Religious Reflection

Aims of Religious Studies – At Monkwearmouth Academy the scheme for learning in RS has been informed by the 2014 Sunderland Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and the 2020 Durham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education at key stage 3 and GCSE Edexcel Religious Studies B is studied as an option subject in Key Stage 4.

This principle aims of Religious Education in the Academy are:

• To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
• To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and non-religious worldviews, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
• To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.

Appropriate to their age at the end of their education the expectation is that all pupils are religiously literate and as a minimum pupils are able to:
• Give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith.
Show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and non-religious worldviews in their search for God and meaning.
• Engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of other faiths and none.
• Reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions.
The Curriculum

All students in years 7-9 study a core Religion, Ethics and Philosophy programme. The programme comprises the teachings of a variety of religions and links to wider topics which broaden students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. It also encourages debate, discussion and tolerance and respect for others beliefs and views.

In years 10 and 11 students have the option of taking GCSE Religious Studies and they also have religious reflection within the Curriculum for Life.

For further information about our RE curriculum, please visit the RE subject page.

Wider Academy Life

The academy values and encourages students to become tolerant, responsible, active and successful members of their community, respecting diversity and developing personal, spiritual and moral values. These values play an integral part in the curriculum for life programme.

These values are underpinned by annual whole school events such as the whole school act of remembrance. These events also reflect the academy’s religious ethos.

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