“How can we begin to understand ourselves without understanding others? Learning about why and how people chose to live their lives is more important now than ever.”
Year 11 leaver
The Religious Education Department at Saddleworth School aims to equip students with knowledge and understanding of the 6 World Religions across their KS3 curriculum. Members of our department were instrumental is writing the Oldham Agreed Syllabus for RE, in which it states:
“The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.”
Our Organising concepts stem from the recommendations from the DfE relating to good practise in RE. In order to fully understand ourselves and our place in the world, we need an understanding of others, as alluded to by the Year 11 Leaver. So firstly we ‘make sense of beliefs’; when we have that knowledge, we can move onto ‘understanding the impact’ that religion or religious belief has on wider society. Finally we have an opportunity to ‘make connections’ between different religions, finding the similarities between faiths.
Our KS3 Curriculum paves the way for GCSE Specification A Religious Studies, this specification looks at the key beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam, as well as thematic studies within these faiths, looking at topics such as Peace and Conflict, Relationships and Families and Social Justice.
Focus for Assessments:
- Making sense of beliefs
- Understanding the impact
- Making connections and evaluating