Statement KS3 KS4 Art Business Studies Computing Dance Design Technology Drama English Food Geography History IT Maths MFL Media Music PE PSHE RE Science RE Overview In Religious Education, students have the opportunity to study a range of ethical and philosophical topics. Our students develop values and attitudes that will enable them to respond sensitively to worldwide issues. Teachers have high expectations of all students and challenge them to think deeply about the topics studied. Key Stage 3 At Key Stage 3, students will learn about four of the main world religions, Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam. Students will also develop skills in evaluating points of view, questioning ideas and beliefs, and producing pieces of extended writing. We study the concepts of prejudice and discrimination through the life and works of Martin Luther King and the Jewish Holocaust. Identifying and addressing issues that our students will engage with throughout their lives will help them develop as young people and prepare them for adult life. Year 7 In Year 7, students will study Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. Throughout the Christianity unit, students will consider what it means to be a Christian and begin to develop their own beliefs about the existence of God. Using philosophical questions, students will also evaluate issues and develop, justify and argue their own beliefs, whilst respecting the beliefs of others.Students will then study the main beliefs and practices of Islam and Sikhism enabling them to develop their knowledge and understanding of these religions. Students will begin to make comparisons between the religions, finding similarities and differences between them. Students will enhance their learning by participating on a trip to a mosque, where Asian culture will be included as part of their learning. Year 8 Students begin to consider the impact of prejudice and discrimination in the world today. They will learn about where prejudices come from and how these impact on the way people are treated in society. The effects of stereotyping groups are considered along with the question, can we treat everybody equally and why. Students will then move on to study Judaism, looking at the basis of the religion and how the religion has faced prejudice and discrimination throughout the ages. This leads into an in-depth study of the Holocaust. To enhance learning, a college trip to the National Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire is offered to Year 8 students. Year 9 In Year 9 students will study three thematic units; Racism and Religion, Crime and Punishment and Peace and Conflict. Students study the effects of racism in Britain and in the USA, considering the roles of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr and Malcom X. We look at issues from a Christian and a Muslim perspective. The units include topics such as capital punishment, forgiveness and pacifism. These units offer students the chance to develop their own justified views and to understand the opinions of others. Key Stage 4 At Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA Religious Studies (A) 9-1 GCSE. This specification comprises of 8 units, made up of thematic studies and the beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills that will help prepare them for the examination and for further study post-16. The GCSE is 100% examination, split over two papers. Facilities The RE faculty has its own classroom with a wide range of resources including religious artefacts and well-resourced materials to support and aid learning. Specialist teaching staff enable engaging and informative lessons for students to be a part of. Enrichment There are two trips available at Key Stage 3 to enhance knowledge and understanding of the Jewish Holocaust and the study of Islam. We also run a range of intervention and revision sessions, as well as offering homework help to students who may need it.