Head of Department: Miss P Osei
The Religious Education Department at de Stafford is a dynamic and forward thinking department with a full time head of subject and classroom teacher. We seek to ensure that the teaching and learning in Religious Education is as rigorous and relevant to our students as it should be. It is ever more important that RE is taught effectively as the UK becomes increasingly multi-cultural.
We continually update our schemes of work in line with the Surrey Locally Agreed Syllabus, by using Student Voice surveys so we are teaching our students issues that they will find relevant, engaging and challenging. Key Stage 3 thoroughly grounds students in not only the major world religions, but also in the bigger questions in life; such as life after death, terrorism, fashion, reality, moral issues, science and faith and ethics. Students are assessed through a variety of methods including an essay each year to support extended writing. All students are encouraged to participate fully with the subject through using a variety of activities, SEN provision and fostering a safe learning environment where all views are learnt from and respected.
Students begin the Autumn term looking at Hinduism, they explore the Key concepts such as imagery and symbolism surrounding Hindu gods and look at the importance of the Festival of Diwali.
During the Spring term, students will be looking at Christianity. There is a specific focus on the differences and similarities within Christianity. Students then get the opportunity to apply their knowledge to the construction of their own church, where their imagination is their only limit.
During the summer term students explore Sikhism and the importance of equality this ties together the previous two terms as we explore the concept of equality across the religions.
During Year 8 students explore the concept of Life after death, we investigate the differing religious perspectives, following this we go onto look at the Moral issue of Terrorism and the consequences this has within society. Students are taken through the History of Terrorism starting with the Russian Revolution and analysing terrorism in the current climate. We then look specifically at the efforts of religions.
We conclude with Buddhism an adventure into ‘enlightenment.
During Year 9 students get the opportunity to grapple with intense moral issues and explore them from an array of religious perspectives. Students will be grappling with the Moral issue of Abortion, Genetic engineering and IVF to name a view
Key Stage 4
During Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA Religious Studies B, Short Course
Looking at Christian and Muslim perspectives on the following topics:
Religion and early life
Religious attitudes to the elderly and death
Religious attitudes to crime and punishment
Religious attitudes to world poverty
Religious attitudes to drug abuse
Religion and animal rights
Religion War and Peace
Religion and planet Earth
Throughout the GCSE students are faced with hard hitting moral issues the course is designed to stimulate and challenge students.it provides them with a platform to structure their opinions and grow as global .The skills taught and the knowledge gained will have far reaching implications for students beyond GCSE.