Religious Education

Key Stage 4

Religious Education

Why is the study of Religious Education important? 


Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human culture, informing history, politics, economics, art, and literature. Religious Education is a diverse and contemporary subject and issues of religion and belief frequently appear in the news, and studying Religious Education helps make sense of them.

Religious Education is concerned with the deep meaning that individuals and groups make of their experiences and how this helps them give purpose to their lives. It provides opportunities to explore, make and respond to the meanings of those experiences in relation to the beliefs and experiences of others as well as to one’s own experiences.

The subject is relevant and important for the students of Sirius Academy West as it allows them to understand the views and opinions of people whose views and attitudes differ from their own. It also allows the young people within the academy to understand their local communicate and the diverse and ever changing community of Hull in which they live. Religious Education provides space for students to reflect on their own ideas and develop their thoughts about questions of meaning and ethics, which they can relate to their everyday lives and the lives of others within Hull, the UK or further afield.

Religious Education is also important as it allows us to ask ‘big questions’ and explore traditions, ways of life and topics within our world. It enables students to consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development, the development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life.

  • What will the study of Religious Education teach you?

    Religious Education has two main aims; to make the student’s successful learners and confident individuals. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study as well as developing life skills.

    Some of the skills that will be developed are:

    • Interpret a range of sources.
    • Develop written and verbal arguments on controversial issues and ‘big questions’.
    • Solve problems
    • Evaluate views and opinions
    • Write strong arguments and use evidence to convince others
    • Research skills
    • Group work
  • How is the curriculum implemented? 

    Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision and aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves. The Religious Education curriculum at Sirius Academy West is engaging and relevant and every student no matter their starting point all are challenged and supported.

    Our curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.

    We pride ourselves on quality first teaching with a strong team of staff who aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum where all students can access the content and have the opportunity to succeed.

  • How can Religious Education support your future?

    The range of skills developed from studying Religious Education at Key GCSE are relevant to almost any job or workplace. The study of Religious Education develops a wide range of transferable skills such as explanation, analysis, evaluation and tolerance all of which are highly regarded by colleges, universities and employers.

    Examples of jobs that complement the study of Religious Education are:

    • Politics
    • Law
    • Advice worker
    • Archivist
    • Charity officer
    • Civil Service administrator
    • Community development worker
    • Editorial assistant
    • Newspaper journalist
    • Social worker

Student Testimonial

RE is an interesting subject and I have enjoyed hearing different beliefs about issues. I have also enjoyed being challenged with questions about controversial topics such as abortion and animal testing and weighing up arguments to discover what I believe about things.

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