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Religious Education at The Deanery aims to ensure that all students become religiously literate and will give them the tools so that they may ‘live life in its fullness’ (John 10:10).  

The Religious Education curriculum is diverse and engaging, and will give students the opportunity to explore and reflect upon different religions and worldviews, as well as encouraging an exploration of their own spirituality and beliefs.  Religious Education at The Deanery will give students a safe place in which to ponder, discuss, debate and evaluate big life questions, as well as introduce them to the skills and methods required to question and evaluate the world around them.  

Religious Education at The Deanery will comprise of three academic disciplines: Theology, Philosophy and Human/Social Science.  

The Church of England Education Office document: ‘a conversation about balance – key principles’ (March 2018) states that a three-discipline approach to Religious Education will provide a balanced and well-rounded Religious Education, which will help children and young people to “hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and belief”, and this is the approach we will be using. 

The KS3 curriculum will interweave these disciplines, which will provide our students with an engaging, relevant and challenging approach to Religious Education.  Each unit will address a big question, such as ‘should Christians be greener than everyone else?’ (Year 7, term 3) and allow students to explore the ethical and moral questions raised, as well as delving into the history and Theology from which current religious beliefs have grown.  Students will also study how religious beliefs and other worldviews are put into practice in the lives of believers and non-believers alike.  Students will engage with topics that are relevant to their lives, and empower them with the education and skills needed to become good citizens of our world.  RELIGIOUS EDUCATION will contribute to the character development of all our students and will encourage them to develop spiritually and to work with each other to build a community of shared values and one which enables individuals to become ‘fully alive’ (Irenaeus).   

Religious Education at The Deanery will also provide students with opportunities to engage with ‘beautiful things’ (Mary Myatt, 2019).  As part of our commitment as a school to be inclusive and distinct, the RELIGIOUS EDUCATION department will seek to provide our students with experiences such as: extra-curricular activities, visits to places of worship outside of Christianity, visitors from various communities, as well as other activities to further enhance their experience whilst with us.  All God’s children are precious and will be treated as such, with equal opportunities to flourish and fulfil their potential.  

The Deanery RELIGIOUS EDUCATION department aims and objectives are:

  1. To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
  2. To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the worldviews and religions studied.
  3. To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
  4. To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individual and societies in different times, cultures and places.
  5. To explore students own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways of living, believing and thinking.

 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

God - If God is Trinity, what does this mean for Christians?

 

What is good/challenging about being a teenage Sikh/Muslim in Britain today?

 

Creation - Should Christians be greener than everyone else?

 

History of Christianity

 

Do we need to prove God’s existence

 

Is religion a power for peace or a cause of conflict?

Term 2

People of God – Does the world need prophets today?

 

What difference does it make to believe in…?

Incarnation – Why do Christians believe Jesus is God on earth?

 

Should happiness be the purpose of life?

 

The fall – Why are people good and bad?

 

Salvation

Term 3

Religious Expression through Art and Music

 

Should religious buildings be sold to feed the starving?

 

Does religion help people to be good?

 

Gospel - What is so radical about Jesus?

Is death the end?  Does it matter?

 

Wisdom – What do we do when life gets hard>

 

Enrichment

The enrichment programme at The Deanery Academy offers students a chance to further explore and strengthen their knowledge within a variety of disciplines, Religious Education included.  So far, the RE department has offered:

  • Religion, Ethics & Philosophy through film - a chance for students to look deeper into some of the religious background, ethics and philosophical thinking behind some of the best blockbusters.  So far, we have watched: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe; Coco; The Prince of Egypt and The Lion King.  Students have enjoyed engaging with the story of Moses and how this is mirrored in the story of The Lion King.  We've also encountered the Mexican festival of Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) through Coco; and delved deeper into the concept of sacrifice and salvation through C S Lewis' classic and how this is mirrored in the Christian story.

  • Theologians 101- this was a new offering in term 3 and will also be offered throughout the year.  This is an opportunity for students to focus on and study particular Bible stories and passages, to explore the meaning and significance of these for Christians and to discuss the questions that arise.  This is a great enrichment choice for any budding theologians who wish to further their knowledge of Christianity, and how it developed, through scriptural study.

  • Choir - Although not strictly an RE enrichment, choir has been very successful - particularly at Christmas.  We selected our favourite carols and performed these in assemblies and services, as well as performing for residents of a local care home.  This was truly an eye-opening and humbling experience for our choir.  We have also welcomed a Ugandan choir into school, where the DCEA choir was taught some traditional Ugandan songs and performed these for the rest of the school.

Knowledge Organisers

Year 7 Knowledge Organisers

Year 8 Knowledge Organisers (to follow)

Year 9 Knowledge Organisers (to follow)

 

Key resources and websites

BBC Bitesize Revision 1

BBC Bitesize Revision 2

Truetube

Education Quizzes