Religious Education at PCS

Peacehaven Community School offers a Religious Education curriculum which is designed to equip students with the information to support them through the challenges of their life at secondary school as well as encourage them to be open-minded and fully prepared for life in modern Britain. Students should extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views, recognising their local, national and global context.

Building on their prior learning, they learn to appreciate religions and world views in systematic ways. They should draw on a wide range of subject-specific language confidently and flexibly, learning to use the concepts of religious study to describe the nature of religion. They should understand how beliefs influence the values and lives of individuals and groups, and how religions and world views have an impact on wider current affairs. They should be able to appraise the practices and beliefs they study with increasing discernment based on analysis, interpretation and evaluation, developing their capacity to articulate well-reasoned positions.

The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views address so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

RE teaching and learning should enable pupils to know about and understand range of religions and world views. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views.

Our school mission statement ‘Aspire, Believe, Achieve’ embodies our attitude and intentions towards the importance of the development of all aspects of the
Religious Education curriculum.

The Religious Education Curriculum at Peacehaven Community School covers the following areas:

The Religious Education curriculum is delivered in a number of ways building on our five core values Resilience, Reliability, Rigour, Respect, and Representation.

Through Religious Education at Peacehaven Community School students build understanding of Philosophy, Ethics and the six world faiths. They are encouraged to develop their own understanding of personal beliefs and to question misunderstandings and assumptions facing religious communities in our society.

Experiences and enrichment opportunities at Peacehaven Community School
• exploring sacred texts
• meeting visitors from local religious communities
• making visits to religious places of worship where possible, and where not, making use of videos and the internet
• taking part in whole school events- (multi-faith days, Harvest Festival, school performances)
• participating in moments of quiet reflection
• using ICT to further explore religion and belief globally
• comparing religions and world views through discussion
• debating and communicating religious belief, world views and philosophical ideas and answering and asking ultimate questions posed by these

Pupils should be taught to:
• Explore and comment on the key aspects of religions, believer’s lives, their stories and traditions and their influence
• Explore how practices are related to beliefs and teachings
• Interpret information about religion and religious beliefs through a range of
• Recognise similarities and differences within and between religions
• Consider how religious and spiritual ideas are expressed
• Describe and begin to encounter religious and other responses to ultimate questions and ethical or moral issues
• Use a developed religious vocabulary when discussing and expressing their knowledge and understanding

Learning from religion and belief
Pupils should be taught to:
• Reflect on what it means to belong to a faith community and how this relates to them and others’ lives
• Recognise how religious practice is conducted in a variety of ways
• Discuss their own and other’s views of religious truth and belief
• Reflect on morality and how people respond to decisions they are faced with
• Reflect on sources of information and what they find value in, in their own and other’s lives Impact
• extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs
• reflect on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular world-views
• explore ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in an ever-changing society
•Use of assessment for learning to gauge understanding and progress
•The impact our RE curriculum is also evaluated directly from the pupils through google surveys and student voice.