Religious Education

At Wyvern Academy we are very proud of the contribution Religious Education makes to a student’s broad and balanced education in enriching learning and enhancing student awareness.

WHY TAKE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION?
– Provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right     and wrong, and what it means to be human.
– Encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the         light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on       personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
– Enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their       communities and as citizens in a diverse society
– Teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and         helps to challenge prejudice
– Prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they     might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and         compassion.

At Key Stage 3 RE is taught according to Darlington Agreed Syllabus. Key Stage 3 RE is covered in Y7 and Y8 at Wyvern Academy. The main focus is on Christianity but pupils are taught about all World faiths including: Islam; Judaism; Hinduism; Sikhism and Buddhism.

Year 7 Topics:
– What is Religion?
– Exploring Human Values – What does Justice mean to Christians?
– Is religion still relevant in the 21st Century?
– NATRE Art in Heaven Competition

Year 8 Topics:
– Moral dilemmas – Is it ever tight to do wrong
– What does it mean to live as a Muslim in Britain today?
– How do Jews show commitment to their identity?
– Community cohesion
– How similar are Christianity, Judaism and Islam?
– Year 9, 10 and 11 follow the Full Course GCSE AQA Specification A.

Year 9
– Students should be aware that Christianity is one of the diverse religious traditions and beliefs in – — Great Britain today and that the main religious tradition in Great Britain is Christianity.
– Beliefs and teachings: God and beliefs about afterlife
– Beliefs and teachings: Jesus Christ and salvation
– Practices: Worship and festivals
– Practices: The role of the church in the local and worldwide community

Year 10
– Students should be aware that Islam is one of the diverse religious traditions and beliefs in Great – — Britain today.
– Beliefs and teachings: God and beliefs about afterlife
– Beliefs and teachings: Authority (Prophethood and the holy books)
– Practices: The 5 Pillars of Islam
– Practices; Duties and festivals

Year 11
– This unit requires students to study religious, philosophical and ethical studies. This will be based on     both Christianity and Islam.
– Relationships and families
– Religion and life
– Religion, peace and conflict
– Religion, crime and punishment
– External Exam in Year 11: Students will have 2 exams which are 1 hour and 45 minutes each.