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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Religious studies

"Creativity, Spirituality, Thinking, Beliefs, Ethics, Morals - a whole new dimension." 

intent

RE is a core subject within our school. By the end of their studies of Religious Education at Middlewich High School, we expect students to be tolerant and respectful young people; accepting of others, and prepared for life beyond the classroom. We seek to encourage a feeling of being a global citizen within our students, accepting people’s differences and embracing the opportunity to learn about different cultures, ethics and religion.

Our curriculum allows for the study of all 6 major world religions to provide a broad understanding of all, and to be able to draw links between them. We have sequenced the units of work so that students will build upon their knowledge, and we ensure the suitability to the age and abilities of the pupils studying them. We build on students’ cultural capital through trips, and inviting speakers in, and throughout their study seek to strengthen their understand of British values.

 

Within each unit, a variety of experiences are provided from written work, reflective activities, class/group discussion and creative tasks. We develop skills such as listening, effective communication, working to deadlines, literacy, presentational skills, IT and research skills, and debating. We continually make links between the work we do and their future lives. Through studying RE at Middlewich High School we know that our students are fully equipped for life in the modern world.

INTRODUCTION

Our subject aims to broaden the horizons of our students and develop them personally, spiritually, emotionally and morally, to become a more open-minded and tolerant generation.

DEPARTMENT AIMS

  • To encourage an interest in philosophical studies.
  • To understand and tolerate different cultures and religion.
  • To respond to and encounter the study of religion in different ways.
  • To be aware of the wider community, locally and globally.

KEY STAGE 3

Pupils have the opportunity to study a variety of topics, all in accordance with the Cheshire Agreed Syllabus. During Key Stage 3 we teach elements of all 6 major world faiths as well as looking at topics such as "Social Justice" and "What Is Religion?" Lessons include a variety of different activities designed to build on pupils' self-confidence and allowing them to express their opinions and listen to those of others.

KEY STAGE 4

Students follow the OCR short course in Philosophy and Ethics (Option B). Pupils look at the following units with a particular emphasis on Christianity although other religious views and opinions are discussed:

  • Religion, Peace and Justice.
  • Religion and Human Relationships.
  • Death and the Afterlife.
  • Medical Ethics.

Students are given the opportunity to take part in much discussion work where they work on expressing not only their own opinions but putting forward the opinions of others, as well as completing a variety of written and group activities.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Year 10 are given the opportunity to take part in a Christian wedding down at the local church. Many Year 10 pupils are also involved in planning the day itself.