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Religious Education & Ethics

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Religious education encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. Religious education encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.

Religious education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

Key Stage 3 curriculum and assessment

Students will study the Cabot Learning Federation KS3 RE curriculum and will undertake a number of different enquiries across the three year KS3 period.

In Year 7 students will be given the foundational knowledge of the major world faiths and will study the following topics:

Stories of the prophets

  • Who is Jesus?
  • Who is Muhammad?
  • Who are the Gurus?
  • Who is Buddha?

Students will be assessed throughout the year and will complete two formal written assessment points.

Key Stage 4 curriculum and assessment

We study the Eduqas GCSE RE specification

Topics studied include:

Paper 1
Theme 1: Issues of Relationships
Theme 2: Issues of life and death
Theme 3: Issues of good and evil
Theme 4: Issues of human rights

Paper 2
The beliefs and practices of Christianity

Paper 3
The beliefs and practices of Islam

Pathways beyond school – where could this subject take you?

Studying ethics and philosophy at GCSE opens up a whole range of opportunities post-16 study. Apart from helping form well informed, well-rounded citizens, ethics and philosophy provides a route into careers ranging from law and education, to journalism, media and many public service roles.

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