Our religious education curriculum is intended to encourage students to raise and reflect on fundamental questions about life and to develop an understanding of different human cultures and beliefs. We are steered by the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2015-2020) and use its guidance to ensure students have opportunities to explore and study key themes and concepts as detailed in the syllabus.
We believe that a robust religious education curriculum is essential in supporting our students in becoming tolerant and open individuals who are an asset to their local community and to society as a whole.
Our intention is that during their time at the school, students will gain greater knowledge, skills and understanding of the following key religious education concepts and learning:
⦁ How we should treat other people, developing understanding of and respect for diverse beliefs and cultures in the fight against racism and bullying;
⦁ Understand their place in the local community and as a valuable citizen of a tolerant nation by an exploration of ‘British Values’;
⦁ Understand the power of religious institutions and how this may have changed over time and how political systems may have replaced religious doctrine;
⦁ Ask and reflect on beliefs to do with fundamental ethical questions such as genocide, human values, tolerance, respect and war.
In Key Stage 3, religious education is taught as part of our Thematic Approaches to Learning programme (please see the TAL Policy for more information).
At Key Stage 4 students are taught philosophy and ethics in their PSHE lessons.
Students also receive religious education via the whole-school culture and ethos of restorative practice and through our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) programme for example during assemblies, in Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education lessons and through our promotion of each value of the month.
We are keen to ensure that the teaching of reading is explicit in all areas of the curriculum: in religious education this includes learning and using key philosophical and ethical terms, reading religious texts and being supported with deciphering their meanings and learning religion-specific language.
We monitor the impact of our teaching of religious education through in-class assessments and via our monitoring of the Quality of Education throughout the school.