Religious Education at Key Stage Three:
All pupils at Key Stage Three are timetabled for one Relgious Education lesson per week.
As there is no statutory National Curriculum for Religious Education, schools are permitted to devise their own curriculums.
Throughout the academic year, pupils gain an oversight into the main beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. These are studied through separate, but inter-related units of work on 'The Beginnings and History of World Religions' and 'Beliefs and Worship.'
Four topics are studied throughout the course of the academic year.
- Buddhism - The main principles of the Buddhist faith.
- Perceptions of Jesus and his Teachings - How people throughout history have perceived Jesus and his message, including those of other faiths.
- Religion and Animal Issues - How religions approach the moral and ethical issues surrounding the treatment of animals.
- The Spead of Christianity - How Christianity arrived in Britain and how it has spread to become a world faith.
The majority of the year is spent looking at a series of moral and ethical considerations. These are explored through the following mediums;
- Definite and Ultimate Questions - For instance is there a God?
- The Passage of Life - Events throughout a person's lifetime from birth to death and the afterlife.
- Relgion and Animal Issues - Further work on how religions approach the moral and ethical issues surrounding the treatment of animals.
- Lifestyle Choices - The quality of our lives and how our actions can affect the lives of others.