In order to better prepare students for the changes to GCSE RS, from September 2017 Citizenship has been removed from the RE curriculum to make space for additional in depth learning about and from the world religions. RE is taught in accordance with the Liverpool Agreed Syllabus; all students receiving one RE lesson per week.
The aims of RE are to support each child in their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Through a study of the deep and meaningful questions; ‘Does God exist?’, ‘What happens when we die?’ students are encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs and values and those of others. Through the study of ethical decision making students are given the opportunity to discover the guidance given by the world religions and non- religious forms of guidance, and are encouraged to reflect on their own decision making. Students also have the opportunity to find out about the practices which express key beliefs from the world religions.
Key areas of study in KS3:
- Introduction to RE: during this unit students find out the key beliefs of the six world religions, and have the opportunity to engage in a philosophical debate on an ultimate question. This unit includes a baseline assessment.
- Authority: Considering the different sources of authority which have shaped religious belief, though a study of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X students gain understanding of the significance of people to religion.
- Ethics and relationships: Students are introduced to a range of ethical dilemmas and some of the guidance offered by the world religions through a study of surviving on an island.
- Study of literature and meaning: Students gain an understanding of the importance of sacred literature reflecting on ‘The BIG story told in the Bible’
- Religious expressions: Students consider a range of different expressions of faith including different forms of worship and pilgrimages.
- Rights and responsibilities: Students are encouraged to reflect on their own rights and responsibilities and those of others through a study of global issues such as: Is it right to fight? Can the world be fed?
- Faith Studies: Students will have the opportunity to find out the key beliefs of the six world religions. They will explore what it means for a person to be religious in the context of the world religions.