The world is a religious place. The understanding, analysis and evaluation of religion are essential for any study of our own society and other societies, both past and present.
All students study the beliefs and practices of the six world faiths in KS3. The RE departments takes an academic and non-confessional approach and encourages students to consider and analyse carefully the range of beliefs and practices they study and the implications eg moral, social, of those ideas.
Students have the opportunity to visit a gurdwara and a church in Year 7-9. in the sixth form, A level students will visit a Hindu temple, to enhance their understanding of Hinduism.
All students study RE in Years 7 to 9 and study short course GCSE RS at G.C.S.E. In the sixth form RE for all students is taught in the form of one day conferences. A level RS is also a popular choice at A-Level.
From Years 7 to 9 students study all 6 world religions, plus atheism and humanism, and a unit on prejudice.
- In year 7 students study Judaism, the life of Jesus, and Islam
- In year 8 students study Hinduism, Sikhism (including a trip to a gurdwara), and Christian beliefs and practices (including a trip to a church)
- In year 9 students study Buddhism, Atheism and Humanism, Marriage (Christianity and Islam) and Prejudice (Christianity)
For G.C.S.E students study the AQA unit ‘Religion and Morality’ through Christianity and Islam.
The topics include:
- Religion and matters of life
- Religion and drugs
- Religion and poverty and wealth in the UK
- Religion and crime and punishment
In addition students study a short unit on Holy Week.
For the last four years there has been the option to study a second short course GCSE after school so that students can obtain a full G.C.S.E. This has proved to be a very popular option.
At A level students study:
- The Philosophy of religion – cosmological, teleological, ontological arguments, religious experience, miracles, the problem of evil, critiques of religion, the problem of religious language
- Hinduism – the IVC, the Vedic period, different ideas re Vedanta, moksha, samsara and karma, dharma, The Bhagavad Gita, The Katha Upanishad.
- New religious movements – how they can be defined, in what societies they arise, reason for growth and decline, characteristics of joiners and reasons for joining, relationship to other religions, relationship to society
Recent YR 12 and 13 RE conferences have included the topics:
- The Body – how should we treat it?
- What is the biggest issue facing the world at present?
- What does it mean to be religious?
- Why do evil and suffering exist?