Religious Education Curriculum intent
The RE Curriculum intent
Religious Studies provides varied and enriching lessons that prepare our pupils for life in a culturally diverse modern world.
We aim to promote an awareness of the usefulness of Religious Studies to everyday living. For example recognising resilience, dedication and faith shown by believers.
We encourage enthusiasm and interest in the study of other people’s beliefs and to promote mutual respect, tolerance and understanding across different cultures and communities. The subject has a crucial role to play in the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils across the School.
Learning about beliefs and lifestyles helps pupils to develop ideas and opinions, and ultimately shapes who we are. Learning to express beliefs and to listen to the views of others through social communication such as discussion, group work, paired work, hot seating and role play is an important life skill helps to prepare our pupils for success into adulthood. Pupils are encouraged to extend their knowledge through independent study and to see learning as a lifelong pursuit.
The Religious Studies Curriculum holds high expectations of all pupils and it is designed to be accessible to all regardless of academic ability or personal beliefs.
The Religious Studies Curriculum offer
The Department has a broad and balanced curriculum. We are compliant with the National curriculum requirements for the subject and the SACRE document for Liverpool / North West Archdiocese published in 2017.
The Religious Studies Curriculum is taught by themes for each year which is intended to build progressively upon skills and knowledge. In year 7 Religious belief, year 8 Religious expression, year 9 Religious Teachings, year 10 living the faith and Year 11 Big questions.
We study Christianity and the four other major world Religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam in KS3. Pupils are then able to apply knowledge to broader and more complex themes such as Capital punishment and the existence of God in KS4.
The Religious Studies Department curriculum offer prepares all Key Stage 4 pupils to work towards AQA Entry level Qualifications which can be used to support applications for College and employment.
The Religious Studies offer promotes British Values of mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and different cultures. For example year 9 consider the teachings contained in the Quran and visit a Mosque. The views of those without faith is also considered with a unit on humanist’s belief in Year 11.
The Curriculum is enriched with a range of extra-curricular activities to promote health and well-being, provide challenge, engagement and social interaction. These experiences, it is hoped, will inspire pupils to see Religion as not only a subject in School but is a set of beliefs and practices that are lived out and cherished by believers. These activities include visits to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral visit a retreat to Lowe House and a visit from a representative from The Gideon Bible society talk to year 7.
Cross curricular and key skills
The Religious Studies Curriculum offer links strongly into other curriculum areas such as Geography (study of Israel landmarks) History (context) and Music (its role in worship)
It also develops important key skills such as numeracy skills through using facts and figures and timelines and pupils putting events in chronological order.
ICT skills develop with pupils researching and presenting Religious information.
Literacy skills are also promoted helping pupils to acquire and develop a specialist vocabulary, communicate their ideas with depth and precision, be enthused by the power and beauty of language while recognising its limitations. Pupils develop their reading skills from sacred text and look at different writing styles such as poetry, diary entries and song.
We are proud of the Religious Studies Curriculum offer for pupils. Staff are experienced and enthusiastic and from feedback the subject is highly regarded by pupils and the wider School community.
Mr J Reynolds
Pupils follow a rich, dynamic curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on developing pupils understanding of the world around them through the study of the different cultures and belief practices of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism in Key stage 3. Pupils also study the teachings of inspirational religious figures such as Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa.
Pupils in key stage 4 build on this knowledge by considering important life issues including the existence of God, Euthanasia, Capital Punishment and War and Peace in the context of religious belief. Pupil also consider how religious belief can transform by studying the life of reformed gang member Nicky Cruz. Pupils enjoy
the many opportunities to develop social and communication skills through class discussion, group work and role play activities.
All pupils in Key Stage 4 work towards AQA entry level qualifications through written coursework and participation in discussion and reflection. This qualification helps support pupils applications for Further Education and training.
To support learning pupils enjoy visiting places of worship including Liverpool Cathedral, Al Rahma Mosque and Princess Road Synagogue. There is also a day retreat that pupils can attend hosted by the Christian community of Animate Youth Group in St Helens. Visiting speakers to School include a Catholic Priest, a religious convert and a representative from the Gideon Bible Association.
Form tutors together with Heads of School conduct a daily act of worship. This can range from class, department or whole school assemblies.