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In RE students are encouraged to reflect on the world around them and think big questions about meaning and purpose of life. They increase their knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and values of the major world faiths. Through RE students can develop respect and sensitivity towards others, particularly those whose beliefs are different from their own. Students nurture their capacity to make informed choices in their own lives and develop a positive sense of belonging. We seek to build on shared experiences and values whilst also celebrating difference.
RE focuses on three main areas: exploring, engaging and reflecting. Students will learn to ask questions and are encouraged to be curious and inquisitive about life. They become better informed about religious and non-religious responses to ethical and moral issues. Students interpret the ways in which beliefs are expressed and they develop confidence to express their own views whilst respecting the faith of others.
At Blackfriars RE is taught by a variety of teaching styles and methods. Students not only develop their literacy skills, but explore RE through drama; role-play; artefacts; visiting speakers; art work; IT etc as well as visits within the local community.
In Key Stage 3 students follow a three year rolling programme in accordance with the New Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus:
|Key Stage 3||
Identify, diversify and belonging
Beliefs teaching and sources
Values and commitments
Practices and ways of life
Meaning purpose and truth
|Year A||Belonging||Let's Celebrate||Tell me a story||Leaders and followers||Religion in the home||In the beginning|
|Year B||All about me||Celebrating light||A special book||Special events in religious traditions: Easter||Faith through Art||Our World|
|Year C||Friends and Family||Who is Jesus?||
Why should I?
|Signs and Symbols||Worshipping together||The journey of life|
In Key Stage 4 RE is a compulsory subject. Students focus on Christian and non-religious responses to ethical and moral issues.