Our aim is to provide an interesting curriculum that introduces students to relevant issues in religion, philosophy and ethics. We will cover a diverse range of religious beliefs and philosophical approaches to benefit our students’ personal development and awareness of significant issues in modern society. We promote SMSC development across our schemes of work. British values are explored and the importance of respecting the views of others is prioritised.
We want our students to enjoy their learning and to encourage them to have an open mind in understanding and appreciating different world views as well as communicating themselves efficiently. We want our students to be reflective and critically evaluate their own viewpoints in order to foster a full awareness of self and the importance of engaging with others especially when differences are discovered.
Welcome to the Religious Education department at the Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre.
RE at the Burgate School follows the locally agreed syllabus, ‘Living Difference’. Students have opportunities to learn about living faiths and how people following different beliefs actually live them out. In doing this students will appreciate how and why people live differently from each other.
We aim to encourage students to:
have REspect for other people’s ideas
interpREt art, history, politics - religion affects them all
REspond to religion in their own way
REsearch what other people believe and why
expREss their own opinions and beliefs and share them with others
search for the sacREd side of life
We support students in the development of their own values and principles and in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
During Year 7 anad 8 students learn systematically and critically about religion and belief, covering Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Students also learn about modern issues that permeate our world, considering how people of faith and none respond to them.
The course is divided into two topic areas:
Thematic Studies (Philosophy and Ethics):
The Study of Religions:
Each topic equates to 50% of the total GCSE marks and has a 1 hour 45 minutes written exam.
The course is divided into three topic areas:
Students study philosophical language and thought, and issues and questions raised by belief:
Students explore key concepts and the works of influential thinkers, ethical theories and their application:
Each component equates to 33% of the total mark and has a 2 hour written exam.