Religious Education

Foundation Statement

1, How does the school’s ethos underpin this subject, and what virtues have potential to be developed in our students through its study?

The distinctive Christian ethos of the school will be evident to students across all subjects and in all aspects of schooling at The King’s Academy.  RE studies are no more ‘religious’ than those in other subjects.  However, it is the particular role of the RE curriculum to provide clear foundations for appreciating the Christian worldview upon which all aspects of students’ schooling at The King’s Academy are based, whilst also recognising the characteristics and bases of alternative worldviews. RE seeks to be a place where students can regularly and accurately understand, explore and discern the implications of these worldviews.

Key, particularly as students mature, is the equipping of students with critical means to evaluate for themselves the propositions that are made by Christianity and also of other world religions, and to determine their own beliefs. 

 

2, What goals do we desire for our students in their study of this subject?

a. Understand the big story of the Bible that is the Creation, Fall, Redemption and forthcoming Fulfilment, with God calling all people to be part of God’s kingdom through Christ’s work of redemption and the Holy Spirit’s work of sanctification.

b. Recognise Judaism, Humanism and Islam as other major world religions and worldviews, and their relationships with Christianity.

c. Develop ability to use all of Biblical scripture competently, alongside other resources, in order to analyse and interpret its textual meaning, to explore cultural context, trace its themes and so to be able to discuss profound and ethical implications for everyday life including in professions such as medicine and science, the meaning and purposes of our lives, right and wrong, wisdom, integrity, understanding the nature and balance of work and leisure.

d. Address alongside other subjects in the curriculum, in a way that is balanced and consistent with Biblical teaching: sex education; rights and responsibilities; the use and abuse of medicines and drugs; the structure and society of the British legal system; conflict and conflict resolution.

e. Analyse and evaluate the claims of Christianity and other faith positions and consider the personal implications for self including what is believed and why, and coherence between their beliefs and actions.

 

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 to 8 Year 9 to 11 Sixth Form