RE is a subject for pupils of all faiths and none at all. Regardless of belief, creed or background, every student at West Lakes is challenged and encouraged to reflect upon their beliefs, identify their values, examine their identity and form their own view of what it is to be a citizen of the world. Religious education poses challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings,practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. RE encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to analyse and evaluate issues of truth, values, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
It helps pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging; to flourish individually and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community, promoting inclusion and combating prejudice.
RE helps prepare pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning by promoting respect for and sensitivity to those whose beliefs are different from their own.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 – Our new students will focus on the skills of learning about and from the 6 main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. One theme every half-term is explored: Identity (Who we are and what makes us unique), A non religious approach –Humanism, Belonging (What it means to be a faith community), Discovery (The life of Jesus), Commitment (Rites of Passage), Celebration (Festivals) and Reflection (How does faith lead to action?).
Year 8 – Students will expand upon their previous learning and tackle six new themes relating to the effect of religious and cultural action upon the world: Believing (Aspects of faith), Authority (being a good moral leader), Spirituality (what it is to experience the divine), Community (a critical look at modern Islam), Responsibility (what our role in the world is) and Enlightenment —a full 6-week project of the pupils’ own choosing.
Key Stage 4
Students study religion philosophy and ethics.
Religion and Life includes themes such as religious belief and experience, arguments for and against the existence of God, marriage and the family, matters of life and death and community cohesion.
Religion and Society tackles rights and responsibilities, environmentalism, peace and conflict and crime and punishment.
We are offering students in our sixth form the option of studying AQA A Level Philosophy.