Why do we study Religious Education?

High quality Religious Education makes a positive contribution to the learning of students. This agreed syllabus will enable students to develop their knowledge and skills through RE in order to prepare them for life in a modern, diverse Britain and in a plural world. It is structured so that students are challenged to think rigorously and creatively, to make informed judgements and to understand that it is acceptable to have doubts and to disagree in a reasoned and sensitive way. Through this process they can examine and reflect upon a range of questions about spirituality and identity, morality, values and commitments. Living in and growing up in the world of the 21st century will challenge all students. RE is important to help students to become literate and articulate about religions and beliefs, and to be thoughtful members of society. In learning from religion they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst also understanding more about the faith of other people they meet. RE is therefore relevant to every student and every citizen of Ridgeway Secondary School.

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 programme of study is designed to encourage learners to be inspired by following a broad, coherent and worthwhile course of study. It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices and to use language to participate effectively and sensitively in society and employment. Our Key Stage 3 Religious Education curriculum covers Years 7, 8 and 9 with students studying both world religions and an introduction to Philosophy.

Our Key Stage 3 units of study are grouped together under a key heading for each term in order to encourage deeper thinking and an understanding of how Religious Education lessons fit in with a broader educational framework. This also allows our students to make connections between their different units.

During Years 7 and 8 we will focus on the importance of studying Religious Education and then move on to understanding the core principles from Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Christianity. Throughout Year 9 the curriculum creates a more Philosophy based platform using the previous two years as a foundation. This focus on Philosophy creates a strong academic link between Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.