At Goodwin Academy, the principal aim of Religious Education drop down days are to engage pupils in systematic enquiry in to significant human questions which religion and worldviews 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.
The purpose of Religious Education
- RE contributes dynamically to young people’s education by provoking challenging questions about the purpose and meaning in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
- In RE students learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions.
- Students learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, develop and express their insights in response and to agree or disagree respectfully.
- Teaching equips pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, views, values and identities.
- Pupils develop an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religious and worldviews.
- Pupils gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority. They will learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values while respecting the right of others to differ.
The RE curriculum at Goodwin Academy has been designed to develop attitudes such as respect, care and concern, all qualities that are valued in a broad range of career pathways. Careers such as the Public Services, where working with diverse communities requires an appreciation and understanding of differing lifestyles.
The skills and knowledge that our curriculum encompasses enables students to develop transferable skills that support any career choice, in addition the range of topics covered by the programme at Goodwin, aims to develop cultural capital, curiosity and wonder, fairness and self-understanding, giving our young people the powerful knowledge required to move to their next steps.
Fundamental British Values
FBV is at the core of the curriculum at Goodwin Academy. During students’ time studying RE, they will be given the opportunity to understand why Britain has developed in the society they now see. Throughout the RE and wider curriculum we look explicitly at all of the Fundamental British Values.
- Rule of Law is considered across a number of topics including, Protest and Human Rights.
- Tolerance of different Cultures, beliefs and ways of living is promoted through promoting a safe environment where ideas can be explored and discussed. Each year group will experience two curriculum days where there will be a focus on developing an understanding around different belief systems, which is key to combating misconceptions of certain groups.
- The promotion of mutual respect is key to working collaboratively and is promoted throughout the academy, especially through project work.
- Individual Liberty is considered not only through the topics we teach but, in the way, we teach and model behaviour.
- The importance of fairness and self-understanding, feeling confident about their own beliefs while appreciating the views of others without prejudging one’s response.