“It is the firm belief of the Religious Education department that a sound knowledge of faith, society, and personal responsibility creates resilient citizens who not only understand the world around them but have empathy for the people in their online and off-line communities. ” – Moreton’s RE Department.
This is something that we know we have a duty to address in a world dominated by social media and online abuse. Our curriculum helps students to be informed, reflective, critical and articulate understanding of the beliefs of the different world faiths. We do this by looking at the foundations of the six major world religions and then how those faith groups view and respond to key issues in society, such as; religion and conflict. All of this helps us to play our part in developing well rounded people who are free from ignorance, fear, prejudice and discrimination.
Our KS3 curriculum will take students on a journey through festivals, the existence of God, crime and punishment, and conflict. The students will explore the faith, atheist and humanist view whilst being encouraged to debate and question their preconceived ideas.
As students progress into KS4 they will have one hour a week of Religion Life Skills where they will continue to look at religion but also mental health, drug abuse, and crime. This is an integral part of our curriculum design to help keep our young people safe. The department will meet regularly with our Safeguarding Lead and the Pastoral Team to ensure the curriculum is meeting the demands of the school while also fulfilling the national guidelines.
The option group at KS4 – completing AQA full course – will build on their KS3 understanding of the main religions by completing depth studies of Christianity and Judaism and then completing 4 topics for our thematic element which allows them to apply their religious and moral understanding to issues such as; human rights and crime and punishment.
Through the curriculum offer for Religious Education we are giving students the tools to be well-rounded people who understand the world they live in. We are helping to create world citizens.
Head of RE
Mrs Antwi is Head of RE at Moreton School