We aim to provide students with a broad understanding of some of the major issues in society today and the different viewpoints that people have around these issues, including religious views. Students are given the opportunity to explore, understand and question how and why people hold different beliefs on issues in order to better understand their place in society.
Key Stage 3
In year 7, students look at the concept of belief. They examine what makes people believe and consider how some of their own beliefs influence their own morals. Students also look at the range of beliefs that exist in the UK today. Students go on to look at issues around evil and suffering, exploring the difference between moral and natural evil and viewpoints towards it. They also get the chance to examine the views that people hold around the issue of life after death.
In year 8, students start by examining environmental issues faced and the different responses and reactions to them, considering issues like stewardship and animal rights. Students also get the opportunity to discuss and explore different views on different medical and social issues such as whether organ donation/transplantation should be compulsory. Students finish the year by examining views around peace and conflict, considering if war can ever be justified and what the different religious and non religious views are.
Key Stage 4
In year 9, students study issues around crime and punishment and consider what punishments are appropriate in modern Britain as well as the different religious and non religious arguments.
If students do not opt to study for GCSE RE, they have one RE lesson a week and study religious attitudes to controversial topics such as euthanasia and abortion.
If students opt to study for GCSE RE, they examine Christian and Hindu views on:
- evil and suffering
- how to live a religious life
- life after death
- peace and conflict
- crime and punishment