The emphasis of the department is on teaching Religious Studies as an academic subject and a high standard of work is expected from pupils. We aim to engender a spirit of enquiry and interest in our pupils rather than fostering any particular religious standpoint. RE will reflect three key aims. First, it will include a study of the key beliefs and practices of religions and other world views, including those represented in Leeds. Secondly, it will provide opportunities to explore key religious concepts and common human questions of meaning, purpose and value, often called ‘ultimate’ questions. Thirdly, it will enable pupils to investigate how beliefs affect moral decisions and identity, exploring both diversity and shared human values.
A considerable amount of teaching time is given to learning about world faiths although we place a greater emphasis upon the teaching of Christianity as religious tradition in Great Britain.
The department seeks to deliver the teaching of Religious Studies within an environment of inclusive, mutual respect for all viewpoints and objectivity. The subject is made accessible to students of all backgrounds and abilities.
We hope upon leaving us our pupils may be considered religiously educated. They will have developed an awareness and understanding of a variety of religions and cultures which will help them becoming tolerant, empathetic and well- rounded members of society. Additionally they will gain a sound knowledge of religion and an understanding of religious practice and beliefs. They will have begun to recognise the spiritual dimension of life and will probably be seeking answers to fundamental questions of life.
How is the course assessed?
Year 7 and 8 will have an assessment 3 times a year which will be given a grade and feedback.
Homework and learning outside of the classroom
Celebration of Festivals and Faith showcase