Curriculum Intent for Religious Education

To engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions. Students will develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural city of “peace and reconciliation”. We want them to know how religious education promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.

  • Click below to download the Curriculum map that shows a student’s learning journey throughout this subject at Finham Park School.

RE Learning Journey

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, Ms Lucas and Ms Carrier.

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 worldviews, the nature of faith and what it means to be religious. The question “Why do we study RE?” is also considered. The unit also looks at Coventry as a multi faith city and why Coventry is a city of peace and reconciliation.

3.11 What difference does it make to believe in…? Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh

LINKS TO GOOD AND EVIL KS4 – FORGIVENESS

Life of Siddhartha Gautama – A look at the religion of Buddhism, its beliefs and teachings as well as its relevance for today’s society

3.5 Why is there suffering? Are there any good solutions?

3.9 Should happiness be the purpose of life?

3.4 Is death the end? Does it matter?

LINKS TO LIFE AND DEATH KS4

Autumn 2  Big Questions – An introduction to philosophy looking at some of life’s ultimate questions from a variety of view points

3.1 Do we need to prove God’s existence? Christian, Buddhist and/or Muslim, nonreligious worldviews e.g. Humanist

3.4 Is death the end? Does it matter?  Christian, Buddhist and/or non-religious worldviews e.g. Humanist

3.5 Why is there suffering? Are there any good solutions? Christian and Buddhist

LINKS TO CHRISTIAN BELIEFS KS4

Human Rights and 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.

3.12 Is religion a power for peace or a cause of conflict in the world today?

LINKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS KS4

Spring 1  Sikhism – What does it mean to be a young Sikh growing up in Coventry?

3.8 What is good and what is challenging about being a teenage Sikh

Judaism – The beginnings, the rules, the artefacts, the festivals and worship.

3.11 What difference does it make to believe in Judaism?

LINKS TO CHRISTIAN BELIEFS KS4

Spring 2  Islam – A Religion Misunderstood?

Myth busting , the nature of Allah, the prophet Muhammad’s life, detailed work on each of the 5 pillars of Islam, the nature of tawhid and shirk, and a project on women in Islam

3.12 Is religion a power for peace or a cause of conflict in the world today?

LINKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS KS4

Where is God? Focus on the Holocaust and the impact on Judaism as a religion

3.5 Why is there suffering? Are there any good solutions?

LINKS TO GOOD AND EVIL KS4

Summer 1  Jesus – Son of God or Magician?

3.3 What is so radical about Jesus?

LINKS TO CHRISTIAN BELIEFS KS4

Holocaust – Memorials around the world. Design your own memorial.

3.7 How can people express the spiritual through the arts?

Summer2  NATRE – Spirited Arts Project – Popular and thought provoking, this competition allows students to express their ideas using art.

3.7 How can people express the spiritual through the arts?

LINKS TO CHRISTIAN PRACTICES KS4

Religion and the Environment – Different religious beliefs about the Environment.

3.10 Does religion help people to be good?

LINKS TO ISSUES OF LIFE AND DEATH – STEWARDSHIP KS4

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

 

Department Staff

Head of Department Ms L Madden
Ms J Lucas
Mr D Ratcliffe
Ms M Carrier
Ms R Bassi
Ms Y Crawford