We study RE to provide students with a greater understanding of the world which they are part of. We do this by learning about the religious, philosophical and ethical dimensions of a range of topics and themes. By doing so, all students will develop a range of skills that will enable them to be critical thinkers, and be able to reflect and relate what they learn to their own lives and the lives of people within their communities.
Furthermore, our aims are to provide students with thought provoking lessons about inspiring people that have influenced the world in which we live in. In topics like ‘Does God exist?’ students can reflect upon their own beliefs which also leads them to a deeper understanding of themselves. They learn to evaluate theories and philosophies that they learn about in lessons. The students are given an opportunity to think about morality and what it means to be a human.
Through learning about different religions, beliefs and worldviews students have a better understanding of the world. They feel more confident in asking questions about religious beliefs and practices and therefore become more understanding of different people around them.
The aims are for learners to:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.
- To develop a tolerant understanding of how faith can develop and support people in times of need
- To understand how world religions shape countries and ideologies
- To consider how their own faith and belief is a part of something wider in the world
- To explore what makes a person believe certain things and how these ideas can help change the attitudes of those around them for the betterment of society
- To recognise the qualities in people and their actions and how these can be used for positive or negative impact of those around them in society
- To become role models for others
Key stage 3
Homework will be set in RE on a two weekly basis and will include a variety of activities some of these may be creative others may be research. Your child will also be expected to revise for assessments each term as part of their homework. All homework should be completed in their exercise books when required.
Key Stage 4
Homework will be set on a weekly basis and will cover a range of exam question and revision activities.
Parental advice and support KS3 and KS4:
To support you child the best thing you can do is regularly ask them about what they have learnt in school each day and encourage them to discuss topical issues at home to help you talk to your child about RE you might find the following websites useful:
BBC – Religions – This website provides comprehensive information on the religions around the world and will support you child in developing their understanding of the key religions they study
MrMcMillanREvis – Youtube – A variety of video clips to support with understanding and revision of key RE topics
BBC Learn https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zb48q6f – Provides a wealth of resources to support for your child linked directly to the RE exam specification.
TrueTube https://www.truetube.co.uk/ A variety of video clips to support with developing your child’s understanding of key RE topics
In addition your child at KS4 will be provided with a ‘Revision Guide’ which covers all the topics for the GCSE examination. Students are advised to use this frequently so as a parent if you could encourage them to regularly review and recap for key concepts and vocabulary in detail this will support with their progress in lesson
If you require any further information about RE please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Ash or Miss Reed Tel: (01482) 343098