Subject Curriculum Intent – RE
The principle aim of Religious Education at City Heights is for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so that students have a rich understanding of the context of their lives and communities and are inspired to have a life- long love for learning. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection to enable students to become the people they aspire to be. The RE curriculum focusses primarily on Christian and Islamic beliefs and practices as well as exposing students to a broad range of divergent philosophical and ethical views which we hope that they will draw on in the future.
We have chosen to study the exam on ‘Peace and Conflict’ and the exam on ‘Religion and Ethics’ as these contain the most cross-curricular links (predominantly with History and Science) and so support memory and cognition. Years 10 and 11 are sequenced by religion (with Christianity first and Islam second) and progressively (beginning with Christianity as it is ordinarily the deeper starting knowledge base for students and so makes the study of Islam easier as students will have built up a considerable schema in a comparative religion first). Our content-choices have been governed by a desire to ensure students gain the foundational powerful knowledge in order to access further study and gain an understanding of a diverse range of religious and ethical beliefs and practices.
Throughout the curriculum, students are also explicitly taught the disciplinary knowledge required to become an articulate scholar within the field of Religious Studies. We have identified three disciplinary skills which are returned to regularly and are made explicit in our teaching and have been included in our knowledge booklets. These are (i) interpretation of sources of wisdom and authority, (ii) evaluative writing and (iii) explanation of religious beliefs. Further, key themes are regularly returned to through the course and made explicit. These themes are (i) the nature of God, (ii) the nature of worship, (iii) ethical justification and (iv) unity vs. diversity
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