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Falinge Park High School

Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential

Religious Education (RE)

Ms E Clark – Head of Religious Education

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.” 

– Martin Luther King Jnr

Compelling Learning in Religious Education

The study of different religions allows pupils at Falinge Park High School to ask questions about their own beliefs about God and the beliefs of others who live locally in Rochdale, nationally and globally including the influences religious beliefs can have on them individually, on communities and groups.

Pupils are given opportunities for deeper reflection and critically analyse to discover what is important to them, consider issues of right and wrong and importantly to develop respect and sensitivity for diversity in our communities.

Religious teachings and practices are taught in a way which ‘encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging’.

Curriculum

Year 7
The Communities we live in

Enquiry 1: Religion in our local area.
An investigation into the different religions practised in our local area, and explore the impact that religion can have on belonging and identity.

Enquiry 2: How should I treat my neighbour?
Exploration of religious responses to different types of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination including racial discrimination, disability discrimination and hate crime. Pupils analyse how they can put these teachings into action to support members of our local community, and further afield.

Year 8
What does my neighbour believe?

Enquiry 1: Religion in the world.
An investigation into the lesser-known and alternative religions that are practised around the world such as, Amish, Rastafarianism and Scientology to explore the impact that religion can have on belonging and identity.

Enquiry 2: What happens when we die?
An investigation into different religious beliefs about death rituals, and beliefs about the afterlife and how these can affect a religious believer’s life and actions.

Year 9
GCSE Religious Studies – AQA (A) from 2016

Crime and Punishment
Pupils study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues such as the effectiveness of punishments, the use of the death penalty, and the importance of forgiveness and their impact and influence in the modern world. They investigate religious responses from Islam and Christianity to these issues.

Year 10
GCSE Religious Studies – AQA (A) from 2016
Religion and Life

Pupils study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues such as global warming, animal rights and abortion, and their impact and influence in the modern world. They investigate religious responses from Islam and Christianity to these issues.

Year 11
GCSE Religious Studies – Edexcel (units 1 and 8) from 2012

Religion: Environmental and Medical Issues

Pupils study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues such as global warming, organ donation and fertility treatments, and their impact and influence in the modern world. They investigate religious responses from Islam and Christianity to these issues.

Enrichment
  • We feel passionately, that in order to learn about different religions and to respect their place in our lives we need to experience them.  
  • We currently have a cohort of pupils who are studying for an extra-curricular qualification; The Archbishop of York Award which encourages pupils to be the change in the world they want to see.
  • We take pupils on ‘faith trails’ and are planning a visit to Manchester Cathedral, The Muslim Youth Foundation and the Manchester Jewish Museum to see faith in action.
  • We have a weekly meeting of ‘Urban Faith’ where our neighbours from Open Door Church visit and hold discussions and debates about current affairs topics, act out random acts of kindness and play games with pupils.
  • We are planning a ‘Big Questions’ event where pupils can put their own questions to faith leaders and other leaders from the local area.
  • Yearly, we mark FairTrade fortnight, and we have been awarded with FairTrade status as recognition for the hard work in this area.
  • Study support sessions are available with the team for Year 11 GCSE pupils.

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