Religion, Society and Wellbeing

Three Big Themes

Religion, Society and Wellbeing brings together three areas of the national curriculum that all explore the idea of community; the many groups we connect with to find belonging, meaning and identity. Consequently, we explore three overarching themes dealing life’s big questions:

1. Religion (RE)

Stories influence our hearts and minds and shape our society! So what are the religious and non-religious stories that frame the way we look at life, express ourselves as individuals, groups and communities and respond to the many challenges and issues we face? What does it mean to live and good and life what wisdom do we draw upon to help us make ethical decisions?

2. Society (Citizenship)

At the heart of wellbeing is connection with others! But what do we need to know and what do we need to do to be able to participate effectively within our communities and make our contributions to them. What can we do to improve the things we want to change?

3. Wellbeing (PSHE)

To have good wellbeing is to flourish and thrive! But what do we consider the ‘good’ life to be? What is my story and how am I preparing for the next chapter? Do our communities help us to thrive as individuals and what risks do we need to manage to stay healthy and connected?

Provision

All three of these themes are explored across Key Stage 3 and 4 through 1 hour a week of dedicated curriculum time through Religion, Society and Values. This is taught in way that recognises and explores the interconnected nature of these themes to give a more holistic approach which explore key concepts, develop core skills and build character. We also work very closely with the Science team to deliver an additional hour a week in Year 8 dedicated completely to ‘Wellbeing’ and exploring the three key strands of PSHE – being healthy, relationships and living in the wider world. Finally for students who want to deepen and further their interest in the subject area we offer KS4 option courses in GCSE Religious Studies and BTEC Health and Social Care, both of which have the concept of community at the their heart.

Informed, responsible, healthy and connected citizens

The breadth and depth of our provision as a department, all comes down to our core purpose:

“Empowering all students to become informed, responsible, healthy and connected citizens who actively listen, clearly express, respectfully challenge and respond confidently to the challenges we face in our communities with compassion, courage and creativity.”

So yes… the subject area is about exploring concepts to do with RE, Citizenship and PSHE and developing key skills such as critical awareness, clarity of thought and strong communication skills. But, just as important, is the character it seeks to instil: the compassion to respond; the courage to challenge; and the creativity to find solutions, create plans and deliver change.

Authentic Social Action & Fundamental British Values

We believe in giving all students the opportunity to express their voice democratically in school council elections and national youth consultations. We encourage them to exercise their personal freedom to campaign and lobby on the issues they have voted for or raised. Many students will also contribute to authentic social action projects in the school and the local community which some students will also step forward to lead. This approach doesn’t just teach students about their shared values, it gives them chance to experience them, exercise them and cascade these experiences with other students to support student led action and promote a more inclusive, cohesive and active participation within school and the local area.

Key Stage 3


Year 7
RSWV
Introducing world religions

1. World Religions - What religions have shaped the communities we live in?
2. Festivals - What festivals do people in our school and local community celebrate and why?
3. Ultimate Questions - What are the big questions that are common to all groups and communities?
4. Introducing Citizenship - What do we need to know and do to connect with our communities and change them for the better?
Year 8 RSWExploring hearts and minds

1. Exploring Judaism
What does it mean to be Jewish in modern Britain?
2. Exploring evil & suffering
How do people respond to evil and suffering?
3. Exploring Christianity
What does it mean to be a Christian in modern Britain?
4. Exploring relationships
What does Christianity teach believers about marriage and family life?
5. Exploring Islam
What does it mean to be a Muslim in modern Britain?
6. Exploring Crime & Justice
What does Judaism or Islam teach believers about crime and punishment?
Year 8
Wellbeing
Being Healthy
Social drugs, illegal drugs and managing risks
2. Relationships
Friends, family, managing change and being kind to your mind (mental health)
3. Living in the wider world
Money matters, e-safety and first aid skills
Year 9 RSWMaking ethical choices

1. Wisdom in Christianity
How do Christians make moral & ethical decisions?
2. Matters of life and Death
How do Christians and non-religious people respond to issues to do with life and death such as abortion, euthanasia and our origins?
3. Wisdom in Islam
How do Muslims make moral & ethical decisions?
4. Peace and Conflict
How do Muslims and non-religious people respond to issues to do with peace and conflict?

Key Stage 4

Religion, Society and Wellbeing (Non-examined)

In year 10 and 11 all students receive 1 hour a week of statutory provision. This is a popular course because it gives students the opportunity to explore the relevant skills they need for life and gives them the opportunity to reflect upon and prepare for their journey on to a post 16 pathway.

Year 10

Theme 1 Wellbeing1. Relationships
What are the risks associated with sex and the challenges of parenting?
2. Being Healthy
What is health and wellbeing and what risks do we need to manage post 16?
How do we manage our mental health?
3. Living in the Wider World
What is digital citizenship and how do we manage our finances?
Theme 2 Citizenship4. Identity & Diversity
Why are we so culturally diverse and what cultural traditions and values bring our communities together?
5. Fairness & Justice
How does the criminal justice system work and what are human rights?
6. Be the Change!
How are we governed and how can I be the change I want to see in society?
Year 11
Religion Society & Wellbeing 1. Preparing my personal statement
What is my story and how do I tell it to the people who I need to impress in order to write the next chapter?
2. Preparing for my mock interview
How I make a positive impression and present myself to recruiters professionally? How do I talk calmly, clearly and confidently about myself?
3. Preparing my CV and pathway
How do I prepare a CV for recruiters and local businesses and what support is out there to help me choose appropriate pathways and prepare for the future?
4. Preparing for my exams
Are you physically, mentally, socially and academically prepared for the final stretch? Are you in a GCSE mindset?
5. Structured or independent revision
Is your why bigger than your how? Is your how a smart way of doing it?

GCSE Religious Studies (2 Papers)

In year 10 and 11 students can also choose to pick GCSE Religious Studies as an option choice and many do in order to deepen their interest in how beliefs influence practices and how people from the same faith traditions can still make very different ethical choices to life’s challenging issues.

Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies Year 11 GCSE Religious Studies

Paper 1 (1hr 45): Christianity

  • 1. Christian Beliefs
  • 2. Marriage and Family
  • 3. Living the Christian Life
  • 4. Matters of life and death

Paper 2 (1hr 45): Judaism

  • 1. Jewish Beliefs
  • 2. Crime and Punishment
  • 3. Living the Jewish life
  • 4. War and Peace
BTEC Health and Social Care

We have recently introduced to the curriculum, a BTEC in Health and Social Care. So if you would like to know more information please speak to Mr Webster.