertake an in-depth study of two more world faiths, these being Sikhism and Islam. In the Sikhism unit of study students explore Sikhism today looking at questions and issues such as:

· Who was Guru Nanak?

· What is the role of the Gurdwara?

· What does Sikhism teach about Human Rights?

Year 9 – For the first two terms of Year 9 students undertake an in-depth study of Judaism ‘Beliefs and Practices’ looking at questions such as

  • What is a covenant?
  • What is the role of Jews in the world?
  • How do Jews practice their faith in Britain today?

In the spring and summer terms Students explore relationships and human rights issues. Learners will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies. They will be expected to support their responses using appropriate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and sacred texts.

In the Relationship units the theme requires learners to consider characteristics of relationships, marriage and family life. Through a study of beliefs and teachings, questions relating to issues of relationships in the twenty-first century will be considered, including same sex relationships and gender

roles.

In the human rights theme students will consider contemporary issues of human rights and social justice and their relationship with religion and belief. Learners will be expected to consider specific issues of wealth and poverty, racial prejudice and discrimination.

How can parents support their child in RE?

Discuss with their children British Values of tolerance and respect and how these can be supported in RE and RSHE lessons

Have a conversation about why RE should or should not be taught in schools and a discussion about why the UK Government has decided RE in schools is compulsory.

Discuss some of the skills that could be practiced and develop in RE lessons such as:

Have REspect for other people’s beliefs

REspond to religion in their own way

REsearch – find out what people believe and why

Decide if the teachings of religious leaders from the past are RElevant today

ExpREss their opinions and beliefs