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Religious Education

Religious Education Staff

Miss Butler – Head of RE, & Assistant Faculty Leader – Humanities
Miss Wolstenholme – Teacher of RE
Mrs Cooper – Teacher of RE

Our aim in Humanities is to seek to create critical learners who understand the human experience ready for wider society.

In the RE Department, we encourage pupils to critically explore a range of belief systems, moral issues and British values in a safe environment which demands respect from and for all.

Pupils will leave Fernwood School knowing about and understating a range of religions and ethical world views. They will be able to express their ideas and insights on the significant aspects of the human experiences which religions address. This will enable them to mature and develop morally as they gain a better understanding of their own and other’s belief systems, allowing them to develop the skills needed to make a positive impact in wider society.

In KS3 pupils will study religion and worldviews through three distinct “strands” – Cognition, Expression and Engagement. They will learn about Sikhism, Hinduism, the life and death of Jesus, Islam, Old Testament Christianity and consider bigger questions of why people believe in God. Pupils will consider the different beliefs and practices within religions and express their own opinions thoughtfully and respectfully.

In KS4 traditionally starts in Y9 with pupils currently following the Edexcel Religious Studies GCSE. Pupils will focus on Religion, Peace and Conflict within Islam and Religion and Ethics within Christianity. Throughout the GCSE course, students will also be required to consider and understand non-religious viewpoints and opinions on moral topics such as abortion, animal testing and use of weapons of mass destruction.

Below is table showing the main topics covered and where they appear in the academic year.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 9 Christian Beliefs Muslim Beliefs Christian views on Marriage and the Family
Year 10 Living the Muslim Life Living the Christian Life Peace and Conflict within Islam
Year 11 Christians views on Life and Death Crime and Punishment within Islam


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