Religious Studies


Federation Faculty Lead – Nick Binfield

Intent

Religious Education at The Isle of Wight Education Federation – asking the big questions you were afraid to ask!

Never has Religious Education been more important – just look at the news and the world around you!

The Isle of Wight Education Federation follows the Living Difference III Hampshire agreed Syllabus, a popular and exciting syllabus that allows the student to explore important and relevant concepts such as ‘identity’, ‘suffering’, ‘peace’ and ‘punishment’ at first from their perspective and then expanded to a religious/spiritual perspective.

The main purpose of RE at The Isle of Wight Education Federation  is to introduce children and young people to what a religious way of looking at and existing in the world may offer in leading one’s life, individually and within society. We recognise and acknowledges that the question as to what it means to lead one’s life with a faith can be answered in a number of different ways. These include the idea that to live a religious life means to subscribe to certain beliefs; the idea that to live a religious life means to adhere to certain practices; and the idea that to live a religious life is characterised by a particular way of interacting with the world: with a particular kind of awareness of and faith in the world and in other human beings.

Studying RE will encourage the student to challenge pre-existing ideas and beliefs, to learn to justify their opinions and to develop the skills that enable them to tackle ‘Big Questions’ with confidence, courage and integrity. Watch out, they may bring some of these questions home!

Implementation

The RE department at The Isle of Wight Education Federation  is committed to producing broad minded, confident and respectful thinkers. The one hour a fortnight at KS3 will equip the learners to go to other subjects and seek connections to the wider world and to use their transferrable thinking skills in other classrooms.

RE shall be delivered as a discreet lesson and will cover: discussion, written work, short films, Philosophy for Children activities, reasoning tasks and group/peer work.

The main religion studied will be Christianity as it reflects the Christian nature of the UK, Islam as it is the second largest religion in the World and Buddhism as it offers an interesting and engaging contrast to the two Abrahamic faiths. There will also be opportunities to discuss other faiths and secular (e.g. Humanism) beliefs.

In Year 9, students will be given the option to choose to study RE at GCSE, where we delve deeper in the Christian and Buddhist traditions and get our teeth into more gritty topics such life after death, abortion, relationships and the existence of God. We follow the EDUQAS syllabus which is notable for its academic rigour and interesting conceptual approach.

Students will then also be invited to study Philosophy at A level or RE at A Level. No GCSE is needed for these topics, just a thirst for knowledge and an open mind!