RE is a dynamic and forward-thinking area of study, popular amongst students at all Key Stages and recognised for consistently high attainment academically at all Secondary Key Stages. All specialist RE teachers work hard to challenge the preconceptions of students regarding the objective study of world faiths; developing skills of empathy, comparison, critical thinking and personal reflection whilst considering contemporary moral and ethical issues through exploration of current world events.
There is a very diverse range of teaching and learning styles used in RE lessons across all key stages. Opportunities for drama, sculptures, models, stories, movies and even poetry recitals are incorporated into the learning of the pupils, as well as the usual. Pupils are also taken on trips and outings to the local area, including places of worship. So there is something for everyone and all pupils enjoy some aspect of lessons taught.
The overall aim of Religious Education at Kenilworth is to promote pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development by helping them to:
- Address the fundamental questions of life;
- Respond to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions, in context with the light of their own experience and understanding;
- Reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of study;
- Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral life;
- Develop positive attitudes towards other people, respecting their rights to hold beliefs different from their own and to enable them to live in a world with many diverse religions;
- Develop knowledge and understanding of the faiths, practices and values of the religious traditions found in Birmingham and elsewhere, and the influences on individuals, families communities, societies and cultures.
Key Stage Three
At KS3 pupils study a range of faiths and also partake in themed multi faith topics. Year nine pupils recently had opportunity to meet holocaust survivors to support the learning from the Holocaust unit in which they use a variety of art forms to express their thoughts. We have also hosted visits from the Dean and Bishop and we have links with local and national N.G.O’s. We are privileged as a department to be able to draw on the Kenilworth Youth for Christ team and Cross Teach team.
Units of work are weighted between a balance of Christianity, other World Faiths and Personal Search foci. Each scheme is presented and assessed through two Attainment Targets, each measuring a particular aspect of RE: AT1 measures the acquisition of factual knowledge and understanding, whilst AT2 measures a student’s capacity for reasoning and self-expression.
Key Stage Four: GCSE.
Full-course (GCSE option) students will study two further GCSE units: Religion & Ethics based on a study of Christianity and Religion, Peace and Conflict based on a study of Islam. Topics include Beliefs in God, Living the Religious Life, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and the Family, Crime and Punishment and Peace and Conflict.
As both units share exam techniques and format, there is considerable potential for comparison between course elements, allowing a more holistic and deeper understanding of the overall themes.