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Religious Education

Staffing and Role

Mrs Brooker Head of RE
Mrs Elkington Teacher of RE

Vision Statement

Religious Education gives us a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something more accessible. Our vision is to enable students to develop enquiring minds and a love of learning. Religious Education develops in us a perspective of looking at life and an empathy for others. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life so that we can become an integral part of a multi faith and multi-cultural society.

Year 7 & 8 Curriculum

All students in years 7 and 8 have one lesson of Religious Education a week and will study a unit of work every half term, covering a variety of themes, concepts and traditions/cultures of religion as shown below:

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 What is RE/Concepts Buddhism Evil & Suffering, Crime, Punishment & War (non-religious & Buddhism) Christianity Evil & Suffering, Crime, Punishment & War (comparing Christianity and Islam) Islam
Year 8 Injustice Evil & Suffering, Crime, Punishment & War Islamic & Christian Festivals Crucifixion & Ascension

Islam & Christianity (life after death, predestination and sacredness of life)

Students following Living Difference III, the agreed RE syllabus

Living Difference III is the Agreed Syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. It builds on an approach to religious education, enriched by philosophical and theological enquiry, as well as current research, used in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton since 2004. Living Difference III is evidence of the ongoing, fruitful partnership between Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton, and now the Isle of Wight, in relation to religious education.

The approach to Religious Education emphasises a process of enquiry into concepts. Students have the opportunity to respond from their own experience before being introduced to the way others appreciate things. Religious Education offers students the opportunity to live in someone else’s shoes, develop evaluation and reasoning skills and to make a judgement about why something is important for someone else as well as to discern what may be important for themselves. Living Difference III identifies three groups of concepts:

  • concepts common to all people
  • concepts shared by many religions
  • concepts distinctive to particular religions.

KS4 Curriculum

Students study GCSE Religious Education (AQA exam board) for 2 hours a week from Year 9. There are two areas to learn about in preparation for the GCSE examination. Thematic Studies: Crime and Punishment, Peace and Conflict, Religion and Life and Relationships and Families and Components: Christian and Islam Beliefs, Teachings and Practices.

Latest exam results

2018 – 70.1% 9-4 (147 students were entered for GCSE Religious Education)

Extra-curricular activities and clubs

We offer two debating clubs one for KS3 and one for KS4

Accommodation

There are two adjoining classrooms above the Sports Hall