Within the RE Department we aim to engage students in philosophical and ethical debate through the study of religious belief and practice. Through studying the major world religions we challenge bias and prejudice and encourage students to see the world through other people’s eyes. We operate an environment where individuals are free to express their own views and beliefs and an area where pupils opinions are valued, regardless of beliefs or ability. We are staffed by four specialist RE teachers and are based in the J Block. All 4 rooms have Smart Boards and a large collection of shared resources and artefacts.
It is taught for one hour a week to all students in Key Stage 3. All students in Key Stage 4 study RE as part of a programme of study which includes PSHE and Citizenship. There is the option of further study by choosing to take a Full Course GCSE in KS4 and Philosophy of Religion and Buddhism at A Level.
Introduction to the major world religions
Key beliefs of Christianity with a focus on the special nature of Jesus
Jewish beliefs and practices including the Shema and Passover
Islam and Hinduism with a focus on the nature of God
Hinduism and Islam with a focus on the influence of religious leaders (including Muhammad and Gandhi)
Buddhism (this includes a trip to a Buddhist monastery as part of an investigation on worship and meditation)
The influence of the early church on Christianity
A study of festivals including Ramadan, Paganism & Halloween, Hannukkah and Christmas
A study of moral issues including war and peace and the environment
Prejudice and discrimination with a focus on racism and community cohesion
Yr 10-11 GCSE – Option
This follows the OCR Philosophy and Ethics course. Topics covered include arguments for and against the existence of God, beliefs about life after death, the problem of evil; attitudes towards animal rights, poverty, violence and pacifism. This includes the option of visiting places of worship around Carlisle as part of a study on the style and purpose of worship.
Yr 12 and 13
This follows the AQA syllabus. In year 12 students study the Philosophy of Religion and Buddhism modules. In year 13 students continue with a study of Buddhism and extend their philosophical thought through studying Perceptions of Ultimate Reality. This includes the option of visiting a zen monastery.
Sociology at A-Level follows the AQA syllabus. This involves studying the following
– Families & Households
– Education, Theory and Methods
– Beliefs in Society
– Crime and Deviance