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Sir Christopher Hatton

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Religious Education

CURRICULUM LEADER: MISS C BISHOP

bishopc@hattonacademy.org.uk

HEAD OF RE: MRS J LEAR

learj@hattonacademy.org.uk

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Details:

Subjects will cover a wide range of topics in RE to help develop students understanding of the beliefs held in modern, multicultural Britain and the wider world. Students will learn about the world’s major religions, major philosophical questions and ethical dilemmas. They will explore topics such as how religions are founded, issues of animal extinction, the existence of God and faith in the community.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Details:

At Key Stage 4, studdents study the new AQA GCSE Religious Studies A specification. This specification focuses on two aspects. The first, component 1, is on the key ideas of two major world religions, Islam or Judaism and Christianity.  In this component, students undertake a study of the key philosophical and moral principles of different world belief perspectives. In component 2, students examine key themes within the modern world. Notably, students have the opportunity to examine in detail themes such as family and relationships, crime and punishment, human rights and social ustice and more. They analyse all of these issues from non-religious, personal and religious perspectives to come to a balanced and reflective view on issues raised.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Details:

At Key Stage 5, students cover a variety of philosophical, religious and moral issues. They complete an examination on Philosophy, Ethics and developments in Christian thought, each of which carries a weighting of roughly 33%. In Philosophy, students study a range of topics from the development of Greek philosophy through to how we can gain genuine knowledge. In Ethics, students study a series of non-religious and religious ethical ideas such as utilitarianism and Natural Law, and learn to apply them to modern world issues such as euthanasia and business ethics. In the Christianity unit, students will look at  topics such as Augustine’s teachings, gender and theology and the challenge of secularism.