Religious Education (RE) at Wellfield School enables pupils to learn about the world in which we live. RE is not a subject designed to make people religious but rather to allow students to think for themselves about religious, moral, social, philosophical and ethical issues.
RE develops pupils’ understanding of the beliefs, teachings, practises and forms of expression of Christianity and of other world religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. RE also provides students with opportunities for their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. RE at Wellfield promotes respect and tolerance for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
RE is timetabled for one lesson per week. By law all pupils must study RE. RE lessons at Wellfield Community School are relevant to pupils’ own lives, engaging, and allow students to develop skills of analysis, investigation, interpretation and evaluation.
RE at Wellfield follows the Durham Locally Agreed Syllabus. Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding and on their critical thinking skills. Personal reflection is a vital part of RE and, whilst guidance is given on ways to develop this, it is not formally assessed.
RE should be valued at Wellfield because:
- It promotes awareness and understanding of different beliefs and the nature of society
- It encourages the development of crucial skills as well as building on literacy and numeracy
- RE gives pupils a unique opportunity to consider issues and views for themselves and form their own opinions and explain them in a safe environment
- RE tackles some of the big questions of life
- It promotes understanding of different cultures and traditions which helps to remove prejudice
- RE will lead to a GCSE qualification
- RE helps to prepare students for, and to contribute positively to, life in modern Britain.
The focus for Year 7 is beliefs and questions. Students begin with a bridging unit based examining the key concepts in RE. Students look in depth at different beliefs and are encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs and values. Students also begin to develop their evaluation skills.
Units for Year 7 include:
- What are the big ideas in RE?
- Ultimate questions
- What does it mean to live as a Muslim in Britain today?
- What are the beliefs of Christians?
- How are the arts used to express religion and spirituality?
The focus for Year 8 is identity and equality. Students build on their skills from Year 7 and examine in depth the impact that religion can have on groups, individuals and on society. Students continue to develop their critical thinking skills.
Units for Year 8 include:
- Is happiness the purpose of life?
- Being British: religious diversity
- The Bible: The Big Story
- Is religion good for society?
- What makes a person inspirational?
As students move to Upper School in Year 9 they begin to follow the AQA GCSE Religious Studies course. Students begin the course by looking at ethical questions based on:
- Religion and Relationships
- Religion and Life
- Crime and Punishment
- Peace and Conflict
- Human Rights and Social Justice
Year 10 and 11
Students continue to follow the AQA Religious Studies course. Students now complete a depth study of Christianity and Islam looking at beliefs, teachings and practices.