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“Spirituality is not an add-on extra. It is there already, a part of being human. Spirituality is a big piece in the jigsaw of life, and if we don’t see it, the picture won’t make sense”

Why Religious Education?

Spirituality has always been a part of life, and religious expression is one form
of that spirituality. Religious Education explores this expression, and aims to add
a full and rounded view of what it is to be human.

Year Seven
In year seven students are introduced the general the idea of spirituality.  They
explore what it is to be human in its fullest extent and investigate the nature of God and belief.  They are encouraged to develop their own belies in the light of their findings, and to evaluate and analyse the findings of others.

In Year Eight
In year eight students explore the ideas of good and evil, suffering and life after death.  They are encouraged to develop their own belies in the light of their findings, and to evaluate and analyse the findings of others.

Students are marked and graded according to National Curriculum levels based on the local syllabus and the non-statutory framework for religious education.

Throughout the course the following key skills are addressed.  These key skills are:
investigation, interpretation, reflection, empathy, evaluation, analysis, synthesis, expression, application.

Years Nine and Ten.
In year nine and ten, students start to study a short course GCSE examination with the intention of sitting the exam in year ten. The course that is started in year nine is the AQA Religious Studies Short Course entitled Religious Expression in Society.  This course consists of six topics, of which only four are required to be studied for the examination.  The topics available are:

1. Religion and Art. 3.    3. Religion and Literature.   5. Religion and Music.
2. Religion and Architecture. 4. Religion and the Media.  6. Religion and
                              Contemporary Society.

The topics usually studied are topics 1,2,4,5.  However studied will vary from year to year, and will depend on many different factors.