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RE at Jesmond Park Academy

RE

No other subject addresses the big questions in life like Religious Education (RE). It goes to the very heart of what it is to be human. It is meaningful as beliefs and values are important in understanding the world in which we live.

RE Philosophy Statement

Of the 7.7 billion people in the world only 16% class themselves as non-believers (source The Pew Forum). In addition the issues RE covers are in the news on a regular basis, so RE is relevant and beneficial to all students, whether they are religious or not.

Our purpose is to provide students with a rigorous academic experience, which encourages critical thinking, tolerance, knowledge and understanding. The RE curriculum stimulates philosophical thought, decision making skills, collaboration and independent working skills. Moreover, it makes a key and unique contribution to understanding cultural values and the multicultural world in which we live. It provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage with contemporary moral issues and develop social, cultural, political and philosophical awareness. The RE curriculum fosters student oracy and literacy by providing opportunities to read, view, write, design and talk confidently, appropriately, sensitively and with empathy, about the many diverse topics we study.

It is our belief that students should have an opportunity to learn how to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others' rights and responsibilities. Therefore, the RE curriculum enables students to consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development, the development of values, attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life. This is beneficial as it can play a key role in creating social cohesion and generating genuine understanding between communities thus reducing friction, intolerance and social unrest.

 


 

RE Curriculum Content Statement

We believe that the Religious Education (RE) curriculum should be founded on the principle that the acquisition of core knowledge about faith will enable young people to question the fundamentals of human existence and explore the influence of beliefs on individuals, culture, behaviour and national life.

The design of the RE curriculum focuses on providing students with fundamental knowledge about religion and focuses on key themes related to belief, practice and sources of authority. This then enables a spiral approach to learning, that builds in more complexity and challenge, as students are then able to: investigate similarities or diversity within and between religions; the impact of faith on everyday life; and ultimately be able to analyse and evaluate ultimate questions e.g. Is there life after death?

Our specialist RE staff work together to ensure that students can readily access knowledge stored in their long-term memory so that they can build upon previous learning and extend their understanding. We aim to achieve this through the use of regular, low stakes, testing in order to promote the acquisition of subject knowledge, understanding and vocabulary.

RE at Jesmond Park Academy

There are many core skills which we revisit throughout each key stage, building understanding and empathy within students. They are required to develop their ability to investigate, interpret and reflect on information. This can then be used to evaluate, analyse and synthesise knowledge, which will help students to apply their learning to everyday life and situations. The fundamental attitudes of respect, care and concern are promoted at all times.  Literacy is regularly reinforced via extended writing and ensuring key vocabulary is accurately spelt and used in written work.  

The content of our curriculum also promotes the need for students to reflect on life and their own beliefs. It contributes to personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. The RE curriculum often raises more questions than answers and explores challenging issues. It is therefore, important we provide students with the ability to investigate and respond appropriately.

 


RE curriculum offer

KS3 – In year 7 and 8 students study three modules in each year, based on the key World Faiths. Students in year 9 study three modules which focus on the application of faith linked to contemporary moral issues.  Some of the course content will be revisit in Year 10 and 11, if a student opts for the GCSE RS course.

KS4 - students will study Personal development (Pd) which included two RE modules, lasting a term each.  In addition students can opt to study GCSE Religious Studies.