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Religious Education

“Science gives man knowledge which is power, religion gives man wisdom which is control.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

At Finch Woods Academy we provide our pupils with an enriching Religious Education curriculum that supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development within the world around them. We celebrate individuality; teaching children about other faiths and building skills of tolerance, acceptance and respect for themselves and others. 

Religious Education helps children and young people become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. It gives them the knowledge, skills and understanding to discern and value truth and goodness; strengthening their capacity for making moral judgements and for evaluating different types of commitment to make positive and healthy choices.

 

Our Religious Education curriculum aims to:

  • develop an appreciation for the multicultural society we live in;
  • develop an understanding of key beliefs and teachings of world religions;
  • grow our knowledge of different religious practices;
  • identify differences between faiths, describing their beliefs and practices;
  • reinforce British Values which include mutual respect, the rule of law, democracy and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs;
  • explore humanity’s responsibility towards the environment and how we treat our planet.

Merseyside has a rich heritage of being a diverse and tolerant community, with people of all religions and those with none, living together. Here at Finch Woods Academy, we aim to create a culture of inclusivity where children feel safe to express themselves and grow to become respectful citizens. We provide opportunities for our young people to explore their own, and other people’s beliefs, values and traditions. Giving our young people the opportunity to challenge racism, discrimination and stereotypical views, we encourage respect and tolerance of others.

All students in KS3 study elements of Christianity and Buddhism as well as cross-religion topics such as life after death, and different beliefs about religion and life, with a focus on world issues and how both religious and non-religious people respond to them.

 

The topics are structured around the three core elements of:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Critical thinking
  • Personal reflection

At key stage 4, we consider the beliefs and practices of two religions; Christianity, and Buddhism or Judaism. We approach ethical issues, such as war and conflict, medical ethics and different teachings about life. Whilst studying these major world issues, students are encouraged to consider both religious and non-religious views as well as formulating supporting reasons for their own views.

At Finch Woods Academy, the Religious Education curriculum enables pupils to become respectful and sensitive thinkers, who are able to consider real world issues. Pupils are able to formulate their own beliefs and ethics and express them appropriately, while appreciating the diversity of the beliefs in the world around them.