Religious Education is part of the Social Sciences Faculty.
Although the foundational beliefs of most religions have not changed for thousands of years, the subject of Religious Education has seen significant developments over recent years within Education. Religious Education is now commonly seen to be divided into three sections: Philosophy, Ethics and Religion. This modern division is reflected in the Religious Education curriculum here at Windsor High School and Sixth Form so students are aware of both the traditional history of different faiths, as well as the relevance of religious teachings on contemporary topics such as abortion and euthanasia.
The Dudley Sacre, which guides the curriculum of Religious Education, identifies two main aims within Religious Education. Students will be ‘learning about religion’ and ‘learning from religion’. In context, these broad aims support the students towards the following objectives to name only a few examples:
- Engage with religious and spiritual beliefs and practices in an open and informed manner.
- Learn about a variety of religions: specifically Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. In particular we focus on beliefs and their applications to real life experiences and decisions.
- Learn from religions by understanding that religions provide insights into how to interpret and respond to life experiences.
- Develop a reflective approach to one’s own experiences and beliefs.
- Understand religion in the context of a variety of world-views.
Accommodation and Resources
Religious Education is taught in two specialist rooms. Within these specialist room the classroom environment is designed specifically to support students’ needs in the subject. The Quote Wall references key teachings found within scripture, whilst the Key Term Wall reminds students of the subject specific terminology within the subject.
The department is well resourced with textbooks, artefacts and DVDs. We also have an impressive range of teacher resource packs designed by Religious Educations specialist teachers to support student when approaching GCSE and A-Level examinations.
As active users of ICT, Google Drive and Google Classroom further supports the learning of Religious Education students outside the classroom as it documents homework and allows students to electronically access many additional revision resources. This is in addition to the interactive whiteboards found within both Religious Education specialist rooms, which are used to enhance learning by presenting stimulating visual materials, short clips and a variety of ICT functions and software.
Key Stage 3
Students have one 50-minute lesson per week of Religious Education in Years 7, 8 and 9. Students are taught in line with the Dudley Agreed Syllabus, with a focus on Religion with years 8 and 9 and a focus on Ethics in year 9.
Module 1 – Introduction to Religion
Module 2 – Sikhism
Module 3 – Islam Beliefs
Module 1 – Islam Practices
Module 2 – Christian Beliefs
Module 3 – Christian Practices
Module 1 – Human Rights and Social Injustice
Module 2 – Religion and Life
Module 3 – Religion, Conflict and Crime
Key Stage 4
Students who opt for GCSE Religious Studies take the full course AQA syllabus A. The course is divided into two sections, with both being equally weighted at 50%. The first element is the study of Beliefs and Practices of two religions; Christianity and Islam. The second element is the study of four philosophical and ethical themes: Religion and Life; Religion, Peace and Conflict; Religion, Crime and Punishment; Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice.
Each year between 30 and 80 students choose Religious Studies, reflecting a recent increased popularity and recognised importance towards the subject. Further our results have been consistently significantly above the national average, although results vary according to the ability level of each cohort.
Key Stage 5
Students who opt for A-Level Religious Studies study AQA Religious Studies. This specification is divided into two parts, with both being equally weighted at 50%. The first element of study is of Philosophy or Religion and Ethics. The second element is the study of Religion and Dialogues.
Each year the A-Level classes include students who have chosen a variety of other A-Level subjects, with notable reference to those who are also studying subjects within the Social Sciences Faculty including Law, Psychology, Sociology, History and Geography.