RE Subject Statement:
Religious Education encourages students to develop as individuals. It gives students the opportunity to work out what they believe in and question why they do. It allows them to discuss their views on a range of ethical issues, from euthanasia to the death penalty. Importantly, it encourages students to empathise with those who hold opposing to different views to their own.
The academic benefits of students following Religious Studies courses have been well documented. A Level Religious Studies is recognised as a 'Facilitating Subject' by Russell Group universities, as it develops critical thinking skills amongst students. Through the study of religion, students are encouraged to think critically and it provides them with the skills to develop, analyse and evaluate logical arguments and present these in a variety of formats.
Wherever you work or live, religion plays a part in people's lives, by giving students the opportunity to study the subject, we empower them to make up their own minds about whether religion is important or not.
Brief Outline of KS3, KS4 and KS5 offer:
At KS3, in Yr 7, students study: Philosophy; including the design argument of William Paley, and; religious and secular responses to the problem of evil: Sikhism; including, Guru Nanak, the Gurdwara, Guru Granth Sahib, Sewa, and, the Khalsa: The Golden Rule in the world religions and how to put it into practice.
At KS3, in Yr8, students study: Feasts and Festivals; including Diwali, Eid Ul Fitr, Rosh Hashanah, Pesach, and Christmas: Buddhism; including Siddartha Gautama; The four noble truths; the eightfold path; meditation practices; and enlightenment: The miracles of Jesus; including, the feeding of the five thousand, the healing of the paralysed man, the stilling of the storm, the resurrection and David Hume's criticisms of Miracles.
At KS4, students study Christianity: beliefs and Practices; Islam: Beliefs and practices and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics; including issues of relationships, life and death, good and evil and human rights.
At KS5, students study Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics and this includes; arguments for and against the existence of God, Issues of Religious experience and miracles; Religious language; free will and determinism; natural law; situation ethics; virtue theory; Jesus birth and resurrection; Religious concepts such as the nature of God, the trinity and atonement; Religion and Science; Liberation theology and the Charismatic movement.