Key Stage 3
We follow the Northamptonshire agreed syllabus, where we are able to provide a balance between Christianity and other religions.This allows us to promote tolerance and diversity. Through RE students learn about religion in order to understand what it means to be religious. All students are encouraged to form and express their own views and opinions and to listen to and acknowledge the views of others.
Year 7 students complete an introductory unit on identity and beliefs, they will then look at Christian beliefs about God, and end the year with a unit on Hinduism.
In Year 8, students study Christian ways of life by looking at festivals, suffering, the environment and life after death. They will end the year studying Judaism and how their beliefs affect their lives.
Ethical issues are the focus in Year 9 and how different religious groups respond to them. Students are assessed continuously throughout the different units, using expectations statements and level descriptors to level pieces of classwork.
Key Stage 4
Access to Religious Education is compulsory at Key Stage 4 and the students are timetabled with one dedicated session per week. This allows us the time to deliver the WJEC Specification B, studying Religion and Life Issues, which includes Relationships, Justice, Looking for Meaning and Identity and Belonging, and Religion and Human Experience, which covers issues such as conflict, medicine, religious expression and authority. The main religious focus is Christianity, although comparisons are made to other religious groups.