Religious Studies

RE at The Nicholas Hamond Academy aims to be an academically rigorous, knowledge rich subject, which develops students’ ability to think deeply and critically analyse the world around them, whilst broadening their cultural and religious awareness in an area of the country that lacks the cultural, religious and ethnic diversity found elsewhere.

Currently, students will study RE in Years 7 and 8 through 1 lesson per-fortnight. In these lessons, they will study a broad range of religious beliefs, looking at Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Students then utilise this key knowledge of major religions to enquire about philosophical and ethical units, including World Religions and their Beliefs, Human Rights and the After Life.

The intention is also to allow students the opportunity to show SMSC via:

  • An ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • An interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues
  • An understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • An understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • An interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the local, national and global communities .

British Values are frequently referenced, as is CEIAG

Philosophy and RE Year 7-8 Curriculum Plan