Religious Education Department Information
In the current climate of religious confusion and tension in the world we at John Smeaton Academy aim as a department to reflect the reality of what is happening in a world of diverse beliefs and values. We also contribute actively to pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
We aim to give students the opportunity to focus on the role of religions in encouraging peace and harmony and caring for the poor and the environment, as well as considering the role of religions in reinforcing stereotypes and prejudice around issues such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race.
Students at John Smeaton Academy study Religious Education as a compulsory subject in year 7, 8 and 9.
Students are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and those of others, both religious and non-religious. As well as developing social and literacy skills, we aim to foster an attitude of respect and understanding for those around us, both in school and in the community. Our teaching style is centred on students being creative, reflective, and respectful. We place a huge emphasis on enjoying finding out about the variety of beliefs and values in Britain today.
Throughout Year 7 we study the topics of the six main religions and their beliefs and religion and the environment. Students are encouraged to discuss their beliefs and values whilst also learning to respect diversity and to understand the meaning of tolerance.
Students in Year 8 learn about Christian beliefs, Humanism, Peaceful Protest and religious/moral beliefs as to whether humans should use animals. In Year 8 Humanist and secular views are addressed to ensure that pupils are receiving a full and rounded understanding of the world they live in.
In Year 9, students revisit the beliefs of a range of different religious groups and the impact of humans on the environment to build upon their previous learning and examine in more detail the ideas of tolerance and diversity in society.