Religious Education

Students at Morton Academy have one hour a week of Religious Education in Key Stage 3.

Religious Education is a combined blend of experiential learning, developing key skills such as analysis and investigation and the guidance given by the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus and SACRE. We believe that it is important to expose students to the lives, beliefs and cultures of others in order to enable them to learn about, and learn from, other people. Our students are encouraged to develop their own views and to express them respectfully while learning about different attitudes to world issues from religious and non-religious points of view.

Who works in the RE Department?

- Mrs Lynn Sunman - Head of Department

- Mrs Rigg - Assistant Principal and Teacher of RE

- Miss Wilkinson - Teacher of RE and Music

- Miss Cuthbert - Teacher of RE and Performing Arts

Key Stage 3 Ethics

In Year 7, we begin our students journey through Religious Education by completing a Transition unit looking at what it means to belong and the experience of living in multi-cultural Britain. Students are able to investigate a range of beliefs and opinions before developing their own ideas and opinions.  We will then consider the importance of looking after our planet and the views of different religious traditions. Students will investigate the question about who Jesus was and what his influence is on the lives of modern day Christians, the role of the Church in society and Christian led charities. Students will have an introduction to Buddhism, as the second largest religious group found in Cumbria, we will focus on the teaching of the Buddha and how many non-Buddhists use meditation techniques

In Year 8, we will examine the different religious perspectives about God and think about the reasons why some people do not believe. We will also delve further into the beliefs and practices of the Christian Church. In terms 2 students will complete a detailed study of Islam paying particular attention to the key beliefs of Prophethood, the Qur’an and life after death. This will prepare students for the rigour of the GCSE course which begins in Year 9. Students will then go on to study a unit focusing on Crime and Punishment, helping to develop thoughts and opinions about current issues such as the legal system and types of punishment including the Death Penalty. The final term focuses on the Journey of Life, looking at the key milestones of human experience and rites of passage.

Year 9 introduces some of the key moral issues that are part of the AQA GCSE RE. This introduction allows students to consider some sensitive issues and decide whether they would like to choose to take this subject at GCSE. In Year 9, we try to keep the curriculum flexible so that we can adapt to real world issues and let the students make some of the decisions about where their learning takes them. This year, our Year 9 students have investigated Christian attitudes to marriage, divorce, sexuality, abortion and euthanasia. We will also examine the concept of human rights and social justice using examples from contemporary society. In the final term we will look at the topic of peace and conflict in our world today and the attitude of different faith groups.

We expect that over the course of the three years in their Religious Education lessons that they will have built up the enquiry, investigation and evaluation skills to enable them to objectively look into some of the most sensitive and emotive issues and to respond to them and other attitudes towards them with thoughtfulness and respect.

Key Stage 4 Ethics

Students who opt in KS4 to study for an additional GCSE will follow the AQA board: Religious Studies Specification A. This is a rigorous course and in one hour a week relies heavily on students having a good broad and balanced understanding of faiths and beliefs from KS3 as well as the ability to work independently or attend extra sessions throughout the academic year.

Students will study two different religions in depth from a choice of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This is combined with a paper examining their knowledge and understanding of thematic studies on a choice of the following topics: ‘Religion and families’, ‘Religion and life’, ‘The existence of God and revelation’, ‘Religion, peace and conflict’, ‘Religion, crime and punishment’ or ‘Religion, human rights and social justice’. This course is assessed by two written exams at the end of Year 11.

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