Religious Education is an intriguing and dynamic subject which teaches pupils about the society and the world upon which they live. They question the beliefs, ethics and values throughout different religions, cultures and communities. The Religious Education curriculum at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is intended to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills required to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural character, while engaging them with ethical and philosophical issues they may confront in the world. We help to develop the range of thinking and learning skills necessary for future learning and an opportunity to choose to further their studies with a GCSE and A level that focuses on Philosophy, Ethics and Religion. We strive to create a holistic individual, by providing every pupil with the opportunity to develop an understanding of 21st Century world.
The RE curriculum (Years 7 – 10) cover a range of topics following the Lancashire Locally Agreed Syllabus adopted by Halton, working alongside the ECM, Citizenship and PHSE programme. The students also study religious and non-religious beliefs of the local community, county and country. The students also have an opportunity to study philosophical topics, such as the problem of evil, where they can creative discuss and debate controversial topics.
Year 7 Units:
1) Where we Belong – community, festivals, heroes and responsibilities
2) What is Christianity – beliefs, values, ethics and practices of 21st Century Christianity
3) What is Hinduism – beliefs, values, ethics and practices of 21st Century Hinduism
Year 8 Units:
1) Guidance in Life – Truth, Laws, Stories, Creationist debate
2) What is Buddhism – beliefs, values, ethics and practices of 21st Century Buddhism
3) Media and Religion – a study into how the media and religion are interconnected both positively and negatively.
Year 9 Units:
1) Truth and Meaning – human purpose, the soul, poverty and charity
2) What is Islam - beliefs, values, ethics and practices of 21st Century Islam
3) The Problem of Evil – a philosophical study into how the existence of evil poses a problem for religious believers throughout the world.
Year 10 Units:
1) Ethical Dilemmas – forgiveness, golden rules, love and justice
2) What is Judaism - beliefs, values, ethics and practices of 21st Century Judaism
3) Spirituality – Non-religious beliefs, new spiritual movements, leading figures of spirituality.
Philosophy/Religious Studies is offered at both KS4 and KS5.
GCSE Religious Studies/Philosophy (Years 9 – 11)
Students will study three units:
Component 1: Philosophical and Ethical Issues in the Modern World - 50% of overall mark
Students will examine four separate issues relating to issues faced with the 21st century and how different worldviews interpret them. Pupils will students: issues with relationships, issues with good and evil, issues with human rights and issues with life and death.
Component 2: Study of Christianity – 25% of overall mark
Students will perform a deep dive into Christianity, as an integral and core characteristic of British society, including the core beliefs and how it is practiced in the UK.
Component 3: Study of a World Tradition – 25% of overall mark
Students are required to analyse the beliefs, teachings and practices of a world tradition and how that has impacted Britain today.
A Level Philosophy/Religious Studies (Years 12 and 13):
Students will study three units:
Component 1: Study of Philosophy – 33.3% of overall mark
Students will have to analyse the philosophical debates that have existed since the Ancient Greek period up to the atheistic debate of the current world. With topics including: the problem of evil, the existence of a deity, the meaningfulness of language and the existence of an afterlife.
Component 2: Study of Ethics – 33.3% of overall mark
Students will assess how ethics is used throughout society in such topics as: medical ethics, war and peace, equality and environmental ethics, while also studying ethical theories and how best to apply them. For example, Utilitarianism, Deontology and Virtue Ethics.
Component 3: Study of a World Tradition – 33.3% of overall mark
Students will study how a world tradition impacts the wider world in the 20th and 21st century. They will analyse the beliefs, practices and divisions that have shaped that world tradition and the impact that has had globally. Students will also be asked to discuss how the rise of secularism has impacted this world tradition.
The department is proud to have a number of our sixth form students’ progress to study philosophy, ethics and world religion based-disciplines at university. Students who have studied these at OBA have gone on or will be moving on to secure careers in:
· Public relations
· Political careers
· Journalism and media based careers
Mr S McGlory (Head of History and RE)