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Mrs King - Subject Leader         nki@ifieldcc.co.uk 

The purpose of Religious Education at Ifield Community College is to ensure that students are exposed to lots of different ideas and world views so that they are informed and valuable members of our community. In order to do this we investigate lots of different religious and non-religious view points about a range of ideas including; founding stories, rules and laws, world issues and beliefs about God. If you have any questions about the subject content or would like to learn more than please contact Mrs King - nki@ifieldcc.co.uk 

Intent

Our intent within Religious Education at Ifield Community College is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to act as global citizens. Religious Education contributes significantly to our key values of inclusivity, loyalty and belonging. Within Religious Education students are enabled to explore big questions about life, death, belonging and humanity.

The overarching concepts within Religious Education are:

Knowledge – Developing knowledge of our self and others, including the society in which we live.

Understanding – Developing understanding of our own views and those different to our own.

Personal Growth – Developing compassion and empathy.

Respect – Showing tolerance of different beliefs, ideas and cultures.

Morality – Understanding right from wrong, developing rules and boundaries and understanding the necessity of these within society.

Asking the Big Questions – Understanding big issues within religion and society and being able to communicate effectively and listen to others.

Implementation

Religious Education is taught once per week in Years 7-8. In Key stage 4 (Year 9 - Year 11) it is an options subject and no provision is currently made for students who do not study GCSE Religious Education. In Key Stage 5 Religious Studies is an options subject and no provision is currently made for students who do not study A-Level Religious Studies.

Learning is embedded and skills are taught over time within a series of lessons within a unit.

Impact

By the end of Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8) pupils will be familiar with the main religious traditions, including the origins and history of Christianity. They will be able to understand the concept of belief and the impact that it has in the world around them. Pupils will be able to describe a range of religious concepts, including worship, pilgrimage and the afterlife and will be able to explain the impact of these concepts on the lives of believers. Pupils will be able to evaluate the impact of rules and laws upon society and understand the impact of different religious duties that religious believers may choose to undertake. Pupils will develop confidence in their own judgements, demonstrating respect and an understanding and compassion for others as well as the ability to grapple with the big questions that span our lives.

By the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 9-11) pupils will develop a deeper understanding of the key beliefs within Christianity and Islam. They will be able to explain key religious practices and to demonstrate how these differ based on denomination. Pupils will be able to identify and explain key incidents within religious history.

Pupils will be able to confidently articulate their own opinions on a range of religious and ethical issues. They will also be able to demonstrate awareness and understanding of viewpoints different to their own and to demonstrate evaluation of these. In order to do this they will be able to analyse and evaluate religious and non-religious texts to support ideas around contemporary world issues such as abortion, euthanasia, crime and poverty.

By the end of Key Stage 5 (Years 12-14) pupils will develop a deep understanding of a range of philosophical, ethical and Christian concepts, understanding the development of ideas and arguments over a large period of time. They will be able to explain and evaluate how these ideas have impacted on modern-day thinkers and on modern-day society and will be able to use this to build coherent arguments around a range of philosophical and ethical topics. Pupils will be able to make judgements in a range of areas including creation, religious experience and sexual ethics. The will develop the skills to enable them to argue effectively whilst demonstrating an awareness and understanding of different scholars and viewpoints.

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KS5