Our Vision

We believe that the Religious Education department has a vital role to play in Finham Park School's determination to be a leader in learning, achieving excellence in all we do. Learning about and from religion provides invaluable opportunities to reinforce the values debated and agreed by staff, students, parents and governors. These are:

  • Honesty
  • Equality of opportunity
  • A commitment to excellence
  • Trust
  • Mutual respect
  • Compassion
  • Pride
  • High Standards
  • Openness
  • Fairness
  • Work ethic
  • Achievement based on previous, personal best
  • High self-esteem/ self-confidence
  • Health and emotional well-being
  • Ambition
  • Happiness

In the light of recent global events, and educational priorities (Citizenship Education, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) we believe that we are ideally placed to play a leading role in the continuing improvement of Finham Park School and to contribute to the life-long learning of students and staff.

Aims & Objectives

Aims

  1. To further develop the knowledge and skills required to understand and engage with the beliefs and practices of people from a variety of religious traditions (Christianity and other principal religions and value systems represented in Great Britain) in an authentic way
  2. To acknowledge and where possible make use of the various backgrounds and world-views of the students
  3. To provide opportunities to encounter and explore a variety of ultimate questions and truth claims that the students see as relevant to their own lives.
  4. To encourage dialogue and reflection through the study of religion

Each of these aims contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of pupils. They reflect the aims of the Coventry Agreed Syllabus (Revised 2008)

 

Objectives

We plan to meet these aims by:

  • Developing, implementing and reviewing schemes of work that,
    • meet the demands of the Coventry Agreed Syllabus and reflect current developments in religious education
    • provide a variety of learning experiences to meet the needs of all students
    • provide challenge and clear progression
    • make explicit reference to current developments in education (e.g. KS3 strategy)
    • make explicit links across the curriculum (e.g. literacy, Citizenship Education, numeracy)
  • Building links with members of a variety of traditions and their communities
  • Supporting teachers in the development of their subject knowledge
  • Promoting an ethos of mutual respect by,
    • conducting lessons in a secure, supportive and disciplined manner
    • Ensuring equal opportunities
    • setting an example

 

  • Long, medium and short term planning that exploits opportunities to relate content to the experiences of young people where appropriate
  • Using an introductory Year 7 scheme of work in RE that explores young people's questions and sets the tone for religious studies at FPS
  • Provision of GCSE and A level religious studies, both of which provide many such opportunities
  • Using a variety of strategies, such as stilling and hot-seating
  • Creating an inspiring and comfortable environment
  • Developing an ethos of mutual respect
  • Developing relationships with 'insiders' of religious traditions through visits etc.

Key Stage 3

Students study the six major world religions over the two years of key stage three, as well as exploring major moral issues.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 all students take the Eduqas GCSE Full Course in Religious Studies.

Key Stage 5

The RE department offers the increasingly popular OCR A Level in Philosophy,Ethics and Hinduism which is taught by Ms Madden and Ms Lucas.

RE Department KS3/4 Long Term Plan 2019-2022

Term Year 7 Year 8
Autumn 1

 

Intro to RE - A unit of work designed to look at the nature of faith and what it means to be religious. The question "Why do we study RE?" is also considered. Life of Siddhartha Gautama - A look at the religion of Buddhism, its beliefs and teachings as well as its relevance for todays society
Autumn 2

 

Big Questions - An introduction to philosophy looking at some of life's ultimate questions from a variety of view points Civil Rights - This unit focuses on what human rights are and how religion has inspired people like Martin Luther King and Gandhi to campaign for equal right for all.
Spring 1

 

What is it like to be a young Sikh person growing up in Coventry - an exploration of using ordinary life as a way to get closer to God. Islam - A foundation for GCSE RS
Spring 2

 

Jesus - Magician or Miracle worker? - Focus on the life of Jesus and the Easter Story. Where is God? Focus on Genocide and the impact on Judaism as a religion
Summer 1

 

NATRE - Spirited Arts Project - Popular and thought provoking, this competition allows students to express their ideas using art. Religion and the Environment

In this unit students will explore what religion teaches about the environment, and will use ideas from religion to inform their own ideas.

Summer2

 

NATRE - Spirited Arts Project - After looking a topics students are selected to compete nationally in this competition Bruce Almighty - How is God portrayed in the media? A contemporary film study comparing the Judaeo Christian concept of God with how God is portrayed in the film.
GCSE Religious Studies Eduqas Long Term Plan 2019-2022
Term Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Term 1 Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings Issues of Life and Death Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings
Autumn Term 2 Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings Issues of Good and Evil Christianity - Practices
Spring Term 1 Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings Issues of Relationships Hinduism - Beliefs and Teachings
Spring Term 2 Christianity - Beliefs and Teachings Issues of Relationships Hinduism - Practices
Summer Term 1 Issues of Good and Evil Issues of Human Rights Revision
Summer Term 2 Issues of Good and Evil Revision/Issues of Human Rights Revision

Head of Faculty: Ms Madden
Subject leader: Ms Madden
Mrs Kendall
Ms Lucas
Mr Ratcliffe

Mrs Carrier