Subject RE/Ethics
Members of staff Mrs K Gray, Mrs J O’Donnell, Mr R Marley, Mr D Parr, Miss A Blythe, Mr A Clifford, Mr P Johnson, Mrs S Wann, Mrs A Hardwick
Subject overview

RE and Ethics are challenging and important subjects. We cover the Agreed Syllabus for RE within Ethics lessons and across Humanities subjects. Ethics lessons encourage students to consider a broad range of issues to do with morality, faith and ethical dilemmas. Students will learn to consider a range of theoretical and philosophical viewpoints within the context of specific focus areas. Students will be asked to investigate a range of viewpoints of any give subject and to consider the reasons why our society/culture is the way it is, and how it differs from other societies/cultures around the world. We are developing an approach which will see ‘Oral Literacy’ or ‘Oracy’ being the focus of many lessons and students will be supported to develop a range of skills within the subject which are essential for academic success across the board. Ethics requires students to study some difficult issues, where at times, challenging images, ideas and questions may be posed. This is a part of our subject and staff will always be sensitive to student age and deal with difficult issues in an age-appropriate way, with age-appropriate resources. Where staff know that students may be personally affected by some of the topics/issues discussed, they will seek advice from Guidance Leaders and ensure that support is given if necessary.

Key Stage 3

Across Year 7 & 8, students will have 4 or 5 Humanities lessons per week. These lessons are timetabled as ‘History. Geography or Ethics’. During Ethics lessons students will cover explicit content which relates to global faiths including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism. They will learn about beliefs and values and cultural ceremonies within various faiths. Students will see this knowledge in context of the topics which they are studying within History and Geography at the time. Students will also consider ethical and/or moral issues within lessons and will pose and consider philosophical questions as part of our ‘Philosophy for Children’ curriculum. Students will be given opportunities to develop their oracy skills and their ability to reflect upon difficult and challenging questions.

Content Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term 1 Information for this section to follow.
Autumn term 2
Spring term 1
Spring term 2
Summer term 1
Summer term 2
Key Stage 4

In Year 9 and 10 students have one lesson per week for Ethics/RE.

We cover the following topics although not necessarily in the order laid out below so there may be some difference between teaching groups.

Content Year 9 Year 10
Autumn term 1 Prejudice and Discrimination Elderly and the End of Life
Autumn term 2 Prejudice and Discrimination Medical Ethics
Spring term 1 Identity, Individuality, and Media Animal Rights
Spring term 2 Rich & Poor Gender Equality
Summer term 1 Crime & Punishment Environmental Ethics
Summer term 2 Crime & Punishment Charity
Revision links for GCSE course

Not applicable

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

Parents can show an interest in the issues and ideas that students will hopefully share at home. Many of the issues we study will be relevant to the modern world, to current affairs or recent events/developments. A wider knowledge of society, news and events is always useful for students and so encouraging students to have an awareness of weekly news events will support general knowledge and understanding.

Extra-Curricular Activities