Religious Education (RE) makes a significant contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development. It also plays a key role in promoting social cohesion and the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society.
The focus of all RE at Finch Woods Academy is to present factual knowledge about people and groups with beliefs. We then look at how those beliefs influence people’s everyday lives in their home, work/school and community setting. Finally we then look at how people with different beliefs can work together for the benefit of all in society.
Religious education should make a major contribution to the education of children and young people. Teaching of RE at Finch Woods Academy aims to be intellectually challenging and personally enriching. Its aim is to attempt help our young people develop beliefs and values of their own, and promotes the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society We aim to encourage debate and reasoned argument, in place of yes and no responses. The aim is to see that one issue may have many nuanced positions depending on your personal, cultural, or community background. The aim is to see that a person’s view may not be formed solely by their religious belief. RE teaching at Finch Woods Academy aims to give pupils a sense of the place of religion and belief in their local community, the UK and the world as a whole in the modern world.
Finch Woods Academy places the philosophy outlined by OFSTED at the centre of its teaching of Religious Education. The curriculum is fully compliant with DFE (Department for Education) and SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) guidelines in the teaching of RE in a non-denominational state school.
To do this the teaching covers the major religions which are present worldwide, nationally and locally:
The teaching also refers to Humanism. Animism (aboriginal Beliefs) Paganism and the views of people who profess to have no faith.
Programme of study
There are 3 themes over the Key Stage 3
Year 7: Changing The World: Belief, teachings and sources
Year 8: Making My Mark: Practices and ways of life.
Year 9: Express Myself: Expressing meaning in Modern Living
In KS4, while the same topic areas are covered as in KS3, there is a greater appreciation of how the topics relate to one another.
Pupils study topics discretely and then in conjunction in order to secure a strong understanding and enable them to apply their knowledge to problem solving involving multiple topic areas in preparation for GCSE exams.