RELIGIOUS AND VALUES EDUCATION

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Religion and belief have become more visible in public life locally, nationally and internationally. The rapid pace of development in scientific and medical technologies and the environmental debate continue to present new issues which raise religious, moral and social questions. This is the context in which children and young people are growing up,

DCSF, 2009

Religious Education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education by exploring challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God and the ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

In Religious and Values Education (RAVE) we aim to encourage students to develop accurate knowledge and understanding of a range of religious traditions and non-religious world views represented in modern British society and to reflect on their own values.  We do not promote any particular set of beliefs or values and students of all faiths and none enjoy lessons and achieve well. The subject fosters respect for difference in our students, a respect for British Values and a willingness to listen to views which differ from their own.  Students are also encouraged to think critically and develop their own, well-informed views on issues relevant to modern life.  Skills including literacy, oracy, enquiry and analysis are developed alongside a creative and aspirational approach to learning and the subject contributes extensively to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Religious Education is a statutory subject but is not part of the National Curriculum.  Instead, it is locally determined by Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education (SACRE).  At FHS, in line with Sefton SACRE’s Locally Agreed Syllabus, at Key Stage 3 students learn about four of the main faith traditions of the UK, together with non-religious world views, whilst exploring a range of social, moral and philosophical issues.

Topics studied are as follows:

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Key Stage 3 Curriculum

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Year 7

Year 8

  • The importance of prophets for Christians
  • Islam
  • Spirituality through the arts
  • Christian beliefs about good and evil
  • Philosophy – The problem of evil and suffering
  • Philosophy – Should happiness be the purpose of life?

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

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GCSE

All students are offered lessons throughout Years 7-10 in mixed ability classes and sit their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 10.   At GCSE, our students follow the AQA Specification A (non-textual studies) course, focusing on

Paper 1:  Religious beliefs, teachings and practices, focusing on Christianity and Islam

Paper 2 – Ethical themes of Relationships and Families; Religion and Life; Religion, Peace and Conflict and Religion, Crime and Punishment studied from religious and secular viewpoints.

The full specification can be found via the link below:

AQA GCSE Religious Studies

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A Level

Our Sixth Form students may go on to study the subject at A level.    Our A Level students work towards the Eduqas A level in Religious Studies, encompassing a study of Buddhism, Religious Ethics and Philosophy of Religion.

The full specification can be found via the link below:

A Level Religious Studies

A new programme of core Religious Education for Sixth Form is being developed for 2021-22, with a range of opportunities to explore spiritual, moral and philosophical questions.

Key Information

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Religious and Values Education Department

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Mrs A Wake

Curriculum Leader for RAVE

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Teachers of RAVE

Miss J Hill
Mr P Slater
Mrs J Weaver

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Contact Us

  • t:   01704 873100
  • e:  enquiries@formbyhighschool.com

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