Religious Education is a subject that provides opportunity for religious, emotional or spiritual growth and more importantly it is a subject that can equip young people with valuable skills such as the ability to communicate with and understand people, developing empathy and respect towards others and having a positive effect on social cohesion. It provides young people with the skills to critically think about the world in which we live in and the people whom we live alongside. RE is a complex and challenging subject focused on developing critical thought amongst young people.
|1. Big questions
This introductory topic gives pupils the opportunity to get an insight into what RE looks like at Ernulf Academy. They will ask and try to answer big questions such as “how did we get here?” and “what is my purpose on earth?”
The main purpose of this topic is to encourage thinking skills and encourage pupils to consider their own beliefs.
Learn different people believe about the meaning of life (brief overview of humanism, hedonism, religion, nihilism and materialism)
Consider the meaning of life for them
Consider the big question “does God exist?” by examining what different philosophers say about the existence of God including William Paley, Blaise Pascal and Ludwig Feuerbach
Explore different religious and non-religious creation stories (religion vs science)
Explore the concepts of faith, grace and salvation
Explore biblical miracles and modern miracles
Consider what it means to have a vocation
Pupils study Christianity in three parts: history, beliefs and practices. This knowledge will be built upon through key stage 3 and 4.
|Explore the beginnings of Christianity and the Early Church
Learn about the main beliefs and teachings of Christianity, including the life and death of Jesus Christ
Explore how Christians put their beliefs into practice
Learn relevant biblical parables and their meanings
|3. Prejudice and discrimination
This PSHE- like unit gives pupils the opportunity to discuss issues relating to inequality, prejudice and discrimination in society. This unit aims to promote empathy and respect for others and should aid personal development.
|Learn about stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination and figure out where they come from
Look at real life examples of prejudice and discrimination, examining the negative impact they have on society
Learn about racism and gender issues
Learn about inspiring people who have stood up to inequality throughout history
Pupils study some of the main aspects of Hinduism. At this stage, pupils will be able to compare two different religions, pointing out similarities and differences.
|Pupils will learn about the Hindu gods and goddesses
Explore key beliefs such as karma, samsara, moksha and dharma
Learn about modern Hindu worship and important festivals
Examine Hindu beliefs about treatment of the environment and violence
Please note this information will be added in due course…