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Religious Studies

Religious Education at Oak Academy

“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.” – St Augustine

Religious Education teaching Staff

  • Mrs S Buxton (SENDCO)

Why is Religious Education Important?

We aim to equip all students with the ability to think for themselves as they study philosophical, theological, and social issues. To be open minded to other points of view and to identify and challenge misconceptions and prejudice. To listen to each other and not be afraid of making their own voice heard, justifying their viewpoint with reasoned consideration. We aim to encourage students to be critical thinkers and develop their literacy ability to debate controversial issues without causing offense to others. We want students to be inspired by Religious Education, motivated to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them.

We aim to give our students the confidence to be courageous advocates for those who suffer injustice and discrimination. We want all students to aim high and progress to be the best they can be, whatever their situation or starting point. Academically, by reaching and surpassing their expected banding or grade. Personally, by becoming good, respectful, and caring individuals who will continue to be hard working, decent, honest young adults who are well placed to leave the school and make a positive contribution to society.

Teaching and Learning In Religious Education.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7,8 and 9 students will have one lesson of religious education over the two-week timetable.

Learning is embedded through the development of knowledge and skills over time. In KS3, the curriculum breadth supports learners’ knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism. Throughout each year learning deepens their understanding of a range of religious and non-religious world views. Progression is mapped coherently. This progression allows for effective differentiation, marking and feedback, and stretch for all. Students have access to key terminology and sources of wisdom. Regular extended writing allows pupils to develop their language and vocabulary.

The three strands of the Bournemouth and Poole Agreed Syllabus Any Questions are imbedded into the program of study. The 3 strands reflect the 3 aims in the NCFRE, national non-statutory guidance on RE, 2013.

Key Stage 3 Topics

Year 7

  • Does God Exist?
  • Does the environment matter?

Year 8

  • Is there life after death?
  • Why is there suffering?

Year 9

  • Is it ever right to kill?
  • Introduction to Western Philosophy