Religious Education (RE)


Passion for RE

Students who study Religious Education at Standish Community High School will leave with a passion for exploring, discussing and challenging interpretations of religious ideals .The theologians from Standish will be edgy and controversial by refining their thoughts in a gritty and dynamic environment. Classroom debate and argument will be built around interactive teaching over our five year journey together.  Religious enquiry across the 5-year learning journey will equip students with the empathy skills and the confidence to challenge current worldviews. With discussion-based learning, students will achieve successfully at the end of KS4 in public examinations, opening the door to wider opportunities in an ever changing world.

Personal Development

Students will become critical thinkers in the tasks and problems that they are set, driven by real life situations filled with controversy, conflict and control.  Controversial topics such as abortion, capital punishment and war will challenge students’ moral compass and provide them with an explicit awareness of the importance of tolerance, mutual respect and diversity in society.  The drive to make students feel outstanding will be complimented by the provision of experiential learning through meditation and the use of artefacts to bring the curriculum to life. Through spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in RE, students will be able to see their role in a diverse British society and have the confidence to make the right choices for their future.

Broad and Deep Knowledge

Standish theologians will be challenged to develop and be critical of their own thinking. They will have a broad and balanced understanding of British laws, current affairs and controversial topics that will equip them with the confidence and ability to express well-grounded opinions.  Acquisition of knowledge will be crucial for students to be able to explore, imagine and discover new ideas that are different to their own and develop the resilience needed to argue and counter-argue a philosophical position. Deeper questions will challenge ideals on terrorism, British laws and on euthanasia. How religion is depicted in the media will also challenge students to reflect on the power of TV and emerging technologies.

Skills for the Future

The skills developed by Standish students will create confident individuals who are able develop their own personal viewpoints. These skills will enable our theologians to become fully functioning members of society in a diverse community in which they hold no stereotypes or prejudices. They will know that their opinion is valued and through transferable skills such as empathy and interpretation, which are embedded in the five-year learning journey, they will be able to weigh up different attitudes and world-views and decipher the right one for them.

Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education at Standish Community High School is delivered by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals, who realise the importance of this subject in enhancing students’ lives, and developing a wide range of transferable skills. We aim to encourage students to be reflective, thoughtful learners, who are appreciative of diversity, and at all times aim to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural experience.  Religious Education is taught to all year groups for one hour each week, and students are provided with the opportunity to complete a GCSE qualification in Religious Studies.

The information below offers a summary of the RE curriculum (Year 7-11), however, please follow the links to familiarise yourself with a timetabled overview, as well as detailed parental letters outlining the various topics to be covered. You are then able to see when units are to be delivered so that you can support your child throughout their studies in Religious Education.

Current Staff

Head of Subject: Mrs C. Jones (Years 7 to 11)

Teaching Staff:

  • Mrs S. Caldicott
  • Mrs C. Magleave

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 comprises of Year 7 and Year 8, set in form groups and the curriculum follows the Wigan Locally Agreed Syllabus.

Year 7

Year 7 begins with an introduction to RE and Religious Communities at SCHS and is very much geared towards students looking at their own experiences, beliefs and viewpoints. It then moves on to cover key aspects of the 3 Eastern Religions and then finishing off with a project linked to Christianity:

  • Sikhism
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity

These units build on students’ prior knowledge gained in primary school and enables an appreciation of the lesser known religions. Christianity, Judaism and Islam are then studied in greater depth in Year 8 (and Years 9 to 11 in the case of Christianity and Islam).

Year 8

Year 8 looks at a much more thematic approach, focussing on what it means to worship, festivals and celebrations and Ethics and Moral Issues. Christianity, Judaism and Islam will feature throughout the schemes of work to enhance students understanding of their beliefs and practices in preparation for the start of GCSE in Year 9. Your child will have the opportunity to further study religious and secular beliefs during the Architect Project in the Summer Term, where they are to design a 21st Century place of worship.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 comprises Year 9, 10 and 11 and this follows the Edexcel Religious Studies B GCSE Area of Study 1 Christianity and Area of Study 2 Islam. Your child will remain in the same set as English for the duration of their RE GCSE. Further details are also provided in the Year 9 Options Booklet, Year 9 Options Evening and Welcome to Key Stage 4 events.

Year 9

Year 9 begin the delivery of the 3 year GCSE course, which is delivered in a sensitive and supportive manner. Students enjoy the chance to learn about and debate “ultimate questions” and reflect on the key beliefs and practices of Christians and Muslims. Students will finish Year 9 with an in-depth knowledge of the two religions ready to look at more ethical and moral aspects in Year 10.

Year 10 and Year 11

Year 10 and Year 11 will continue the GCSE course and any examinations will be sat in the Summer Exam Season of Year 11. There is no controlled assessment or coursework in this subject. Students are therefore encouraged to prepare and revise thoroughly for all in-class assessments and mock examinations so that development of their revision and exam technique is ongoing.

It is clear that GCSE enables students at SCHS to be aware of the world in which they live and keep up to date with current affairs. It covers a great breadth of topics that are applicable to many other subject areas and link with many possible future jobs and careers.

Student Exercise Books

Please also be aware that there are a number of important documents in your child’s exercise book in RE. Each link below shows you an example.

Progress tracker – This enables you as a Parent/Guardian to be aware of your child’s progress, taking account of their level/grade achieved in each assessment and how this relates to their outstanding progress target (OPT).

Unit overviewThis outlines the topics covered and highlights what your child should know, understand and appreciate by the end of the unit. Please note that there is also a student review section and a section for parents to sign and comment.

Key vocabulary list – This gives the spelling and meaning of keywords that students are expected to use throughout the unit.

GCSE exam structure sheet – This is extremely important for GCSE students, particularly in the lead up to exams and assessments. They may also find it particularly useful for homework tasks too.

What makes an outstanding learner in RE? – This outlines an array of skills and qualities that we feel students should aspire to achieve in order to reach their maximum potential in Religious Education, including the development of spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of life, as well as their role as a citizen.

Exam Time

Your child will be supported in a variety of different ways:

  • Weekly after school revision sessions on the 8 GCSE units.
  • Revision guides provided for each unit covered.
  • Past paper question booklets.
  • Wednesday lunchtime study/homework group with Mrs C. Jones.
  • All resources and further web-links are provided on Moodle, the school’s virtual learning environment.
  • A team of approachable and dedicated teachers, willing to offer support both in and out of the classroom settings, should you or your child need any further guidance.

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