The Department of Religious Education strives for a curriculum that is coherent, challenging, rigorous and well sequenced, with the opportunity to explore all six world religions, humanism and atheism across years 7, 8 and 9. At all times, students should be exposed to and be given the opportunity to engage with religious scholarship to allow them to become religiously literate. For example, the relationship between faith and action. Knowledge is placed at the forefront of the curriculum to allow students of Religious Education at Armfield Academy to become aware of people of all faiths and none, and how these impact upon their everyday lives. Skills are utilised as a tool for students to demonstrate their emerging knowledge, understanding and depth of thought. This focus upon religious literacy and a knowledge rich curriculum should ensure that students are prepared for the rigour, depth and breadth of GCSE Religious Studies, but more importantly to enter the multicultural world of work. Finally, students are actively challenged to encounter, grapple with and understand complex lexical choices with a specific focus on tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary through the use of regular keyword tests and challenges, as well as explicit teaching.
Throughout their KS3 studies, students will encounter a curriculum that allows them to build a growing tolerance and respect for the world around them with effective interweaving of content as well as meaningful utilisation of previous content, concepts and knowledge. Students will be made aware of the local context of religious beliefs and practices and the way these shape the local community. For example, students may first encounter the concept of a religious experience when studying the impact of faith on Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights work, but they will revisit this concept when studying the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) experience of the revelation of the Qur’an (Lilat-Ul-Qudr).
Religious Education Curriculum