Religious Education is the education of young people about religion. Through experience of learning about and learning from religion, we hope to help the pupils of Scissett Middle School to learn how the lives of believers are affected by religion, faith and spiritual experience, what happens in their homes, inside their meeting places and how they put their faith into practice.
Our aims for RE are to help our pupils:
Because RE is outside the National Curriculum, our school's RE curriculum is based on the requirements of the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus for RE. We study the following faiths, in line with the requirements of the syllabus and as a result of agreement with our local pyramid of schools:
During Key Stage 3 pupils should extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views, recognising their local, national and global context.
In Year 7 pupils look at an introduction to Buddhism, focussing on “How can art be spiritual?” and then study Islam through “Who is my neighbour?”.
In Year 8 they extend their study to include Hinduism, looking at the concept of "One god or many?". This also covers the work of Gandhi.
We will also look at "Why beliefs are important" and look at the idea of justice focussing on the life of Martin Luther King.
RE at Scissett Middle School contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. Our pupils are encouraged to develop awareness of the fundamental questions of life, to respond to such questions in the light of their own experience and with reference to religious teachings and practices, and to reflect on their own values and experiences in the light of the RE curriculum. We encourage pupils not only to learn about religion by developing knowledge and understanding, but to learn from religion by developing their attitudes and values.
We spend approximately 1 hour of the school curriculum time teaching RE, although links are made with other areas of the curriculum - for example, through literacy, Citizenship, History and the Arts. These links are indicated in the scheme of work and again in teachers' planning.
Whilst we encourage all pupils to participate in RE we recognise the right of parents to withdraw their children from RE if they so wish. In those circumstances, we would offer an alternative curriculum in a properly supervised environment.
Within the RE department we adhere to the guidance set out in the 2002 Education Act.
In particular, the guidance emphasises that pupils should be encouraged to understand that "while different people may hold different views about what is right and wrong, all people living in England are subject to its law".
Schools' ethos and teaching "should support the rule of English civil and criminal law and schools should not teach anything that undermines it".
The guidance urges schools to take particular care to ensure pupils understand the difference between the law of the land and religious law.
They should "challenge" opinions or behaviour in school that is contrary to fundamental British values, it adds.
Here at Scissett Middle, the RE department actively promote all 5 aspects of British Values but make particular reference to Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths.